Performances by the Markus Rutz Group are musical experiences featuring talented professionals who partner with venues and events to create good feelings and an atmosphere of beauty through interesting harmonies, singable melodies and rhythmic excitement.
We bring an instrumental expertise, experienced musicianship and diversity of repertoire that represents the idiom covering modern and historical selections that include well known American Songbook Standards, New Orleans Traditional jazz pieces, Blue Note record era tunes and Original compositions.
Markus and three other musicians came to play at out independent living senior community. I've been trying to bring in new people to entertain the residents. The residents loved this group and our performance room was packed. Markus was extremely professional and easy to work with. Lots of residents wanted to talk with the musicians. The musicians were all extremely kind and took time to talk to them. This group was also a great value. I highly recommend this group!
Response from Markus Rutz Music:
The community at this residence were very appreciative of us and we were very happy to have been able to perform for them. Thank you to Kylie and the others who were terrific to us!
Markus Rutz Group was an absolute pleasure to have play at our event. They were very nice, entertaining and provided wonderful music that everyone enjoyed and are still talking about! It was the perfect addition to a romantic and elegant night. Highly reccomed these guys!
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.
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.
To date, seventeen of his original compositions have been recorded. Several of these have been performed by and added to the books of band leaders in Chicago.
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, a summer semester at Berklee College and the University of New Orleans where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.
Additional Booking Notes
Any lighting, staging or technical sound requirements depend on the performance space, the nature of the performance and what is wanted from us for this aspect of the performance.
Upcoming Booked Events
|October 20, 2018 • 7:30pm - 11:30pm||Trio at Esquire Champagne Room Oak Street Chicago|
|October 27, 2018 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Dinner Party|
Past Booked Events
|October 13, 2018 • 7:30pm - 11:30pm||Trio at Esquire Champagne Room Oak Street Chicago|
|September 18, 2018 • 8:00pm - 11:00pm||Corporate Event|
|July 18, 2018 • 8:00pm - 10:00pm||Fair|
|July 14, 2018 • 7:30pm - 11:30pm||Markus Rutz Trio at Esquire Champagne Room|
|September 02, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Markus Rutz Quartet at Pete Miller's (in Evanston)|
|September 01, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Markus Rutz Quartet at Pete Miller's (in Evanston)|
|September 01, 2017 • 3:30pm - 5:30pm||Private event - senior living residence|
|August 26, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Anniversary Party|
Influences & Inspiration
Louis Armstrong, Fats Navarro, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Art Farmer, Lee Morgan, Wynton Marsalis and Nicholas Payton.