Mo Egeston All-Stars have created a unique groove driven sound and vibe around the originals, reworks and arrangements of pianist Maurice “Mo” Egeston. It’s a sound that blends influences of jazz, soul, Latin, funk, r&b and electronic music, hallmarks of his style since his days with the pioneering live house/electronic project Urban Jazz Naturals.
For the Celebrate the Groove shows, Mo expands the band’s sound by collaborating with like-minded vocalists and songwriters from the region including frequent collaborator and 2023 Artist Support Grant recipient AhSa-Ti Nu and powerhouse vocalist Nikki Ellis
A multi-disciplinary artist with work rooted in poetry, storytelling, sound engineering and activism, AhSa-Ti Nu utilizes her voice as a means of expressing soulful words in a contemporary context. AhSa-Ti Nu’s influences of gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues and rock continue to shape her goal as an artist: to create music that everyone can connect to emotionally and spiritually.
Hailing from Chattanooga, Tennessee Nikki’s powerful soul and jazz influenced vocals first caught Mo’s attention through their work together at St. John’s UCC- The Beloved Community. Along with drummer Andrew Gibson (and occasionally percussionist Duane Williams), Nikki and Mo are a part of the St. John’s Music Ministry so their musical bonds are already well developed. Nikki will be featured on Mo’s arrangements of modern soul, jazz standards and R&B.