SFCV’s perceptive writers report on America’s native classical music.

Josef Woodard - October 10, 2023

The maverick saxophonist and composer busts open the recital format and makes it exciting with his multidirectional improvisations.

Andrew Gilbert - October 10, 2023

You still hear the influence of the Great American Songbook, but younger vocalists are taking inspiration and material from other genres, too.

Andrew Gilbert - October 3, 2023

The eclectic, vibrant, and joyous festival was a testament to outgoing Artistic Director Tim Jackson’s 33 years of leadership.

Jeff Kaliss - September 6, 2023

Mostly known for being quoted in Warner Bros. cartoons, Raymond Scott’s entertaining compositions have now been recorded by QSF and a big band.

Andrew Gilbert - September 6, 2023

Extravagantly talented pianists, from acknowledged masters to heralded new talent, are blooming everywhere in the Bay Area this month.

Yoshi Kato - August 28, 2023

The avant-garde icon will team up with favorite collaborators for a series of concerts at the Great American Music Hall.

Andrew Gilbert - August 22, 2023

The master Brazilian composer waited decades for his moment, finally playing live in Berkeley 51 years after his debut album.

Andrew Gilbert - August 21, 2023

You’d never know the full extent of the music that’s been recorded in the San Francisco studio, but a new documentary examines it all.

Andrew Gilbert - August 8, 2023

This month, iconic Cuban artists representing more than a century of music can be heard from Berkeley to Santa Cruz.

Emily Wilson - August 8, 2023

Oakland Public Conservatory and Living Jazz are centering African American musical heritage for students of all ages.