Paul Dietrich is a Midwest-based trumpet player, composer and educator striving to make music that synthesizes the sounds of classic and modern jazz, Western classical music, folk, progressive rock and other diverse genres.
The Chicago-based Paul Dietrich Quintet was formed in 2012 as a vehicle for its leader's small group writing, and maintains an active performance schedule in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. The group has released two albums. Focus, released in 2017 on ears&eyes Records, was called “refreshingly unique” and “captivating” by the Chicago Jazz Magazine, and led stereogum.com to describe the band as “masters of modern jazz as a language.” The group's debut album, We Always Get There, was released in 2014, and prompted allaboutjazz.com to state in a four-star review that with “this superbly imaginative and cohesive recording, Dietrich proves himself an apt bandleader, an exceptional composer and a superlative performer.” JazzinMadison.org praised the album as “uniquely introspective” and OnMilwaukee.com stated that “it implies wisdom, experience and emotion that couldn't possibly be contained in a 20-something's wheelhouse.” The Quintet's lineup, unchanged since its inception, includes some of the best young talent in the Chicago area: saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, pianist Paul Bedal, bassist Tim Ipsen and drummer Andrew Green.
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With this superbly imaginative and cohesive recording, Dietrich proves himself an apt bandleader, an exceptional
composer and a superlative performer. - All About Jazz
...masters of modern jazz as a language. - stereogum.com
Uniquely introspective - JazzinMadison.org
[We Always Get There] implies wisdom, experience and emotion that couldn't possibly be contained in a 20-
something's wheelhouse. - OnMilwaukee.com
...mature, exquisite sound. - Chicago Jazz Magazine
Willing to teach
Teach private lessons for trumpet and jazz, ranging from beginners to advanced students.
Teaches the jazz club at the Praire Music Academy in Sun Prairie, WI. Also works with various bands that have played his big band charts.