Traditional instrumentation performing mostly original jazz music. Influences are wide-ranging, and include classic and modern jazz, modern classical music, progressive rock and various world and folk genres. This summer, they released their first album, "We Always Get There," on Chicago's Blujazz label. You can hear a few tracks from the album at www.pauldietrichjazz.com/listen. - Paul Dietrich, trumpet and composition, saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, pianist Paul Bedal, bassist Tim Ipsen and drummer Andrew Green.
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. In 2014, the quintet released their debut album, We Always Get There, on Chicago's Blujazz label. JazzinMadison.org called the album "uniquely introspective" and praised Paul's playing, saying that "his solos follow big and captivating arcs."
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.
Improvisation has always been at the center of Paul's musical universe. His musical upbringing – his father is a jazz musician and historian and his mother a pianist, both educators – had an immense effect on his development as a musician. The constant stream of new and varied music would also have a profound impact on Paul as he grew older.
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 (2010) and a Master's degree in Jazz Studies from DePaul University (2012). While in school, his primary teachers included Fred Sturm, Tom Matta, John Daniel, Bob Lark, Mark Urness, Lee Tomboulian, Ron Perillo and Bob Palmieri - all of whom contributed greatly to Paul's development.
As a trumpet player, Paul has played in all sorts of formats and is an active freelance musician in Chicago and throughout Wisconsin. He has improvised as a soloist with the Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble, the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble, and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. Paul also enjoys venturing away from the jazz scene and has performed in a variety of other ensembles including brass quintets, orchestras, wind ensembles and salsa bands.
Recently, Paul has accomplished renown 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.”
Since relocating to Chicago from his native Kenosha, WI, Dustin Laurenzi has already quickly gained recognition as a unique new voice in the city's creative music community. Dustin attended Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music from 2007 until his graduation in 2011, during which time he co-founded the saxophone-fronted, genre-defying ensemble, Snaarj, whose latest release, "Levels", was praised as "a substantial work full of deep textures, deft musicianship and expertly crafted compositions" (Kyle Long, NUVO). Currently, Dustin performs actively around Chicago, both with Laurenzi/Ernst/Green and as a sideman in various projects.
Paul Bedal is a pianist and composer who has been a contributing member in the Chicago music scene the last 5 years. In October, Paul released his debut album "Chatter" on Ears and Eyes Records. LA based pianist Vardan Ovsepian writes, "very interesting and fresh both harmonically and rhythmically!" Paul is a graduate of the University of Miami Frost School of Music, and recently earned his MFA in film scoring at Columbia College Chicago. Paul is also a member of the Italian outfit "El Portal", appearing on two releases on Rome based CAM Jazz records. Paul has shared the stage with artists such as Jim Black, Lee Konitz, Maria Schneider and Dennis Carroll.
Tim, bassist from the Chicago area, began performing professionally at age 15. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Jazz Studies. Tim has had the privilege and honor to share the stage with such great and notable musicians as Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Tom Harrell, Terell Stafford, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, David Sanchez, Miguel Zenon, Billy Childs, Bob Mintzer, Vincent Gardner, Von Freeman, Dana Hall, Patrick Breiner, Justin Thomas, Jamie Breiwick, and Adam Larson.
A versatile drummer and percussionist, Andrew Green is a highly sought-after sideman in many of Chicago's creative music projects. Originally from Washington, DC, Andrew moved to the Midwest to study Music Performance at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. In addition to Laurenzi/Ernst/Green, Andrew also performs with Paul Dietrich Group, Corbin Andrick Sextet, the Jamie Breiwick Quartet, and Brazilian samba group Bloco Maximo.