Morris Pleasure


Known affectionately as “Mo Pleasure”, Mo began playing acoustic piano by ear at the age of four for family and friends, and by his early teens, had mastered several instruments, including bass, trumpet, guitar, drums and violin.


While a music student at the University of Connecticut, Mo’s mastery of the electric bass excelled to exceptional heights, ultimately catching the attention of the legendary Ray Charles, who, during a live performance, hired him on the spot for his 1984-1986 international tour.


Upon receiving his Bachelor or Arts degree in music composition and arranging from UCONN in 1986, Mo graduated to pleasing a variety of audiences worldwide, has earned a multitude of accolades, the respect of his peers, and has performed continuously on various domestic and international artist tours, featuring George Duke, Natalie Cole, James Ingram, Dianne Reeves, Jonathan Butler, Rachelle Ferrell, Marion Meadows, Paula Abdul, Angela Bofill, Everette Harp and Marcus Miller, to name a few.


From 1989 through 1992, Mo has been both featured keyboardist and musical director with saxophonist Najee, pianist, Alex Bugnon, vocalists Philip Bailey, Patti Austin, Phil Perry, Miki Howard, Jon Lucien, and in 1993, became a member of Earth, Wind & Fire and the group’s musical director in 1994. Currently touring with Janet Jackson’s “All For You Tour”, Mo is featured performing on keyboards, trumpet and guitar. 


In addition to performing annually at various jazz festivals including Montreaux, North Sea, Aruba, St. Lucia, Cancun, Acapulco and Montreal, Mo’s diverse and charismatic abilities shine as a featured pianist on Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue with the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra and have been documented in numerous television and video appearances, including the BBC, Mad TV, BET, The Tonight Show, VIBE, ABC, American Music Awards, The Today Show, VH1, FOX and Rosie O’Donnell.


For the last decade, Mo’s extensive discography of musical compositions have been memorialized through his publishing company “Moplay Music,” which includes recording studio/CD credits with Gerald Albright, Maurice White, Sonny Emory, Marion Meadows, the “Brazilian Rain” single featured on “Urban Knights II”, “Midnight Mood,” the title cut on George Howard’s final project, Tokyo Blue” Najee’s Gold/Best Jazz Album – 1991 Soul Train Music Awards in addition to five songs on the most recent Earth, Wind & Fire CD “In The Name of Love.


His movie soundtrack debut includes, the “Cruisin’” single, featured in Spike Lee’s “Get On The Bus” and “Talkin”, co-written by Mo, featured in the Disney Movie, “Three Men And A Little Lady.”

His newest project is the Great Dane. More about this group here.