Faculty - Paul Asbell

Paul Asbell

Paul Asbell, Affiliate Artist
Jazz guitar


Contact Information
Email: Paul Asbell

Website: www.paulasbell.com

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 also taught guitar for over 45 years. Private instruction remains a favored format, but Paul has also taught for many years on a university level, including positions at Dartmouth College, Skidmore College, St. Michaels College, Johnson State College, and presently at Middlebury College and the University of Vermont.

He has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, Lightnin' Slim, Paul Butterfield, Sam Lay, Pops Staples, Donny Hathaway, and numerous others while in his hometown of Chicago, Ill. After moving to Vermont in 1971, he began playing with a head-spinningly diverse array of artists, including Big Mama Thornton, singer-songwriters Paul Siebel, Jim Ringer, Mary McCaslin, and Rosalie Sorrells, jazz greats Jon Hendricks, Bobby McFerrin, Sonny Stitt, and Nick Brignola, and many others.

In 1978, seeking an outlet for more personal musical visions, he formed Kilimanjaro, and recorded 2 award-winning albums for Philo Records which led to several appearances at the Kool Jazz Festival at SPAC, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen, and numerous national tours and concert dates. In 1981, he and other members of Kilimanjaro joined forces with a legendary saxophonist/blues singer to form Big Joe Burrell and the Unknown Blues Band, which remained a Northeast regional favorite until Big Joe's passing in 2005.

Performance/recording credits in recent years include David Bromberg, Paul Butterfield, Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, James Carter, Kermit Ruffins, Michael Ray, the Sun Ra Arkestra, The Wild Magnolias, John Stowell, guitar wunderkind Julian Lage, Dave Grippo and former students Trey Anastasio and Nick Cassarino. Performance venues include Healdsburg, Woodstock (NY) and Newport Guitar Festivals, MerleFest, and numerous acoustic venues across the country.

His 3 solo acoustic CDs, "Steel-String Americana" "Roots and Branches", and "From Adamant To Atchafalaya", received rave reviews in Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Player, Sing Out, Downbeat, Blues Revue, and other mags for their highly individualized twists on blues and jazz standards, old-timey country-based themes and original pieces from the "american roots" tradition.

Faculty Directory

D. Thomas Toner, Department Chair
Paul Asbell, Jazz Guitar
Joe Capps, Jazz Guitar
Nadine Carpenter, Oboe
Tom Cleary, Jazz Piano
Sarah Cullins, Voice
Amber deLaurentis Cleary, Jazz Voice
Melissa Dickerson, Voice
Jeffrey Domoto, Orchestra
Steve Ferraris, Djembe
David Feurzeig, Theory
Anne Janson, Flute
Patricia Julien, Theory, Jazz
Steve Klimowski, Clarinet
Kathleen Kono, Strings
Yutaka Kono, Orchestra
Gerald Lanoue, Bassoon
John Mantegna, Guitar
Andrew Moroz, Jazz Trombone
David Neiweem, Voice, Choirs, Organ
Natalie Neuert, Arts Management
Paul Orgel, Piano
Sylvia Parker, Piano, Theory
Alan Parshley, Horn
Suzanne Polk, Cello
Evelyn Read, Violin/Viola
Patricia Riley, Music Ed.
John Rivers, Jazz Bass
Jeff Salisbury, Drums
Wayne Schneider, History
Heidi Soons, Harp
Clyde Stats, History
Alex Stewart, Jazz
William Tilley, Bass
D. Thomas Toner, Band, Percussion
Ray Vega, Trumpet, Jazz
Robert Wigness, Trombone
Michael Zsoldos, Saxophone