One Saturday in September: Live from Merrimans’ Playhouse
Origin Records, 2020
- Markus Rutz - trumpet, composing & arranging
- Jarrard Harris - saxophone
- Bill Cessna - piano
- Samuel Peters - bass
- Kyle Swan - drums & cymbals
- Serenity (by Joe Henderson)
- Well You Needn't (by Thelonious Monk)
- Rhapsodic Theme Two - Golson's Vibe (by George Gershwin with arrangement by Markus Rutz)
Recorded live September 18, 2021 in South Bend, Indiana
Stephen Merriman & Mary Merriman - proprietors & presenters
Jeffrey Miller - audio engineer & mixing
Kevin Blackler Mastering
Album design and club photography - Mary Merriman
Recording due out December 28, 2021
With this fifth recording as a leader, Markus Rutz invites listeners to a seat for a live performance from "A Home for Jazz” in the Midwest; Merrimans’ Playhouse in South Bend, Indiana.
The audience listening to the two sets from the band that night heard a program with tunes penned by Rutz along with standards from the idiom and original arrangements of themes from Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin. The themes are an extension of a Gershwin’s thematic music which have been commissioned by The Rose Theatre with Markus as composer-in-residence.
"A Home for Jazz"
Merrimans' Playhouse is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) venue, established as an arts and educational organization, to promote the art and education of jazz in our community.
The venue is artist-driven, where the artists have the freedom to present their work to an appreciative audience. It is a true listening room, a "Sonic Art Gallery”.