Jonathan Kreisberg

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Jonathan Kreisberg
BornNew 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 his own 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 on 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 titled Polyrhythmic Guitar. He also runs the New For Now Music intensive held annually in Brooklyn.


As leader[edit]

  • Trioing (New for Now, 2002)
  • Nine Stories Wide (Criss Cross, 2003)
  • Unearth (Mel Bay, 2005)
  • New for Now (Criss Cross, 2005)
  • The South of Everywhere (Mel Bay, 2007)
  • Night Songs (Criss Cross, 2009)
  • Shadowless (New for Now, 2011)
  • One (New for Now, 2013)
  • Wave Upon Wave (New for Now, 2014)
  • Kreisberg Meets Veras with Nelson Veras (New for Now, 2018)
  • Capturing Spirits - JKQ LIVE! (New For Now, 2019)

As sideman[edit]

With Lonnie Smith

  • Spiral (Palmetto, 2010)
  • The Healer (Pilgrimage, 2012)
  • Evolution (Blue Note, 2016)
  • All in My Mind (Blue Note, 2018)

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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