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."