Jonathan Kreisberg

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Jonathan Kreisberg
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Performing in Denmark 2018
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson
Background information
Born (1972-06-10) June 10, 1972 (age 46)
New York City
GenresJazz, jazz fusion
Years active1995–present
LabelsCriss Cross, Mel Bay

Jonathan Kreisberg is an American jazz guitarist and composer known for combining timeless melodicism with forward–thinking lines and textures. His compositions have been performed by his quartet on five continents.  


He attended the University of Miami from 1990–1994.[1] Since returning to his birthplace of New York City, Kreisberg has led groups including Larry Grenadier, Bill Stewart, Gary Versace, and Kevin Hays. He has released albums for Criss Cross, Mel Bay, and on his label, New for Now Music. Kreisberg was performer and producer on The Healer for Pilgrimage Records, performer on Evolution for Blue Note, and performer and associate producer of All in My Mind for Blue Note.

He has collaborated with Lonnie Smith and has performed as a sideman with Lee Konitz, Joe Locke, Ari Hoenig,[2] Stefano di Battista, and Don Friedman. He has also performed 20th century works with the New World Symphony[2] directed by Michael Tilson Thomas.

In 2017 he published Offerings of Note, his first book of compositions and transcriptions and a series of instructional videos title Polyrhythmic Guitar. He also runs the New for Now music intensive held annually in Brooklyn.


As leader[edit]

  • 2002 Trioing (New for Now)
  • 2003 Nine Stories Wide (Criss Cross)
  • 2005 Unearth (Mel Bay)
  • 2005 New for Now (Criss Cross)
  • 2007 The South of Everywhere (Mel Bay)
  • 2009 Night Songs (Criss Cross)
  • 2011 Shadowless (New for Now)
  • 2013 One (New for Now)
  • 2014 Wave Upon Wave (New for Now)
  • 2018 Kreisberg Meets Veras with Nelson Veras (New for Now)

As sideman[edit]

With Lonnie Smith

  • 2010 Spiral
  • 2012 The Healer
  • 2016 Evolution
  • 2018 All in My Mind

With others


  1. ^ Meredith, Bill. "Jonathan Kreisberg". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott (2013). The Great Jazz Guitarists. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 113. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.

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