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Markus Rutz

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 in trio, quartet and quintet groups.

Trumpet player and composer Markus Rutz leads small group jazz ensembles for public performances and private events.

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

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

Coupled with renditions of jazz and songbook standards, the originals create an enjoyable, true listening experience in performance.

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”...a tuneful, rhythmically sly twist on mainstream jazz...” DOWNBEAT

“Rutz has a big, dark tone and a fluid ease to his phrasing that makes him seem relaxed even when unleashing a volley of 16th notes...” DOWNBEAT

“Wonderful work from the Chicago scene – a timeless effort with titles that are Chicago and Illinois prairie-centric in theme – and compositions musically rich enough to touch on diverse strains of small combo jazz, from bluesy to fossa-steeped!” Dusty Groove, Inc.

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Markus Rutz Jazz Trio
The Esquire Champagne Room
Chicago, IL