NOLA (©2012 Chris Rutkowski ASCAP), written by pianist Chris Rutkowski, is based on authentic New Orleans street beats while also utilizing contemporary linear and harmonic material. It has its origins as one of the themes in the second movement of Rutkowski's Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble.

The Cohen-Rutkowski Project

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At the legendary Chatterbox in Indianapolis, IN

The Cohen-Rutkowski Project


CRProjectMerrimans242The Cohen-Rutkowski Project is a high-energy acoustic jazz ensemble combining a large proportion of original compositions with classic pieces from the tradition. Listeners have drawn comparisons to the compositionally-oriented Dave Brubeck group, groovy hard-bop groups such as The Jazz Messengers as well as genre-expanders like the Roy Hargrove Quintet. The band regularly performs at Merriman's Playhouse (South Bend) and in concert venues such as the Indy Jazz Fest, The Penrod Art Fair, the Jazz Kitchen, the Indianapolis Central Library, the Indianapolis Artsgarden, and the Carmel Clay Public Library.

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