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Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series presents Markus Rutz Quintet !
Merrimans' Playhouse
South Bend, IN
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Merrimans' Playhouse Jazz Performance Series presents Markus Rutz Quintet !
Markus Rutz, trumpet
Jarrad Harris, alto saxophone
Chris Nolte, bass
Adrian Ruiz, piano
Xavier Breaker, drums
Heitor Garcia, percussion

Trumpet player and composer Markus Rutz leads small group jazz ensembles, and has performed throughout Chicago and the midwest featuring jazz standards and original jazz compositions. Composition, arrangement and performance of original tunes is an integral element of his sound and experience. Seventeen of his original compositions have been recorded and several of these have been added to the books of band leaders in Chicago. The recorded originals are on two studio albums: It's Cooler by the Lake and Second Impression. The most recent recording was re-released in digital format in December of 2016 with two additional tracks.  It received a 3 1/2 star rating in an early 2017 review from J.D. Considine at DownBeat magazine.

Adrian Joel Ruiz was born on July 29 in Chicago, IL. He started playing piano at the age of 16 in his high school Jazz Band which is where he discovered his passion for music. He won the Ravinia Jazz Scholar award his junior and senior year in high school. He studied with Chicago's own Willie Pickens, who was the pianist for Elvin Jones. Adrian started playing professionally at the age of 19. He has done recordings with many artists, including Vincent Gardner. From doing theater work at Chicagos Goodman Theatre to having already shared the stage with artists such as Frank Catalano, Von Freeman, Luis 'Perico' Ortiz, Brenda K. Starr, Van Lester, Willie Garcia, Jesse Charbonier, Ernie Adams, Frankie Vazquez, Frankie Negron, Alison Ruble, The Drifters, Kayvan Vega, Joan Collaso, Papo Cocote, Tony Vega, Los Bandoleros, Pedrito Martinez, Victor Miranda, the Grammy Nominated Angel Melendez and his Mambo 911 Orchestra, Grammy Winners Roberto Vizcaino, and Raul Pineda, to name a few, he looks forward to continuing his passion.

Drummer, composer and arranger, Xavier Breaker has played with various artists throughout his career including Joe Sample, Randy Crawford, Howard Hewitt, Lalah Hathaway, Ernie Watts, Joey DeFrancesco, Bob Mintzer, Brad Leali, and Jonathan Scales. He has also played for some of Chicagos finest including Corey Wilkes, Kahil El Zabar, Dee Alexander, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Chicago Yestet, Sidewalk Chalk, and many others. The Xavier Breaker Coalition was formed in 2013 as an effort to design a group that can thrive in a variety of musical situations. The Coalition opened for many groups, including Brian Auger's Oblivion Express and HBC (Scott Henderson, Jeff Berlin, Dennis Chambers). They have been featured in many festivals including the Chicago Jazz Festival and have been the firstcall house band for the Keilworth "Saxophone Idol" competition since 2013. The Coalition released their debut album, "Dreamology," in 2015. Xavier endorses Paiste Cymbals.

Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, he was introduced to music by his brother Paulinho
at the age of 4, his music education started at 16 were he studied drum-set at the
Milton Nascimentos Música de Minas, and Music Conservatory of Minas
Gerais. As a performing and recording musician, he played Rock, Jazz and
Brazilian Popular Music MPB, working besides musicians such as Claudio
Venturing (14 Bis), Paulo Santos (Uakti), Tato Fisher (Secos e Molhados),
performing for theater, live TV and radio shows, touring Brazils largest cities.
Moving to the Chicago in 1991, started working as a percussionist with his brother
Paulinho Garcias (Jazz Mineiro), Ensemble Kalinda, Chicago Immigrant
Orchestra, Ricardo Lorenzs (Macondo Stew) and Matthew Skoller, among others.

$15 General; $10 Student
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Merrimans' Playhouse (View)
1215 Mishawaka Ave.
South Bend, IN 46615
United States


Music > All Ages
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Merrimuse Enterprises, LLC
On BPT Since: Jul 19, 2013
Mary Merriman, at Merrimuse Enterprises, LLC


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