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The versatile artist, known in the business as a musician’s musician, says being on the road with The Divine Miss M. was every bit as unpredictable — and stellar — as one might expect.

Multi-instrumentalist and producer Morris Pleasure ’86 (SFA) got an early start to his professional career after chatting with a member of the Ray Charles Orchestra when the legendary High Priest of Soul performed at UConn. A year later, he hit the road as a member of the Orchestra.

Over the past three decades, Pleasure has established himself as an in-demand performer working with prominent acts, such as Earth, Wind & Fire; Michael Jackson; George Duke; Chaka Khan; Mary J. Blige; Natalie Cole; Christina Aguilera; and Frankie Beverly, among others.

Last summer he served as the music director for Bette Midler’s “Divine Intervention” world tour. After a tour stop at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, he played a gig with other tour musicians at Infinity Hall in Hartford, where he spoke with UConn Magazine.

To hear Mo play, go to s.uconn.edu/mopleasure

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