|"Paul has a gift for creating especially poignant, elegant, and intense phrases in his writing and playing. He is a unique and soulful musician!"
-Thomas Matta, jazz composer, arranger, educator and trombonist
Paul Dietrich is a Chicago-based trumpet player, composer, arranger, and educator. Constantly absorbing music from a wide range of influences, Paul creates music that synthesizes the sounds of classic and modern jazz, Western classical music, folk, progressive rock and other diverse genres.
Equally comfortable as a performer and a composer, Paul honed his skills by earning his Bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance and Jazz Studies from Lawrence University and a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University. Paul is part of the young instrumentalists and composers helping to give Chicago an international reputation for its young creative progressive jazz scene. When he is not working in this scene Paul is a regular with the hip jazz orchestra scene in Chicago including The Chicago Jazz Orchestra and M13.
Recently, Paul has accomplished renowned for his composition for large and small ensembles. As a student, he wrote several compositions for the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble, including his arrangement of Phil Woods' “Pairing Off,” which was recorded on the Jazzed Media release Right to Swing by Phil Woods and the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble (2013). Of this recording, leading Philadelphia-based jazz critic website allaboutjazz.com praised it as “the sizzler of the disc, with a pronounced performance by the trumpeter.
In early 2012 Paul formed the Paul Dietrich Quintet as a vehicle for his small group writing. The immensely talented lineup features Dustin Laurenzi on tenor saxophone, Paul Bedal on piano, Tim Ipsen on bass and Andrew Green on drums. Paul's style of modern jazz focuses on long-form writing akin to many of his major influences such as Robert Glasper, Maria Schneider, Darcy James Argue, Terence Blanchard, and Brad Mehldau. This is Paul’s first CD on the Chicago based alternative Blujazz Label.