Deftly fusing modern jazz, bebop and blues to soul, second line brass and funk, Chicago-born New Orleans trumpeter Mario Abney leads his band with an enlivening spirit and fresh presence that communicate the many complex connections within his highly developed musical identity. He weaves a diversely jubilant jazz sound from his strong foundation of musicianship, abundant energy and passionate creativity.
The Chicago Windy City Ramblers INC. is a Non-Profit Brass Band Organization that is dedicated to the cultural development of the Youth of Chicago through the Brass Band and Second Line Culture. The Windy City Ramblers Brass Band builds from the musical legacy and festive spirit of the New Orleans brass band and second line culture while embracing the rich creative history of Chicago music culture and musicianship. Musically and Culturally, our aim is to inspire, cultivate, maintain and employ excellent musicianship, professionalism, bandsmanship, and cultural enlightenment.
The Goal of the Windy City Ramblers is to transcend the culture of the Youth in the Chicagoland area. It is the goal of this organization to Inspire the Youth of Chicagoland through our music. Improve the success rates of youth transitioning into adulthood through the hands on professional experiences of playing in a brass band. Furthermore, our goal is to continually produce the Next Generation of Professional Musicians through our institution and its Cultural contributions and services.