Bio

Saxophonist/clarinetist Debra Kreisberg performs, composes, arranges and records with the New York City-based Latin jazz ensemble, Los Mas Valientes and the award-winning klezmer ensembles, Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos, with whom she has toured in the U.S., Canada and in Europe. She is the leader of two jazz projects, East Harlem Trio, and The Highliners Jazz Quintet, and is a member of the Latin-jazz quintet Esencia and the Latin-jazz big band, Bronx Conexión, led by master percussionist/composer Victor Rendón.


A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a masters in jazz performance from Manhattan School of Music, Debra has performed with renowned singer-songwriters Natalie Merchant, Jill Sobule and Rachelle Garniez; jazz luminaries Harvie S, Chuck Redd, Sheryl Bailey and Tommy Campbell; the Rochester Philharmonic; the world-blues project Hazmat Modine; and Taylor Mac in the world premiere of Taylor Mac's 24-Decade History of Popular Music at St. Ann's Warehouse. Her playing and compositions have been heard on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN Worldbeat, WBGO, SiriusXM Radio, Ebru TV’s Rhythm and Roots and on Showtime's The L Word.


An equally accomplished educator, Debra is a teaching artist with Arturo O'Farrill's Afro Latin Jazz Alliance and 92nd Street Y, and serves on the faculty of Bronx House School for Performing Arts and Trinity School. Debra previously served for eight years as Managing Director of Educational Outreach in the Arts at 92nd Street Y, developing and implementing arts programming for New York City public schools.

RADIO/TV AIRPLAY

CBS Sunday Morning

CNN Worldbeat

The L Word, Showtime 

Rhythm and Roots, Ebru TV 

WAMC, Northeast Public Radio

WBGO

WKCR, live broadcast

RECENT PERFORMANCES

Arizona

Musical Instrument Museum-Phoenix

Northern Arizona University-Flagstaff

Rialto Theatre-Tuscon

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts-Scottsdale

Austria 

KlezMORE Fesitvial Vienna

California

Berkeley Jewish Music Festival–Berkeley

Torrance Cultural Arts Center–Los Angeles

Colorado

Mizel Arts and Cultural Center–Denver

Florida

University of Miami, Frost School of Music

New Jersey

Count Basie Theater–Red Bank

The Puffin Cultural Forum

New York

54 Below

92nd Street Y

Barbés–Brooklyn

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

Cornelia Street Cafe

Corning Museum of Glass

City Winery

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Joe's Pub

Rockwood Music Hall

St. Ann's Warehouse

Tomi Jazz

Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

North Carolina

LEAF Festival-Black Mountain

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Tennessee

Sewanee: The University of the South

Tennessee Tech University

Texas

Austin JCC–Austin

Cathedral of San Fernando-San Antonio

Washington

Bumbershoot Festival–Seattle

Washington D.C. Area

Blackrock Center for the Performing Arts–Germantown, MD

The Strathmore Mansion–North Bethesda, MD