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Jonathan Kreisberg

Guitarist & composer, Jonathan Kreisberg, started playing guitar at the age of ten after moving to Miami with his family. At 16 he was admitted to the New World School of the Arts, where his jazz studies took center stage. Intensely dedicated to the instrument, he was featured in Guitar Player and DownBeat while still in his teens. He won a scholarship to the University of Miami, where he held the guitar chair in 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 also recorded a C.D. and performed extensively with the progressive rock group Third Wish. He also formed the first incarnation of the Jonathan Kreisberg Trio. Based in Miami, this electric based 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 began giving clinics at music schools and universities.

In 1997 he returned to his birthplace in NYC with his focus on cutting edge acoustic jazz. “My Miami Trio was about coming up with new textures and being communicative while still playing intense musically. When I moved to New York I entered a more introspective phase, really getting deeper into melodies and harmonies.” This also coincided with a renewed interest in the jazz tradition. “I found that the deeper I got into the tradition the more possibilities I became aware of for the future.”

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”Jonathan Kreisberg is a great musician whose playing and writing always tell a story. His formidable technique and intellect never get in the way, but only serve the agenda of the heart.” —Joe Locke
Primary Instrument

Guitar

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

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Albums

Breathe

Blue Note Records
2021

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Capturing Spirits -...

New for Now Music
2019

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Wave Upon Wave

New for Now Music
2014

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ONE

New for Now Music
2013

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Shadowless

New for Now Music
2011

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Night Songs

Criss Cross
2009

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Canto de Ossanha

From: ONE
By Jonathan Kreisberg

Twenty One

From: Shadowless
By Jonathan Kreisberg

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