Labels:Markus Rutz Music
Number of Tracks:9
Total Time:00:56:42
From the Album:BLUEPRINTS Figure One: FRAMEWORKS
Available Date & Time: Mar 19 2020 13:00:00 EDT
Impact Date: n/a

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



Rutz's horn is warm and embracing in each setting, glistening on the more Spartan themes, making the various colors and textures presented here woven like a Raphael tapestry.  by George W Harris, Jazz Weekly


Blueprints – Figure One is listed as one of the Highly Recommended New CDs for 2019 by Ed Love from WDET in Detroit.


BIO (extended)

As described by Downbeat’s J.D. Considine, with his “big, dark tone and a fluid ease to his phrasing,” trumpet player, composer and bandleader, Markus regularly delights audiences in venues throughout his hometown and across the United States. 

Capturing the same spirit as his dynamic live performances, 2019 marked the release of his third album, Blueprints Figure One: Frameworks.  With the majority of the album comprised of his own compositions, this new work ranges from duet to sextet, with pieces incorporating Cuban percussion, ballad, bop, West Coast Cool and swing.

Markus began trumpet at the age of nine. His post-secondary musical studies took him to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Berklee College of Music and the University of New Orleans where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.

Forever exploring the bounds of jazz, Markus continues to teach, compose and perform with top musicians from around the globe – plying his horn from New York to London to Brazil and Japan. Open-minded and curious, his musical journey benefits from all that is new and unexpected, courtesy of his global collaborators.


Markus Rutz
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