Yeah, You Right: Mario Abney

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Published on: June 19th, 2009


Mario Abney, Photo by Digital Dev
Mario Abney, Photo by Digital Dev

In our "Yeah, You Right!" interview series, we toss 20 rapid-fire questions at some of the New Orleans music scene's brightest stars. Some of their answers will surprise you, so sit back and enjoy the ride!

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. 

Q: Crystal or Louisiana Hot Sauce?
A: Louisiana Hot Sauce.

Q: Zapp’s or Tater Tots?
A: Zapp's.

Q: Mint Julep or Hurricane?
A: Mint Julep.

Q: Beach or pool?
A: Beach.

Q: Concert hall or nightclub?
A: Concert hall.

Q: Congo Square Stage or Acura Stage?
A: Congo Square.

Q: iTunes or Louisiana Music Factory?
A: iTunes.

Q: Wynton Marsalis or Lil’ Wayne?
A: Wynton Marsalis.

Q: Aretha or Mahalia?
A: Mahalia.

Q: Samuel L. Jackson or Will Smith?
A: Samuel L. Jackson.

Q: Lost or the Food Network?
A: Lost.

Q: The Daily Show or CNN?

Q: Facebook or MySpace?
A: MySpace.

Q: TV or radio?
A: TV.

Q: Books or magazines?
A: Books. [You better be reading that Lee Morgan biography, Mario! —MK]

Q: SUV or Prius?
A: Prius.

Q: 1970s or 80s?
A: '70s.

Q: NBA or NFL?

Q: The Godfather or the Godfather of Soul?
A: James Brown.

Q: French Quarter or Uptown?
A: French Quarter.

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