BIOGRAPHY

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 best 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. It was during high school years that his interest turned from piano and drums to wind instruments. 

Marioʼs first experience hearing jazz was durring a Wynton Marsalis concert. After the jazz trumpet peaked his interest in music, Mario began to absorb the music of Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and all of the great trumpeters who pioneered the music. During his sophomore year Mario began his study under the direction of John McFadden, Mike McGrath, and Phill Crews of Thornton Township High School, 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. The sessions at the Velvet Lounge were proved to be fruitful to 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 majoring in Music Education with a minor in jazz studies. “During my college years I became involved in the jazz scene in Dayton performing 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 Mario Abney was inspired to lead his own Quintet. During a performance at the Dayton RiverWalk festival in 2007 Mario became inspired by the New Orleans music scene. By spring of 2008 Mario Abney and two members from his quintet moved to New Orleans. 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. Mario Abney Quintet recorded thier first album, "Spirtual Perception". Mario continued to reach people with his muisc at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2009 & 2010. It was durring this year that Mario Abney was invited to play as himself in HBO series, Treme. In 2011 Mario Abney toured with his band, The Abney Effect, to Equador for The Cultural Exchange Program between the US and Equador. Performing at The Saratoga Jazz Fest, XRIJF, Satchmo Fest and several other festivals has opened many doors for Mario Abney as he has continued to reach people all over the world and is compared to Miles Davis by many. 

   

Limited List of Past Venues Festivals, and Events:

  • The Jazz Playhouse New Orleans

  • The Iridium New York

  • Snug Harbor New Orleans

  • The Maison Frenchmen New Orleans

  • The Maison Bourbon New Orleans

  • Jazz and Heritage Fest New Orleans

  • The Saratoga Jazz Festival

  • International Xerox Jazz Fest NY

  • Sweet Lorraine's New Orleans

  • The House of Blues New Orleans

  • The Prime Example New Orleans

  • Three Muses New Orleans

  • The Franklin Catfish Festival

  • Cliff Bells Michigan 

  • The Esmeraldas Music Fest Ecuador

  • Balony Music Club New Orleans

  • The Polo Room Windsor Court NOLA

  • The Carousel Lounge Monteleon NOLA