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Jesse Hamlin

Jesse Hamlin has written for The San Francisco Chronicle and other publications over the past 30 years on a wide range of music and art, covering jazz musicians and symphonic conductors, sculptors, poets, and architects. He has also written for The New York Times, Art & Auction and Columbia magazines, as well as liner notes for CDs by Stan Getz and Cal Tjader.

Articles by this Author

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February 18, 2014

Composer Wendy Reid swears by her parrot’s musicality and uses her live, improvised riffs in compositions she’ll be presenting at the Other Minds festival.

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Upcoming Concert
October 22, 2013

Composer Paul Haas and artist Anne Patterson premiere their spiritual/multimedia work in the vast Gothic space of Grace Cathedral atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill.

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Feature Article
September 24, 2013

San Jose’s Opera Cultura is drawing on a wide variety of music to present Latino/ Hispanic culture to a wider audience.

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Feature Article
July 15, 2013

The America’s Cup may be a bust as far as San Francisco is concerned, but the temporary music venue is a major success.

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Feature Article
April 9, 2013

Composer Jonathan Berger is making music out of auditory hallucinations in two fascinating new one-act operas, part of Stanford’s Music and the Brain conference.

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Feature Article
January 22, 2013

SFJAZZ puts a new face on jazz in the Bay Area, with the opening of its dedicated concert hall. Here’s the inside scoop on its design and features.

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Feature Article
December 11, 2012

One month from the opening of the new concert hall on the Stanford University campus, where Stanford Live will present most of its events, SFCV takes the tour and gets the details from the architects and acousticians.

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Feature Article
September 4, 2012

Weill Hall in Sonoma County is built. Here’s how impresario Robert Cole plans to fill it, and how the building came to be.

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Feature Article
July 10, 2012

Silent-film music specialists still exist, and some of the best-known of their number are showing up to play this week for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

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Feature Article
April 17, 2012

The inside story of bringing a major piece from idea to completion. Composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s star continues to rise as she prepares a major commission from the S.F. Girls Chorus and the Berkeley Symphony.

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Feature Article
March 7, 2012

The musicians of the S.F. Symphony are meeting the challenges of the eclectic American Mavericks repertoire with aplomb — and just a tinge of trepidation.

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Kids & Families Feature
January 18, 2012

Listening to Mozart won’t make you smarter. Music training, though, appears to enhance language skills, according to recently reported studies.

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January 5, 2012
Improvisation—the spontaneous creation of music—is an ancient art practiced in cultures worldwide. We tend to think of it these days in terms of jazz, where improvisation, the making of melodies i...
Feature Article
December 5, 2011

Social media such as Facebook and Twitter are fast becoming essential tools that help arts organizations build audiences and connect with supporters.

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Kids & Families Feature
November 15, 2011

Over more than three decades, Berkeley High School’s innovative jazz program has churned out talented amateur players as well as many professionals.

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Kids & Families Feature
September 19, 2011

Youngsters audition for the All-Stars big band at SFJAZZ, and some blow away the judges with their talent and musical personality.

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Feature Article
August 25, 2011

Beyond bland generalities and faked goodwill, the 10 candidates for mayor of San Francisco have ideas about funding the arts and using them to better the city and its communities.

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Feature Article
July 6, 2011

Nothing could be more San Francisco than the Fillmore Jazz Festival, a mix of jazz and everything even mildly related to it, and California cuisine and wine. Here's a report on some of the goings on

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Feature Article
June 28, 2011

For decades, the Afro-Cuban music scene was a thriving part of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. But with gigs drying up, the great players here have few outlets for their genius.

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Feature Article
June 14, 2011

The academy that awards music’s highest honors feels besieged by complaints, after it announces that 29 categories will be axed. Musicians are fighting back.

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