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John Mahoney

John Mahoney

Jazz Arranger, Trombonist,
Pianist & Band Leader in
New Orleans, LA

New Orleans Trolley by Meagan Stone Photography

Discover the quintessential New Orleans jazz experience with John Mahoney

From solo piano to jazz quartet, the little band, or the big band, John effortlessly delivers the most professional and highly artistic performances tailored to fit your unique needs. Explore the versatility of New Orleans jazz through the expert craftsmanship of John Mahoney, ensuring an unforgettable musical experience for every occasion.

The John Mahoney


Performance at the New Orleans Jazz Museum

May 10, 2024

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Solo Piano

Perfect for any event or occasion

Solo piano music holds the power to transform any event, adapted to the scale and tone of your gathering. From intimate weddings and private dinners to grand affairs,  John's piano virtuosity knows no bounds.

John Mahoney Pianist
Big Band

Clubs, Festivals, Events

The John Mahoney Big Band has performed at Snug Harbor, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, the Loyola Jazz Festival & the Jazz Education Network conference.

John Mahoney Big Band at Snug Harbor
Little Band

Events that inspire dancing

The John Mahoney Little Band has a wide repertoire of Great American Songbook classics arranged with listeners and dancers in mind. 

Meryl Zimmerman and the John Mahoney Little Band
Duo | Trio

Bars, Restaurants & Events

Versatile ensemble combinations to fit the vibe of your space or event.

Ed Wise with John Mahoney Little Band

About John Mahoney

John Mahoney Pianist

A native of upstate New York, John Mahoney grew up listening to Glen Miller, Stan Kenton and Tommy Dorsey. His dad took him to hear Count Basie and that imprinted on his mind what would become his life's passion for jazz. 

John received his B.S. in Music Education from the State University of New York at Potsdam. In 1978, after playing professionally for six years, he earned his M.M. degree in Jazz and Contemporary Media from the prestigious Eastman School of Music.  

This led to a career of performing, arranging and teaching at Loyola University in New Orleans. John served as Coordinator of Instrumental Music and Jazz Studies and is Professor Emeritus in the College of Music and Fine Arts of Loyola University in New Orleans where he continues to teach adjunct trombone. He performs within the rich historical jazz culture in and around New Orleans bringing down-home New Orleans feel and soulful roots of the music for all to enjoy.


Throughout John's career his big band arrangements have been featured and performed internationally and nationally by musicians such as J.J. Johnson, Bob Sheppard, Brian Blade, Jon Coward, Evan Christopher, Wycliffe Gordon, Paul Frechou, Larry Panella, Al Belletto, Johnny Adams & David Torkanowsky.


Upcoming Events

John Mahoney Little Band
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