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 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.
Paul moved to Vermont in the heady days of 1971. He soon started playing and recording 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 two award-winning albums.
Paul has remained an in-demand musician and teacher, picking up accolades locally and nationally. Most recently, in 2019, Paul released Burmese Panther, an album of original jazz compositions performed by a quintet of world-class players, augmented by a horn section on several pieces.