The Mario Abney Quintet/ The Abney Effect

  • Band / Solo Performer
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Jazz, Acid Jazz, Black American Music, Soul Jazz Music Funk, Go-Go, Gospel, Singer songwriter, New Age, Disco, Dixieland, Hip Hop, House, Jam bands, World Fusion, Free Jazz, Reggaeton, Afrobeat More...


New Orleans LA United States

Sounds Like

Many different genres of Music but manly Jazz



Digital Location


Member since: 03/27/2013 Year Founded: 2002


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Mario Abney

New Orleans

performer / composer 504.339.7196


  • Original material: 10 hrs : 00 min
  • Average Draw: 150
  • Largest crowd: 1,500
  • Have sound: No PA
  • Original Songs:
  • CDs released: 1
  • CDs sold: 2000
  • Digital songs sold: 10


Chicago born and raised Jazz Trumpeter Mario Abney now of New Orleans fuses traditional and extended trumpet techniques in a most inventive way; his strikingly personal instrumental vision endows the music with an infinite array of tonal color. Recognized for his ability to create pure musical dialog, and hear music in a universally spiritual way, he is definitely one of New Orleans most pioneering young jazz musicians. Trumpeter, composer and bandleader Mario Abneyʼs musical career began with his introduction to the piano at age 7. Influenced by his uncle Arthurʼs piano playing and the musical background of his church, Abneyʼs love and fascination for music grew. By age 11 Mario added drums to his musical experiences. He continued to hone his percussion skills by playing drums for his church. It was during high school years that his interest turned from piano and drums to wind instruments.

“Iʼve always loved playing instruments, it was just something that seemed to come naturally for me and allowed me to express myself,” says Abney. During Marioʼs freshman year in high school he enrolled in the beginning band program and played the mellophone and french horn. Marioʼs first experience hearing jazz was the music of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. “I heard a song by Wynton Marsalis from the “Tune in Tomorrow” soundtrack and I was hooked, I knew the trumpet was my instrument.” After jazz trumpet peaked his interest in music Mario began to absorb the music of Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and all the great trumpeters who pioneered the music.

During his sophomore year Mario picked up trumpet and under the direction of John McFadden, Mike McGrath, and Phill Crews of Thornton Township High School, Mario began to focus on the trumpet. During the weekends Marioʼs mother Ora Abney would often drive Mario his best friend and several other young musicians to the historical Chicago Jazz Landmark Fred Anderson's The Velvet Lounge. Known for the most inspiring and creative jazz jam sessions in the nation, this is where Mario and many musicians like him self got their first experiences on the stage in a real performance. The sessions at the Velvet Lounge were key in Mario and many other Chicago musicians careers and musical development. Inspired by his Uncle Arthur, his experiences at church, jazz trumpet recordings and the sessions at The Velvet Lounge Mario set his sights on a career in music.

With a band scholarship in hand, Mario attended Central State University, Ohio, majoring in Music Education with a minor in jazz studies. It was at CSU that Mario began to learn more of the knowledge he had been seeking. In Abneyʼs freshman year he was introduced to Cincinnati Jazz trumpeter and music educator Mike Wade. Mike Wade was and remains to be one of Marioʼs musical mentors. While at CSU and the surrounding cities of the area Mario began to play professional gigs and play from special recommendations of his mentor. “During my college years I became involved in the jazz scene in Dayton playing trumpet in several professional ensembles such as the Afro-Cuban Jazz ensemble, Babalu, the Chicago based House of Twang, The Afro-Rican Ensemble, SYM, and several other ensembles. In 2001, after several years of playing as a side man Abney was inspired to lead his own Quintet. In 2004 Mario was invited to be part of the prestigious HBCU All Star Big Band Upon graduating from Central State University in (2005 B.A. Educational studies with emphasis in music Education and Jazz Studies) Mario held a weekly show with his quintet at the Dayton Jazz Club Jazz Central. and another at The 88 Club. During Marioʼs stint @Jazz Central he composed and recorded his first album Spiritual Perception and also became a known musician on the Local and Regional jazz scene.

From 2001 until 2008 Mario Abney has performed at many different venues in the Mid-West including The Velvet Lounge in Chicago, The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis, The Jazz Factory in Kentucky, Jazz At The Hyatt in Cincinnati, Jazz Central in Dayton, The Greenwich in Cincinnati, and many other clubs venues and festivals in the tri-state area. " During a performance at the Dayton RiverWalk festival in 2007 Mario became interested in going to New Orleans after hearing the Hot 8 Brass Band perform. By spring of 2008 Abney and two members from his quintet moved to New Orleans to absorb its rich musical culture and become part of the music scene. During the first year of his residency in the Crescent City, Mario was invited to perform with renowned artists Charmaine Neville, Ellis Marsalis, Delfpheo Marsalis, Irving Mayfield, Bill Summers, George Porter Jr. and many other outstanding New Orleans musicians.

Since Abneyʼs arrival to New Orleans he has been featured in the 2009 and 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festivals as well as the The 2010 Saratoga Jazz Festival and the 2008 and 2009 Jazz Aspen Snow Mass Festivals. Mario Abney has also been featured with residencies at Snug Harbor, The Balcony Music Club, Sweet Lorraine's Jazz Supper Club.

Other performances include appearances at the Millennium Jazz [email protected] Kennedy Center In D.C, The Columbus Jazz and Ribs Festival Columbus Ohio, The Dayton Black Culture Festival Dayton Ohio, The Masden District Jazz Festival Buffalo New York, The Ocho Rios Music Festival Ocho Rios Jamaica, The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Dover Delaware, and various other jazz and cultural festivals in Illinois, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, D.C and different destinations in the united States.

" As a musician and artist Mario is believes “music is freedom, its a channel from a Higher Source, and there is so much freedom in the beauty of that”. Mario constantly strives to let the music speak. As s composer Abneyʼs music can be heard on His Album Spiritual Perception radio stations such as, WWOZ New Orleans, WBOK New Orleans, WCSU Wilberforce Ohio, and several other radio stations and cable tv programs. Mario Abneyʼs compositions can also be heard during his weekly shows at The Winsor Court Polo Lounge Sundays in New Orleans and Wednesdays at Sweet Lorraine's Sundays in New Orleans. Currently Mario Abney is also a featured member of the Soul Apostles on the HBO tv series Treme.

" Mario has also appeared on stage with musicians such as Jimmy Cobb, Herlin Riley, Wes “Warmdaddy” Anderson, Christian McBride, Bill Summers, George Porter jr., Nicholas Payton, Kermit Ruffins, Erykah Badu, Ellis Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, and many other various outstanding musicians.

List of other Experiences and Performances
1.) A member of the Chuck Perkins and The Big Easy
2.) Briefly studied with Jazz saxophonist and composer Harold Battiste
3.) A current member of the Lagniappe Brass Band
4.) A current member of the New Orleans music ensemble Genes Music Machine
4.) Mario Abney has Three different contrasting Musical Ensembles
a.) The Abney Effect.
b.) The Mario Abney Quintet c.) The Avant Garde
5.)Was featured on NPR in 2005 All Things Considered in a report about Street Performers

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