One Saturday in September: Live from Merrimans’ Playhouse

Origin Records, 2020

One Saturday in September: Live from Merrimans’ Playhouse


  • Markus Rutz - trumpet, composing & arranging
  • Jarrard Harris - saxophone
  • Bill Cessna - piano
  • Samuel Peters - bass
  • Kyle Swan - drums & cymbals

CD Tracks

  1. Serenity  (by Joe Henderson)
  2. Well You Needn't (by Thelonious Monk)
  3. 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.

Merrimans' Playhouse

"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”.