The musicians in the Paul Asbell Jazz Quintet have played together for many decades, and the resultant chemistry is obvious to jazz aficionados and casual listeners alike. Individually and collectively, each of the players boasts a long history—both regionally, and on the national stage—performing with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Paul Butterfield, Sonny Stitt, Joe Lovano, Peter Apfelbaum, Clark Terry, Fontella Bass, Kilimanjaro, and countless others.
After a string of gigs during Discover Jazz Festival 2018, the musicians went into the studio and emerged with the CD Burmese Panther. The recording showcases a polished set of Asbell originals in diverse mainstream jazz flavors, from classic Blue Note-era to fiery Latin-jazz to New Orleans funk to fingerpoppin' blues. One reviewer called them “flat-out gorgeous songs with the potential to become standards themselves,” and noted they were “performed by genuinely world-class players.” Their Discover Jazz Festival 2022 set on the City Hall Stage will feature the identical lineup, performing both the Burmese Panther material and newer compositions.