Since coming to New Orleans in 2001, Danny Abel has become one of the most in demand guitar players in the Crescent City. Originally from Jackson, MS, Danny began playing guitar at the age of 11. Learning to play music in Jackson, he quickly developed a strong sense of blues and got his introduction to jazz, two styles which largely shape his playing today. At the age of 18 Danny moved to New Orleans and began studying jazz performance at UNO, getting the opportunity to study with Steve Masakowski, Hank Mackie, and Ed Petersen, just to name a few. He graduated in 2005 and has stayed in the city, gigging regularly all over town.
Today Danny’s main gig is touring with Tank and The Bangas. You can find him in venues and at festivals all over the world with the band. And when he’s not on tour with TATB you can find him at many venues around New Orleans, playing numerous styles. His diversity is one of his strongest assets and enables him to maintain a full schedule year round. Danny is a core member of live-electronic band Gravity A, in addition to playing with the high energy funk outfit Khris Royal and Dark Matter. Other groups you can catch Danny with include: Pat Casey and the New Sound, Soul Brass Band, Corey Henry & The Treme Funktet, Derrick Freeman & Smoker’s World, Groovesect, etc – this list goes on and on. Additionally, he has had the opportunity to share the stage with many great musicians, including George Porter Jr., Doug Wimbish, Fred Wesley, Nicholas Payton, Stanton Moore, Ike Stubblefield, Terrence Higgins, Nigel Hall, Big Sam Williams, and countless others.
Danny’s love for New Orleans has kept him in the city for almost two decades and he has no plans to leave. The vibrant culture and bustling music scene create an ideal location for him. Just as diverse as the city itself is his musical palette and for that reason New Orleans has become his home. Keep an eye out for the busy guitarist when you go to see live music in the Crescent City and around the world.