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Blueprints, Figure 1 – Record Release with the Markus Rutz Quintet

October 11, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A reception will follow the concert.

Blueprints Figure 1: Frameworks will be a new release with Origin Records!

Pre-release copies are available in early August with the release date of September 20th!!

Brice Winston – saxophonist for 15 years with the Terrence Blanchard band is featured guest on Blueprints.

Also featured are New York City bassist Marcos Varela and drummer Xavier Breaker who is presently with the Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio.

This album navigates diverse ensemble and stylistic directions.

From duet to sextet with selections incorporating Cuban percussion, ballads and of course, swing; the performances create sensations of intrigue, beauty and excitement.

Other great musicians on the record are: Adrian Ruiz – piano; Heitor Garcia – congas; Matt Gold – guitar & Marcus Evans – drums

John Bishop from Origin worked with me on album design.

The cover is a drawing of an actual invention by Gunnar Adolfson. The inventor was a gentleman from Chicago who is also grandfather of musician and studio owner Steve Gillis at Transient Sound where the music for my album was recorded.

The mixing is from The Samurai Hotel by David Stoller.

Kevin Blackler handled the mastering process.

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

He has performed throughout Chicago and the Midwest for jazz club venue and event engagements featuring jazz standards and original jazz compositions.

Composition, arrangement and performance of original tunes is an integral element of his sound and experience.

To date, twenty five of his original compositions have been recorded. The recorded originals are represented on two studio albums released as It’s Cooler by the Lake and Second Impression.

The most recent recording was re-released in digital format in December of 2016 with two additional tracks. It received a 3 1/2 star rating in an early 2017 review from J.D. Considine at DownBeat magazine.

From the greater Chicago area originally, Markus began trumpet study at the age of 9 and as a music student studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Berklee College and the University of New Orleans where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

This event is sponsored by WDCB.



October 11, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
(312) 291-0000
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