"...a tuneful, rhythmically sly twist on mainstream jazz... Rutz has a big, dark tone and a fluid ease to his phrasing that makes him seems relaxed even when unleashing a volley of 16th notes..."
-- J.D. Considine - DownBeat magazine
Markus Rutz - trumpet
Richard Johnson - piano
Joshua Ramos - bass
Xavier Breaker - drums
A trio in two sets with special guests - featuring originals and standards celebrating Chicago and New Orleans with excursions to Cuba and Brazil.
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 alsoperforms in groups playing modern jazz, funk and songs for for musical theater pit orchestras.
Since 2012 Markus has released two recordings featuring original compositions. On each Markus is joined by great Chicago talent: drummer Isaiah Spencer, guitarist Scott Hesse, pianist Dennis Luxion, and saxophonist Chris Madsen. Second Impression the most recent release also features a collaboration with saxophonist Brice Winston from the Terence Blanchard Band. It's Cooler By the Lake (2012) features the tunes Figure 8 and The Neutral Ground which have become local favorites of musicians in performances at Chicago jazz clubs such as the Jazz Showcase and Andy's Jazz Club.