Lars Dietrich

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Lars Dietrich
Born Lars Dietrich
Occupation Saxophonist, composer, electronic musician

Lars Dietrich (born Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a Dutch saxophonist, composer and electronic musician who has been based in New York City and Amsterdam.


Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Lars was introduced to the saxophone at the age of 10. After performing a duo TV show with famed Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, Dietrich decided to pursue a career in music. At the age of fifteen he got accepted to study saxophone at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 2005 after completing his Masters in Music degree in Amsterdam Lars received a full scholarship from Manhattan School of Music, Dietrich moved to New York and studied under Dick Oatts and David Liebman.

As a leader Dietrich released his well reviewed 2009 debut album 'Breek de Grond'[1] and his 2011 Solo album 'Stand Alone'. Dietrich also co leads the band 'The Story',[2] a collaborative group including Samir Zarif (tenor saxophone), John Escreet (Piano), Zack Lober (bass) and Greg Ritchie (drums).

Venues and festivals Dietrich performed at as a leader and with The Story include. North Sea Jazz Festival,[3][4][5] Town Hall, Iridium, The Jazz Gallery, Bimhuis,[6] The 55Bar, Smalls,[7] Jazz at Lincoln Center' and Carnegie Hall.

As well as tours throughout Canada, Europe and the United States and live radio broadcasts for CBC Radio,[8] VPRO[9] With ‘The Story’ Lars taught masterclasses at Queens College, University of New Orleans, McGill University, Humber College, York University, Loyola University, St. Francis Xavier University, and was artist-in-residence for the Guimaraes Jazz Festival.

Currently Lars performs with his electronic based band, concentrating on beat oriented music in combination with saxophone and drums. He also is in collaboration with Dutch guitarist Marzio Scholten.

Next to his own band Lars also performed with Herbie Hancock, Jason Marsalis, Billy Hart, Ravi Coltrane, Ben Monder, Joe Lovano, David Liebman and David Binney.

For his achievements Lars Dietrich received the ‘Julian van Dijk’ award (granted only to the best student throughout The Netherlands), the ‘Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds’ Scholarship and the ‘FAPK’ Scholarship. May 2007 Lars won the ‘Downbeat College Soloist Award’.

Selective discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

Year Album Artist
2009 Breek de Grond Lars Dietrich
2011 Stand Alone Lars Dietrich
2012 BRKLYNN(EP) Lars Dietrich

As sideman[edit]

Year Album Artist
2006 Crush Tetzepi
2009 The Story The story
2010 Deeper Maria Neckam
2010 Perpetual Gideon van Gelder
2011 Starting Point Samir Zarif
2012 Unison Maria Neckam


  1. ^ All About Jazz. "Lars Dietrich: Breek De Grond". Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  2. ^ All About Jazz. "The Story: The Story". Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
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  6. ^ "THE STORY | Bimhuis Jazz Amsterdam". Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  7. ^ "Smalls Jazz Club - SmallsLIVE". Retrieved 2016-07-25. 
  8. ^ ">0- CBC Music | 404 Page Not Found". Retrieved 2016-07-25. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "VPROJazzLive - Programma - NPO Soul & Jazz". Retrieved 2016-07-25.