Album news in April

Album news in April


The mixing is very close to complete.  Samurai Hotel and David Stoller have been phenomenal in the artistic and engineering choices.

Just two of the eighteen tunes are being refined at this stage.  

These tunes feature percussionist Heitor Garcia playing pandeiro, tamborim, rebolo, congas and even soloing on cuica.



New album in 2019!

New album in 2019!

In 2019 be on the look out for my latest recording!

This record includes originals and also stardards known in the jazz idiom.

It was recorded in three sessions with a few ensemble formats and features:

Brice Winston on saxophones and bassist Marcos Varela.

More perfomers on the record are:

Adrian J Ruiz - piano, Xavier Breaker - drums, Heitor Garcia -percussion, Marcus Evans - drums and Matt Gold - guitar. 

Keala! on Bass

Keala Kaumeheiwa joins us this weekend as special guest on acoustic bass!

We are performing as a quartet at Pete Miller’s Steak & Seafood in Evanston, Illinois.

The gigs feature pianists Richard Johnson (Friday) & Kevin O’Connell (Saturday) along with Neil Hemphill on drums!

 I've also written two new tunes which we will perform for the first time this weekend!

Markus Rutz Composition

In October at Winter's Jazz Club in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, a new tune was debuted with a trio ensemble for a gig at this remarkable new club.

The theme and thoughts I had when composing it were that of friendships.
It's title - Shipmates - is in reference and deference to at least two great musical and personal friendships.
In attendance at the Jazz Showcase for performances jazz saxophone legend  Benny Golson, we in the audience hear the true warmth of expression for his friend Clifford Brown.  This was an inspiration in writing and in a very indirect way the piece is illusory to Benny's tune Stablemates.
Another spiritual force is drummer Brian Blade and his ensemble The Fellowship.  Each member of the group and the collective connectedness of expression has been an influence for and inspiration in writing.  In particular, Brian and Christopher Thomas as friends, bandmates and members of the rhythm section for this group exhibit what this song is about.

Second Impression is on Radio Unerhort Marburg!

This month my recording Second Impression is one of several recordings selected to play on Radio Unerhort Marburg!!!

It is aired on Sunday, November 26th  from 3 -5 PM Central Time in the United States (10 PM - 12 Midnight in Germany)

A replay is aired on Saturday, December 2nd from 10 AM - 12 Noon, Marburg time.

The program is about new jazz from the United States.

More about the show:

It can also be found on social media: Radio Unerhört Marburg on FB: