The Abney Effect is a multi-genre ensemble that features original compositions, high energy dance, and musical improvised excellence.
Price Range: $100-$8000
Gig Length: 20 - 370 minutes
What to Expect
Mario Abney and The Abney Effect brings the complete show. We are a high energy ensemble that embodies the spirit of New Orleans music. We come highly recommended by many, both celebrity and non-celebrity alike. I have performed at private and public events for people like Robin Roberts of Good Morning America. We have performed at venues like The Jazz Playhouse, The Carousel Lounge in the Monteleon, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, and many more reputable venues in the area. Backed by past testimonials, we are sure to deliver an unforgettably entertaining experience.
My big band includes a trumpet, trombone, saxophone, keys/piano, bass, guitar, a vocalist, drums, a DJ, and sound person. We will even provide a DJ to keep you entertained during the bands breaks if any. Weather you are looking for a second line band for 30 minutes or band to rock the whole night, we've got you covered. Customize the band to fit your budget.
"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 shows his moves! Well done sir!" Lawrence Kasporowitz
"Two more reasons New Orleans breathes life. Mario Abney, one of the most singular voices on trumpet. Plays like a bird" Don Paul
"We'd happened upon him at Sweet Lorraines several years ago and I never got over it. What a performance!" Diana Shaw
"A vibrant artistic and colorful masterpiece expression of soul from Mario Abney with his album release "Instant Grits". Check it out people and get your dance on!" Phil Fornette
“An amazing discovering for me was Chicago trumpeter, Mario
Abney with amazing fire trumpet flares. This sextet played
with intensity and power, way beyond their years for a young
Adriana Mateo Coast Magazine
“With a sound that draws equally from the inspiration of Miles
Davis and New Orleans second line brass band tradition, trumpeter
Mario Abney is emerging as a major new voice in 21st century
The Rogovoy Report
“Mario opened the tent there last year and completely
tore it up......hardbop,funk,modern jazz all
wrapped up into one high-fueled package.”
Dan Melnick Absolutely Live Entertainment
“Mario Abney is the Truth “
Nita Ketner WWOZ
2009 and 2010 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festivals
2010 Saratoga Jazz Festival
2008 and 2009 Jazz Aspen Snow Mass Festivals
Millennium Jazz Series@ 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
International Jazz Fest NYC
Esmereldas Music Fest Ecuador
Residency Snug Harbor – New Orleans, La.
The Balcony Music Club – New Orleans, La.
Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Supper Club – New Orleans, La.
The Jazz Playhouse New Orleans
The Iridium New York
The Maison Frenchmen New Orleans
The Maison Bourbon New Orleans
The House of Blues New Orleans
The Prime Example New Orleans
Three Muses New Orleans
Cliff Bells Michigan
The Polo Room Windsor Court NOLA
The Carousel Lounge Monteleon NOLA
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.
Additional Booking Notes
(The rider below is the minimal requirements.
Where as some items can be changed or adjusted
please contact us about any requirements that can
not be provided).
3 Microphones with stands
- 1 Vocal Mic
- 1 Trumpet Mic
- 1 Trombone mic
3 to 5 piece drums set w/ 1ride cymbal stand, 1
crash cymbal stand and a hihat stand.
1 Phantom X8 Keyboard
1 two tier Keyboard stands
House P.A. System with at least 16 channel Mixing
6 direct boxes
1 bass amp
1 bass head
1 keyboard amp
*A sound person can be provided at an extra charge
Mario Abney-Instant Grits
Mario Abney- Rollin
Mario Abney- Ora Sweet Ora
Bye Bye Blackbird
All of Me
All of You
All the things you are
Miles Davis-All Blues
Beseme Mucho- standard
frank sinatra- fly me to the moon
maze-we are one
maze-joy and pain
etta james- at last
polk a dots and moonbeans
louis armstrong-what a wonderful world
louis armstrong- Lavien Rose
mario abney - one
St. James Infirmary
stylistics-people make the world go round
Influences & Inspiration
Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, Louis Armstrong, Roy Hargrove, Winton Marsellis, Hot 8 Brass Band
(The rider below is the minimal requirements. Where as some items can be changed or adjusted please contact us about any requirements that can not be provided). 3 Microphones with stands - 1 Vocal Mic - 1 Trumpet Mic - 1 Trombone mic 6 monitors 3 to 5 pie