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Mario Abney in "WWOZ's "Yeah You Right"" 

"Trumpeter Mario Abney is one of the most soft-spoken musicians in New Orleans off the bandstand. On the gig, however, he's a fiery force on his horn, often shouting encouragement to his bandmates whether performing at Jazz Fest or in the Balcony Music Club. And if you think he's a one-trick pony, guess again: This talented multi-instrumentalist can often be seen on the bandstand behind the drums and at the keyboard. He's played with stars like Wynton Marsalis and Erykah Badu, but his own contemporary jazz group — the Mario Abney Quintet — is soaring sky high. "

Mario Abney in All About Jazz

"Mario Abney 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 dialogue, Mario is one of Ohio's hidden jazz treasures."

Mario Abney in JazzBeat

"The diminutive trumpet virtuoso Mario Abney made his debut as a leader at this month's edition of the Dayton Art Institute's "Just Jazz" series.

Included in his quintet were trombonist Stan Middleton, pianist Eliot Cardinaux, bassist Ariel de la Portilla and drummer Anthony Lee. Special guest with the group was tenor saxophonist Brian Wingard.

The group meshed well, playing tunes by Herbie Hancock and others, along with some originals. There was plenty of solo time for all, and Brian Wingard gave a stirring rendition of John Coltrane's After the Rain . Stivers student Aaron Holbrook joined the group later on alto saxophone and it turned into quite a jam session. …"