My wife and I moved to Havre de Grace, MD in 2001, and I have played at the artist`s reception for the 11th International Art Exhibition at the Picture Show Gallery, Havre de Grace, and performed a solo concert to kick off the Fall Concert Series at the Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air. 

Other performances include The Musical Mile, First Fridays, Decoy Museum, Maritime Museum, Bulle Rock, Heron Harbor, Tidewater Grille, MacGregor's, Laurrapin Grille, Art Show in Tydings Park, artist receptions at the Cecil County Arts Council and Vandiver Inn, Havre de Grace Summer Concert Series, Joppatowne Summer Concert Series, Aberdeen Festival Park Summer Concert Series, the LPGA party in Havre de Grace, and various functions at Rockfield Manor in Bel Air, to name a few.

My original compositions include "Mariposa"; "Lizzie"; "Piñones"; "Chet", a tribute to trumpet legend Chet Baker; "Gordo #24", a tribute to NASCAR driver and 4-time Winston Cup Champion Jeff Gordon; and "Summer Stroll".   More recent compositions include "Baydreams" (lyrics by Brian Kendig), "Song for Elizabeth", "Blue Crab Parade", "The Cork and Barrel Blues", "J. W.s Tune", "Emma" (lyrics by Brian Kendig), "Double Take" and "Triple Expansion".

I released my first CD "Angel Eyes" in the summer of 1999 and my second CD, "Mariposa", followed in the fall of 2000.  The Mariposa CD contains three tracks that were recorded with pianist Eric Doney and bassist Paul Rostock.  I produced both of them on my own record label, "Patchdog Records".             

My latest CD, "Eclecticity", is a Quartet venture, with myself on trumpet and vocals, Ashton Fletcher on bass, Marc Irwin on piano, and Scott Tiemann on drums.  All CDs are available at my gigs or at The Art Rooms Professional Art Supplies.

For over 25 years Paul seranated the public accompanied by The Paul Howshall Jazz Trio or
The Paul Howshall Quartet.  He played light jazz & swing at intimate settings, private parties,
upscale restaurants and jazz clubs, as well as for large audiences at indoor and outdoor concerts. 
Paul Howshall Fine Art Photograpy
Paul playing with Charlene Cochran and the Fifth Avenue Band in the Decoy Lounge of the Colony South Hotel, Clinton, MD.
Paul and the Zim Zemarel Orchestra at the Havre de Grace Arts Commission's Annual Ball & Gala.

I started playing the trumpet at age 21 after getting out of the Navy.  I was an avid Rock-an-Roll enthusiast, until my Sister (then only 16) introduced me to Jazz…specifically Maynard Ferguson.  I traded in my electric guitar and bought a trumpet! Those who inspired me were Maynard, Chet Baker, Al Hirt, Harry James, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Lee Morgan, and of course, the music of Frank Sinatra.

I did guest soloist performances with the Stan Rubin big band and Al DePinto big band (see photo below) in New York City in the 80s, while working at the Intrepid Museum as Director of Public Relations.  I got to know Stan and Al pretty well as they regularly played at the Intrepid for parties.  It was one of the biggest thrills of my career to play in front of a 20-piece big band and I always looked forward to their appearances.

Trumpeter, Composer and Vocalist, Paul J. Howshall


Featuring The Paul Howshall Quartet 
Paul on Trumpet, Vocals
Ashton Fletcher, Bass
Marc Irwin, Piano
Scott Tiemann, Drums

Available at
The Art Rooms!

In his words:  "My thoughts on playing...

If I play the music purely enough, the thought and feeling that the composer had as he wrote the music is going to be communicated to the audience.  To have somebody come up afterward and say, "You played beautifully", is nice, but that`s not what I think I`m there for.  It would be wonderful for me if somebody came up to me after a show and said, "I can`t tell you how that made me feel".  That would be the ultimate compliment.  Music is not just the black dots on the white paper - it`s what happens when those black dots on the white paper go into your heart, and come out again, through your instrument.

Paul playing with the Al DePinto big band on the hangar deck of the USS Intrepid at the Former Crewmember's Reunion, August, 1987, back when he had hair and a trim figure!!  Al DePinto is in the black tux holding the baritone sax.
Paul at the Tidewater Grille.
The Paul Howshall Quartet

The Paul Howshall Quartet performing at the Quartet's CD Release Celebration and Founder's Day Celebration at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum.  From left: Ashton Fletcher, Zak Fusciello, Phil Heiliger,
Paul Howshall.

The Paul Howshall Trio at Bulle Rock
 From Left: Phil Ravita, Bass; Phil Heiliger, Piano;
Paul Howshall, Trumpet

Paul playing on Washington Street, Havre de Grace, for the "Art Crawl".
When trumpeter/vocalist/humorist and all-around nice guy Paul Howshall of Havre de Grace passed away Harford County lost a musician of exceptional talent.  Paul's last recording was Eclecticity (Fly-In Records), with bassist Ashton Fletcher, drummer Scott Tieman, and pianist Marc Irwin.

The eleven song titles on Eclecticity should be familiar to everyone, and include September in the Rain, All the Things You Are, and Antonio Carlos Jobim's How Insensitive.  Paul and Company deliver stellar performances on this recording, giving these often-recorded tunes a fresh and memorable sound.

It is always my pleasure to present home-grown talent on Desert Island Jazz, and I know that Paul Howshall and his music has had a positive effect on our community.

How I miss Paul Howshall!

Dave May
Desert Island Jazz

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"Here's  looking at you kid, Cheers!"
Paul Howshall was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.  Better known as a Jazz trumpeter and for his musical compositions.  However, he was also a seasoned photographer with a creative vision! 

As Public Relations Director of The Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum he became well known for his photographic work and publication columns at several national magazines. 

Paul Howshall's full portfolio includes not only his musical appearances and original compositions but, also his published stories and photographic work.
As a member of several Art Councils, he often exhibited his work.  Paul Howshall at the Cecil County Arts Council Member Group Show "Partners, 2010".