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Kreisberg, Jonathan

Kreisberg, Jonathan, guitarist/composer; b. New York City, NY, 10 June 1972. The child of Steven Edward Kreisberg (1942-2001) and Mary Elizabeth Fuges (b. 1946). He's the brother of Daniel Emerson Kreisberg (1976) and Juliet Eva Kreisberg (1985).

While still a child his family moved to Miami, where at age 10 he began playing the guitar. Originally inspired by a range of music, his early studies focused on Rock and Classical guitar as well as music theory. At age 16 he was featured in Guitar Player Magazine for his original music, and was also accepted to the New World School of the Arts where his jazz studies took center stage. He began an intense practice schedule and by the time he graduated high school he had been featured in Down Beat Magazine and had received a scholarship to the University of Miami Jazz program. At U of M he held the chair as guitarist for the acclaimed Concert Jazz band, touring Brazil and performing with Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, and Red Rodney.
 Upon graduation, Jonathan began playing straight ahead jazz gigs as well as a myriad of other projects. He performed 20th century works with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas.  He formed the electric jazz oriented Jonathan Kreisberg Trio. Based in Miami, this Trio released a C.D. and completed several U.S. East Coast tours, which included opening slots for George Benson and Steve Morse.  He also gave clinics at music schools as well as teaching private lessons.

In 1997 he returned to his birthplace in NYC with his focus on cutting edge acoustic jazz.  He has since performed in the groups of Joel Frahm, Greg Tardy, Jeff Andrews, Josh Roseman, Roy Nathanson (Jazz Passengers), Donald Edwards, Jane Monheit, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Yosvany Terry, John Swana and Lenny White, as well as leading his own groups of various instrumentations.  In 1999, his new trio (with drummer Ari Hoenig and bassist Johannes  Weidenmueller) performed in Lima, Peru, where they also gave a clinic at the School of Peruvian Folklore. In early 2000 Jonathan composed and performed what the New York Times called the "elegant underscoring" for David Cale's off-broadway show Betwixt. In 2001 and 2003 he performed concerts and taught clinics at Tavira, Portugal's Algarve Em Jazz. In 2002 he toured Japan and recorded a CD as a member of Donald Edward's Quintet.

He is currently performing, composing, and teaching in New York City as well as playing concerts and teaching workshops internationally.

Jonathan Kreisberg (1996); Trioing (2002)
As sideperson:
Donald Edwards: Ducktones (2002)

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