Paul Dietrich is a trumpet player, composer and educator making music that synthesizes the sounds of classic and modern jazz, Western classical music, folk and progressive rock. The Chicago-based Paul Dietrich Quintet formed in 2012 and their 2014 debut album, entitled We Always Get There, received a four-star review from Allaboutjazz.com, was called “uniquely introspective” by JazzinMadison.org, 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 includes some of the best young talent in the Chicago area: saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, pianist Paul Bedal, bassist Tim Ipsen and drummer Andrew Green. Dietrich also plays with the Darren Sterud Orchestra, the Madison Jazz Orchestra, the Neophonic Jazz Orchestra, the Ben Ferris Octet, and the Ben Ferris Quintet.
Dietrich holds a Bachelor's degree in trumpet and jazz studies from Lawrence University (2010) and a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University (2012). He is the coordinator of the jazz program at Prairie Music & Arts, and directs the Madison East High School Jazz Orchestra.
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