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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

Artist Spotlight
October 29, 2018

The early music pioneer talks about his latest project, which melds musical strands from countries formerly engaged in the slave trade.

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Upcoming Concert
October 29, 2018

Soprano Ann Moss fronts an all-star lineup to honor the legendary singer-songwriter.

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CD Review
September 25, 2018

The composer’s latest recording sets new and classic poetry to original tunes.

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Artist Spotlight
September 24, 2018

The great tabla drummer connects musical traditions in his Cal Performances concert.

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Upcoming Concert
September 18, 2018

InterMusic SF’s yearly music sampler has 39 diverse musical groups performing on four stages over eight hours.

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Upcoming Concert
September 3, 2018

A two-day festival celebrates the iconic Bay Area dancer’s artistry.

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Chamber Music Review
August 28, 2018

The Napa Valley Chamber Music Festival offers a tasteful program.

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Upcoming Concert
August 7, 2018

A chat with Escher String Quartet cellist Brook Speltz shows why musicians love this festival.

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Artist Spotlight
July 30, 2018

Fela Kuti’s son extends his father’s legacy, while creating his own.

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CD Review
July 27, 2018

Four composers’ treatments of Dickinson poems are featured on a recent CD.

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Jazz Review
July 17, 2018

The largest jazz festival in the world brings in artists of all stripes.

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Jazz Review
June 16, 2018

Jazz chanteuse Kay Kostopoulos joins local all-stars for a swinging romp at the historic peninsula venue.

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Artist Spotlight
June 5, 2018

The lauded standup comic and actor has a new album of jazz takes on David Bowie songs.

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Jazz Review
May 29, 2018

Composer Anthony Brown joins forces with writer Angela Davis for a rousing call to action.

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Jazz Review
May 15, 2018

The trio bends but doesn’t break jazz tradition, carrying on the legacy of Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, and Coltrane.

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Artist Spotlight
May 15, 2018

The violinist has been in the public spotlight for many years but retains his youthful enthusiasm.

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Jazz Review
April 30, 2018

The jazz vocalist doesn't stray too far into unexpected territory at her Sound Room gig, and that's just fine.

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Jazz Review
April 19, 2018

The jazz pianist/vocalist and her top-notch trio showcases all that's best about jazz in an intimate set at the Black Cat.

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Artist Spotlight
April 9, 2018

The conductor brings Apollo's Fire to Cal Performances and talks about her career and the ensemble she founded.

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Artist Spotlight
March 26, 2018

As the S.F. Symphony prepares to play the score to Batman, its composer tells us how he keeps up his phenomenal creative pace.

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