From his early years, playing blues on Chicago’s South Side, to his present multi-faceted career based out of northern Vermont, Paul has earned an underground reputation as a true “musician’s musician”. He has played and recorded with legends like John Lee Hooker, Earl Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Pops Staples, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, and numerous others.
He formed the Paul Asbell Quartet, soon to be renamed Kilimanjaro, and recorded 2 award-winning albums for Philo Records, which led to several appearances at the Kool Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen
He’s also appeared at major festivals including the Newport, Healdsburg, and Montreal Guitar Shows, MerleFest, Lunenburg (Canada) Folk Harbour Festival.
He’s had featured spots in 30 years of Burlington’s Discover Jazz Festival, annual shows at Burlington First Night since 1995, etc.
In 2018, he released Burmese Panther, featuring original jazz compositions, and in 2019 he received Seven Days magazine’s Daysie Award for “Best VT Instrumentalist”. Featuring Paul Asbell, Clyde Stats, Chris Peterman, Tom Cleary and Gabe Jarrett.
For more info on the band, visit https://paulasbell.com/ [/ezcol_2third_end][ezcol_1third] Producer: MCTV