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Markus Rutz

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Markus Rutz plays trumpet with bluesy, soulful style and a tone that has been called gorgeous. He composes music from his home base in Chicago, Illinois where he also performs modern jazz.

For over three decades, the musical discoveries continue for Chicago-born jazz composer and trumpeter, Markus Rutz.

As described by Downbeat’s J.D. Considine, with his “big, dark tone and a fluid ease to his phrasing,” trumpet player, composer and bandleader, Markus regularly delights audiences in venues throughout his hometown and across the United States.

Capturing the same spirit as his dynamic live performances, 2019 marked the release of his third album, Blueprints – Figure One: Frameworks

Album

One Saturday in September - Live from Merrimans' Playhouse

Label: Rutz Music Works (self-released)
Released: 2022
Track listing: Serenity (live); Well You Needn't (live); Rhapsodic Theme Two - Golson's Vibe (live)

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News: Recording

Markus Rutz Plays one Saturday In September: Live From Merrimans’ Playhouse—Available Now

Markus Rutz Plays one Saturday In September: Live From Merrimans’ Playhouse—Available Now

With this fifth recording as a leader, Markus Rutz invites listeners to a seat for a live performance from “A Home for Jazz” in the Midwest, Merrimans’ Playhouse in South Bend, Indiana. Many performances are stellar nights of good feeling and shared experience that exist only in that time and space where others do not have the ...

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Video

Soul Eyes

Featuring the music of Markus Rutz
Duration: 9:07

Markus Rutz is a musician with a melodious, compositional pen and trumpet sound that has been called gorgeous. The duet performance of this standard is with Adrian Ruiz on piano. It was recorded September 2021 at Fulton Street Collective in Chicago. Duet balladry is also featured on the two volumes of the most recent recording BLUEPRINTS on OA2 Records.
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News: Recording

For Your Grammy Consideration: Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs by Markus Rutz

For Your Grammy Consideration: Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs by Markus Rutz

My record project Blueprints has lots of love within it. It is about and for people from my life through the present. For the listening reception, beautiful commentary, reviews, support and goodwill I am saying thank you sincerely! The second volume Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs was released last autumn and right now the album is ...

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News: Interview

Markus Rutz In Conversation With Journeys Into Jazz Radio Host

Markus Rutz In Conversation With Journeys Into Jazz Radio Host

Listen in for Chicago-based trumpeter / composer Markus Rutz's conversation with Chuck France of WORT Radio in Madison, Wisconsin. The interview was originally broadcast on June 2nd and the episode is accessible until end of August in the WORT archives (scroll down to August 18th Journeys Into Jazz rebroadcast). Markus had an opportunity to discuss his ...

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News: Music Industry

The Rose Rhapsody: A New Podcast From The Rose Theatre Co. and Rutz Music Works

The Rose Rhapsody: A New Podcast From The Rose Theatre Co. and Rutz Music Works

Chicago-based trumpeter Markus Rutz was recently commissioned by The Rose Theatre, Co. to arrange and orchestrate “Rhapsody in Blue," by the great American Songbook composer, George Gershwin. His arrangement of the iconic melody will become the musical thread through The Rose's ‘21-’22 Season and the signature music for The Rose Rhapsody Podcast set to debut June ...

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Song of the Day

Simone

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Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2020
Duration: 6:16

Album

Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Passion Dance; East to West; Shipmates; A Cidade do Vento; Looking Out Windows; Simone; The Musicianer; Beatrice; Keppard’s Kerchief (Live).

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News: Recording

New Release By Markus Rutz - Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs

New Release By Markus Rutz - Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs

Markus Rutz Music (MRM) and OA2 Records announce the second volume of Blueprints – Figure Two: New Designs, the latest jazz expression from the jny: Chicago trumpeter/composer. An album of passion, balladry, moods and foot tapping groove, Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs is the second volume of new music. Figure Two picks up at present in ...


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