With a full respect and knowledge of the jazz history and language, these three young and masterful musicians converse with notes on the subtle ways to stretch melody, harmony, rhythm and texture. At times swinging in the pocket while at others pushing the limit, theirs is an engaging organ trio sound for the new millennium.
JONATHAN KREISBERG--GUITARIST & COMPOSER
Born in New York City on June 10, 1972, Jonathan has studied a wide range of music and performed in many eclectic situations in his relatively young musical life. As a member of U.M.'s concert jazz band he played with Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker and Red Rodney as well as completing a tour of Brazil. He performed 20th century works with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. He led an electric Jonathan Kreisberg trio on several U.S. tours supporting an independent release. He is currently a respected sideman and leader in the New York jazz community.
He has performed in the groups of Joel Frahm, Greg Tardy, Jeff Andrews, Ari Hoenig, Josh Roseman, Roy Nathanson (Jazz Passengers), Donald Edwards, Jane Monheit, Yosvany Terry and Lenny White, as well as leading his own groups. He has composed music and performed with eclectic songsmith/writer/performance artist David Cale. He has recorded three cd's under his own name including JONATHAN KREISBERG TRIO(1996), TRIOING(2001) with Ari Hoenig and Johannes Weidenmueller, and NINE STORIES WIDE(2004)on the CrissCross Jazz label, with drummer Bill Stewart and bassist Larry Grenadier.
When not touring as a performer and clinician, Jonathan is based in NYC and can be found at his steady Wednesday trio gig at La Lanterna in Greenwich Village.
Check out Jonathan's web site for sound clips, and some very positive reviews from the jazz press.
Since basing himself in New York City in December of 2000, pianist, organist, and accordionist Gary Versace has performed and/or recorded with a wide variety of artists, including John Abercrombie, the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Chris Potter, Adam Nussbaum, Donny McCaslin, Eliot Zigmund, Andy LaVerne, Brad Shepik, and Theo Bleckmann, to name a few. Versace also co-leads a band with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen (featuring saxophonists Seamus Blake and Steve Wilson) whose first recording on Justin Time records, "Now As Then," was released in May of 2003.
In January of 1999, Versace performed in a two-piano recital with Marian McPartland, and in April of 1999 appeared on her acclaimed National Public Radio program, "Piano Jazz." Gary has also recorded with noted bassist David Friesen, and his duo performance at Chez Hanny with Kendra Shank was one of the highlights of the series.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mark Ferber began his musical studies on the piano at the age of five. He was later introduced to drumming and percussion. Mark studied classical percussion with Mitchell Peters and drums with Billy Higgins and and Joe Labarbera.
He has maintained a very busy playing schedule in Europe and on both the west and east coast. A partial list of his playing credits include Lee Konitz, David Liebman, Don Byron, Norah Jones, Kenny Werner, Steve Swallow, Fred Hersch, Billy Childs, Bud Shank, Anthony Wilson and Larry Goldings.
Mark can be heard on recent recordings with various artists on Soul Note, Fresh Sound/New Talent, Sunnyside, Omnitone and Steeplechase Records. He is a part time faculty member for the City College of New York and the School of Improvisational Music. Currently, Mark resides in Brooklyn, New York.