December 2008, Volume 12, Number 10

Cultural Spotlight

Jonathan Kreisberg with guitar
Jonathan Kreisberg

Jazz at Wolfson Presents: Jonathan Kreisberg

Jonathan Kreisberg is one of the most distinctive and interesting jazz guitarists to emerge in recent years and this month he will hold a workshop at Miami Dade College.

Kreisberg started playing the guitar after his family moved to Miami from New York City when he was 10 years old. At 16, he was admitted to the New World School of the Arts at MDC, and since then his jazz career has exploded.

He was featured in Guitar Player and DownBeat while still a teenager, won a scholarship to the University of Miami, worked with numerous jazz greats, performed with the New World Symphony in Miami, and recorded six CDs as a leader, among other accomplishments.

Kreisberg has said he was “lucky to grow up in a household that had a great and wide-ranging record collection, including John Coltrane’s My Favorite Things, John Williams playing the Aranjuez Concierto and Cream’s Disraeli Gears.”

The Arts and Philosophy Department at MDC will feature the renowned, New York-based musician at its successful Jazz at Wolfson series.

Now in its 11th season, the series serves a dual purpose: to educate MDC’s jazz students and to entertain the community with a cultural experience.

Kreisberg’s latest CD is the critically acclaimed The South of Everywhere. The dynamic recording, which combines Kreisberg’s exciting quintet compositions and his trio’s unique takes on standards, spent 15 weeks on the JazzWeek Jazz Album Chart.

Also, Kreisberg recently completed tours of Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Japan. With return visits to these countries as well as Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Mexico and Ecuador planned for the near future, Kreisberg is establishing himself as a major new voice on the international jazz scene.

— Pilar Ulibarri de Rivera

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