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Jonathan Kreisberg and David Kikoski Duo - Jonathan Kreisberg - guitar David Kikoski - piano --- Jonathan Kreisberg: Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has been steadily building his name as one of the most compelling composer/performers in
Jonathan Kreisberg and David Kikoski Duo –
Jonathan Kreisberg – guitar
David Kikoski – piano
Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has been steadily building his name as one of the most compelling composer/performers in Jazz. Combining timeless melodicism with forward thinking lines and textures, His style and approach has created a strong following of fans around the world. He frequently tours worldwide and records with his own groups as well artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, who says of Kreisberg “He is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation.”
Born in New York City, guitarist and composer Jonathan Kreisberg has fond memories of a childhood steeped in music. “I was lucky to grow up in a household that had a great and wide-ranging record collection,” he recalls, “including Coltrane’s My Favorite Things, John Williams playing the ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ and Cream’s Disraeli Gears.”
Jonathan 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.
While still in his early 20’s, 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.”
Since returning to New York City, Jonathan 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.
Jonathan has now recorded eight CDs as a leader, including ONE, his recent all solo guitar cd, and WAVE UPON WAVE, his latest JKQ offering. On the latter he brings along alto saxophone genius Will Vinson, the incredible pianist Kevin Hays, and the young rhythm section team of Rick Rosato and Colin Stranahan and creates modern jazz that combines a respect for the tradition with instrumental virtuosity, modern soundscapes and influences from every corner of the world (and beyond).
Although currently based in New York City, Jonathan can be seen on tour worldwide. Entering the major Jazz Festival circuit with their electrifying show at Jazz Baltica (the video footage is now at 100,000 YouTube hits and counting), JKQ has subsequently performed many of the major European and American festivals.
When not on tour, Jonathan can be found at his steady wednesday trio hits at Bar Next Door in NYC, as well as at the Jazz Standard and Smalls Jazz Club.
At a time when jazz has been to the reaches of the musical universe and back, some would say that it’s all been played before and we’re currently at a point in the cyclical nature of this artform when those lesser talents are merely rewriting the past. This is why innovation and individualism are so rare these days and why David Kikoski stands apart from the scores of pianists/keyboardists as well as composers.
Born in 1961 in Milltown,N.J. ,Dave was part of a musical family and given his first piano lessons at the age of six by his father.In his early teens he began working with jazz and rock groups and won “The New Jersey Allstate Jazz Competition”. After high school, Kikoski would head to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where he earned a bachelor’s degree in piano. While in Boston he had a steady trio gig and met Pat Matheny who sat in with Dave’s trio. Later( in 1994) they would meet up again and record together on Roy Haynes’ cd “Te-Vou” which also featured Christian McBride and Donald Harrison.
In 1984 , the pianist decided to try his hand in New York where it didn’t take long for him to establish himself. Roy Haynes would be the first to give Kikoski a break, leading to a productive association that lasts to this day. Dave’s first professional recording session in 1986 was Randy Brecker’s “In the Idiom” and featured him in great company with Joe Henderson,Ron Carter, and Al Foster. During his first few years on the New York scene the pianist networked with other musicians leading to a wealth or recording opportunities and touring the world with Roy Haynes, Randy Brecker, Bob Berg ,Red Rodney and many others.
In 1989 Dave recorded his first record as a leader. “Presage” featured a high-octane trio with Eddie Gomez and Al Foster. His second outing “Persistant Dreams” was produced by Walter Becker of Steely Dan fame featured a larger ensemble including Randy Brecker and Billy Hart.
During the 90s Dave kept busy recording and touring as a leader as well as a sideman with an enviable cast of jazz luminaries including John Scofield, Ravi Coltrane,Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Mike Stern, Chick Corea, Bill Stewart,Toots Thielemans, Tom Harrell, Gary Thomas, Marcus Miller, Michael Brecker, Pat Martino , Jack Dejohnette,Toninho Horta and many others.
In 1994, a contract with the short lived Sony Epicure label produced the self titled “Dave Kikoski”, atrio set that found the pianist in the company of bassist Essiet Essiet and Al Foster. Since !997, Kikoski has had a chance to further document his artistic growth in a series of releases for the Dutch” Criss Cross” label. The 1998 release “The Maze ” featured Jeff “Tain” Watts ,Seamus Blake and Scott Colley. “A technical and compositional tour tour de force,this album is one of the undicovered gems of the 1990s,” accoring to writer David R. Adler.His release “Almost Twilight ” was recorded after a week of trio gigs at “Sweet Basil” with John Patitucci and Jeff “Tain Watts.
In 2001 Roy Haynes invited Dave to join his all-star lineup including Dave Holland,Roy Hardgrove, and Kenny Garrett to record and tour.The band “Birds of a Feather” toured extensively with Christian McBride and Nicholas Payton and the cd received a grammy nomination. Another project produced and arranged by David and percussionist Brian Melvin entitled “Beatlejazz” has released 4 cds so far. They have toured in Korea, Japan ,Europe as well as the United States and all 4 cds have reached the top ten on the Gavin radio charts. Some special guests with Beatlejazz included Michael & Randy Brecker, Joe Lavano, John Scofield, Mike Stern, Larry Grenadier and others.
In 2002 David toured with his own Quintet in Japan and Russia and recorded two cds for the DIW label as well as touring with “The Brecker Brothers Acoustic Band”. The next few years have been very busy with many different projects such as the Randy Brecker/ Bill Evans Soul Bop Band playing summer festivals in Europe resulting in a live cd. In 2009 Dave played in Europe with Roy Haynes Quartet and in trio With Roy and John Patitucci . 2011 started out with performances at the “Jazz Standard” with Jeff “Tain”Watts performing music from Jeff’s upcoming cd. In January Dave Performed on “the Jazz Cruize” with The Randy Brecker Band.
Dave’s newest CrissCross release is a collective band called Opus Five featuring new originals by bandmates Seamus Blake, Donald Edwards, Alex Sipiagen and Boris Kozlov. Kikoski played on the Mingus Big Band cd “Live at the Jazz Standard” It won the 2011 Grammy Award , Best Large Jazz Ensemble. He has played on over 100 cds including 14 under his name.
David Kikoski continues to foster his individualistic voice while exploring a wide variety of opportunities both as a leader and sideman.He especially wants to emphasize his compositions, further develop opportunities to perform with his own groups, and write for films. An affecting modernist, Kikoski distills the best in jazz and popular music and infuses every song with attention-getting brilliance.