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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, 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

CD Review
March 24, 2020

The jazz singer’s lyrics on Secrets Are the Best Stories reveal his roots in divinity school.

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Feature Article
March 23, 2020

Now postponed, “As the Nile Flows” seeks to illustrate the broad influence of the late Nubian musician.

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Artist Spotlight
February 15, 2020

The dean of Irish pipers talks about a lifetime in traditional music and his upcoming gigs in California with the esteemed Celtic ensemble.

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Artist Spotlight
February 10, 2020

SFCO’s music director believes that classical music is seriously fun, and he plans to share the joy in a series of upcoming concerts.

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Artist Spotlight
February 3, 2020

The jazz pianist and composer curates Cal Performances’ Jazz Platform series.

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Feature Article
February 1, 2020

She wanted to conduct her own orchestra, so she built the San Francisco Philharmonic, which debuts Feb. 3.

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Jazz Review
January 20, 2020

The multimedia presentation at SFJAZZ explores issues of race, prejudice, and parenting.

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Jazz Review
January 4, 2020

Funk reigns supreme in celebrations at the Great American Music Hall and SFJAZZ.

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Artist Spotlight
December 10, 2019

The SFS principal trombonist talks getting great tone, mixing a perfect cocktail, and the Holiday Brass show at Davies on Dec. 15.

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Artist Spotlight
December 2, 2019

The visionary music director talks about the upcoming SFGC holiday concert.

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Artist Spotlight
November 4, 2019

His setting of Brian Turner’s “Here, Bullet” is catching on with performance groups around the globe via an innovative commission model.

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Opera Review
October 22, 2019

The rarely performed opera is set in a hostel along the underground railroad.

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Upcoming Concert
October 6, 2019

SFS principal percussionist Jacob Nissly will be front and center for the premiere of a new concerto.

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Artist Spotlight
September 30, 2019

The acclaimed singer-songwriter performs at the massive San Francisco festival on Oct. 5.

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CD Review
September 30, 2019

The soprano’s latest collection features works by Samuel Barber, Jake Heggie, and Gordon Getty.

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Upcoming Concert
September 28, 2019

Now in its 12th year, the day-long, free festival presents a kaleidoscopic range of new-music ensembles and compositions.

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Artist Spotlight
September 9, 2019

I Still Dance is the latest work Adams has written for the orchestra.

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Opera Review
August 19, 2019

Well-sung renditions of Kurt Weill’s songs are highlights of this production.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
July 22, 2019

Lunar-themed works by Gordon Getty, Richard Strauss, Dvořák, and Holst mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

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