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Markus Rutz & Third Coast Sounds

April 25 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month in the City of Chicago, Markus Rutz & Third Coast Sounds presents a concert of originals and more widely known works centering on our city and music history.

Markus Rutz plays trumpet with a bluesy style and tine that has been called gorgeous. The last few years have been years of achievement in mid-career activities of performances and recording with local and national honors.

In autumn of 2019, the album Blueprints Figure One: Frameworks was released which had tracks that appears on a story from NPR’s Morning Edition. The album was in consideration for a Grammy nomination last year. Also in January 2020 an album release concert was played for a New York City performance debut. The second volume of music from the project was released in September 2020 as Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs. Album recognition and reviews were accompanied by several radio interviews and global radio features notably in France and Germany.

A album live was released in December 2021 and features an exciting in-person performance side of Markus with a quintet.

The most recent release is Storybook was recorded at pianoforte in Chicago. The work is a concept album that is a postcard from the musician as a personal contribution to the larger story we are all in at this point in time.

Markus performs, composes and teaches music from his home base in Chicago, Illinois.


Markus Rutz – trumpet

Adrian Ruiz – piano

Joshua Ramos – bass

Charles Heath – drums


The performance is presented with support from the Chicago Federation of Musicians (10-208) and American Federation of Musicians.


April 25
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


PianoForte Studios
1335 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605 United States
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(312) 291-0000
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Thomas Zoells
(312) 291-0000