Jeff Kaliss

Jeff Kaliss has featured and reviewed classical, jazz, rock, and world musics and other entertainment for the San Francisco Chronicle and a host of other regional, national, international, and web-based publications. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, is a published poet, and is the author of I Want to Take You Higher: The Life and Times of Sly & the Family Stone (Backbeat Books) and numerous textbook and encyclopedia entries, album liner notes, and festival program notes.

Articles By This Author

Jeff Kaliss - April 18, 2022

The soundscape of the desert is part of composer Kennedy Verrett’s SoundCheckEarth, which premieres outdoors at the park, on Earth Day.

Jeff Kaliss - March 14, 2022

InterMusic SF’s celebration of Bay Area music-making will be as inclusive as ever, including a lot of novelty.

Jeff Kaliss - February 14, 2022

The pedal-steel guitar virtuoso talks about his instrument, its role in Black gospel music, and much more. He plays in Oakland on Feb. 27.

Jeff Kaliss - February 8, 2022

L.A.-based choir Tonality plays an integral part in the West Coast performances.

Jeff Kaliss - January 24, 2022

Catch a rising star as five young, award-winning guitarists take the limelight Jan. 29 at St. Mark’s Lutheran.

Jeff Kaliss - December 19, 2021

The conductor/composer marked 2021 with a biography and a recorded compilation of his works.

Jeff Kaliss - December 9, 2021

The composer/librettist Gordon Getty sees the world premiere of his newest opera as a film by director Brian Staufenbiel.

Jeff Kaliss - October 26, 2021

The composer and his creative team are bringing a fourth opera to life, this time on the silver screen.

Jeff Kaliss - September 20, 2021

The go-to jazz drummer talks about learning from the “Magnificent Seven” and her spate of upcoming local gigs.

Jeff Kaliss - September 7, 2021

An onstage proposal surprises the intended and elates cast, orchestra, and audience alike.