Paul Dietrich began writing music for his 5+4 project in late 2019, and the group’s first (pandemic-delayed) performance came in late 2021. The group combines the instrumentation of a traditional jazz quintet (trumpet, saxophone, piano, bass, drums) with a string quartet (two violins, viola, and cello). This was a new frontier for Dietrich, having never written for strings, but the larger format was not new. After two live performances, Dietrich recorded his 5+4 music in early 2023, set for release later this year. The band includes saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, pianist Jason Kutz, bassist Brian Courage, and drummer Jon Deitemyer.
This event is supported in part by grants the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Doors and bar open at 6:45 p.m.