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Jonathan Kreisberg


Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has been steadily building his name as one of the most compelling composer/performers in jazz. He frequently tours worldwide and records with his own groups as well as artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith.

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. He was featured in Guitar Player and DownBeat while still in his teens. He then 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, Kreisberg began playing 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 recorded an album and performed with the progressive rock group Third Wish. Kreisberg also formed the first incarnation of the Jonathan Kreisberg Trio. Based in Miami, this electric based Trio released an album and completed several East Coast tours, which included opening slots for George Benson and Steve Morse.

Kreisberg has worked in the bands of many jazz greats including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lee Konitz, Joe Locke, Stefano Dibatista, Ari Hoenig, Joel Frahm, Don Friedman, Greg Tardy, Donald Edwards, Jane Monheit, and Yosvany Terry. He has also led groups of various instrumentations featuring artists such as Bill Stewart, Larry Grenadier, and Scott Wendholt.

Kreisberg teaches each semester in Europe at the Jazz Department of Prince Claus Conservatoire, part of Hanze University of Applied Sciences.