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One Saturday in September - Live from Merrimans' Playhouse

by Rutz Music Works

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Serenity 08:40


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.

Many performances are stellar nights of good feeling and shared experience that exist only in that time and space where others do not have the opportunity to hear the magic. Well You Needn’t fret because the fire and Serenity of the evening was documented on these tracks recorded One Saturday in September at this “Sonic Art Gallery”.

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 Gershwin’s thematic music which have been commissioned by The Rose Theatre with Markus as composer-in-residence.

recorded live September 18, 2021, in South Bend, Indiana


About 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”.


released December 29, 2021

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

Proprietors & Presenters - Stephen Merriman & Mary Merriman
Audio Engineer & Mixing - Jeffrey Miller
Mastering - Kevin Blackler
Album Design - Mary Merriman
Venue Photography - Mary Merriman


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A musician with a melodious, compositional pen and trumpet sound that has been called gorgeous.

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