$20 pp music charge $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
Sets at 8:00 and 10:00
The prolific composer and guitarist Paul Abler was working on an Octet Project at the time of his premature passing in March of 2017. Corrine Abler, Paul’s mother, and Yashmin Charnet-Abler, his wife, made sure the project came to fruition.
The Paul Abler Octet
James Weidman on Piano and Music Director
Larry Corban-Guitar, Special Guest
Paul Abler grew up in Pontiac, Michigan, a city adjacent to Detroit that is not only known for automobiles but also some of the world’s greatest Jazz musicians such as Hank, Thad & Elvin Jones.
Paul’s first contact with Jazz was as a child when his Grandfather would practice his drums to the recordings of Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck and Duke Ellington, leaving a lasting impression on him.
“I loved music from the time I was born. I refused to go anywhere without taking my Mother’s records. I always knew I would become a musician. I settled on the Guitar after I heard Jimi Hendrix. Previous to this I wanted a Saxophone or a Bass. Hendrix led me to all The King’s (B. B., Albert and Freddy) and my first jobs were playing Blues, Funk and R&B. I later worked backing many Motown Legends and did sessions with some of the Funk Brothers (Johnny Griffith, Pistol Allen, Joe Hunter) and Motown arranger David Van dePitte. I really wanted to play Jazz after I discovered Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter. My main Jazz influences have not been Guitarists. Other influences include McCoy Tyner, Ravel, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Burt Bacharach and Frank Zappa.”
Continuing his education Paul moved to Los Angeles in 1982 and studied with Joe Diorio, Carl Schroeder, Ron Eschete and many others at Musicians Institute (Guitar Institute of Technology). He would later move to Boston and study improvisation with Saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi in 1988.
Paul returned to Detroit in 1990 and immediately started working with many of Detroit’s great musicians such as Marcus Belgrave, Harold McKinney, James Carter, David McMurray, Roy Brooks, Straight Ahead, Leonard King and others. He also began leading his own groups featuring musicians such as Bobby Battle, Craig Taborn, Jaribu Shahid, Gerald Cleaver, Marion Hayden, William Evans among others.
During that time, Paul recorded his debut album “Goin’ Up” for the Red Car label which was released to enthusiastic reviews. Two additional recordings for Equnioxmansion followed: “Lost Generation”(1998) and “In The Marketplace” (1999).These releases enabled Paul to perform outside of USA including Canada and Europe.
In 1996 Paul began composing for Film and Television. His first project was a short film for Learnshare -a division of Owens Corning and was quickly followed by placement of his compositions in music libraries. This led to his association with Transition Music.
In July 2003, Paul Abler relocated to New York City, where he quickly gained headway in the NYC music scene. Since arriving he has performed and/or recorded with Cindy Blackman, Jack Wilkins, Howard Alden, Harvie S, Roni Ben-Hur, Joe Lee Wilson, Carlton Holmes, Dwayne Burno, Allen Farnham, Tomoko Ohno, Yusef Lateef, Les Paul, Mingus Dynasty, Mingus Orchestra, David Murray, Arthur Blythe, Jack Walrath, Steve Lacy, Ted Curson, Eddie Harris, Ugonna Okegwo, Dion Parson, Ted Rosenthal, Daoud David Williams, Charles Davis and Brazilian vocalist Yashmin Charnet, whom he married in May of 2004.
Paul also started his association with Chesky Records film / TV division – Manhattan Production Music with three projects: Jazz Trio, Bossa Nova & Ballads.
CD “Fearless” featuring Cindy Blackman-Santanna, Marion Hayden & Carlton Holmes on the Bossa Nova Music label was released in 2008.
The Last Brahma is a collection of eight original compositions in a duet with the fantastic piano player James Weidman, also on Bossa Nova Music.
The follow up CD a “Patch of Burgundy” is Paul Abler and James Weidman with special Guests Jack Walrath, Harvie S and Jed Levy.
Paul’s latest project is a sextet “Looks Like March” is to be released in March of 2017 with more original music featuring James Weidman, John Fedchock, Harvie S, Mark Sherman and Leonard King.
A Guitarist with chops to burn and the harmonic knowledge to make sure the notes don’t go to waste. Detroit Free Press – Mark Stryker
Film & TV Music
Paul Abler has composed extensively for Film and Television and directly for music libraries. His compositions can be heard on a variety of Television programs such as Madam Secretary, The Affair, The Leftovers, Breaking Bad, Smash, The Big Bang Theory, Mad Men, Don’t Trust The B… in Apt 23, Shameless, Playing House, 20/20, Every Woman, Global Business People,ABC’s NBA Inside Stuff, Recipe TV, Beautiful Homes, Great Estates and feature films such as Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine (the sound track is available on SONY) , The Two Mr. Kissels.
Recent projects have been for Manhattan Production Music/Chesky Records. Titles include Jazz Trio, Ballads, Bossa Nova Jazz, Jazz Duets and Jazz Trios and Midnight on 7th Avenue. . Paul has a variety of music that is ready for licensing and can also provide custom music for projects.