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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 19, 2020

The new-music godfather talks about his long career, the evolution of contemporary music, and why he’s not leaping on the livestream bandwagon.

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Recording Review
July 31, 2020

The Florentine Opera gives the nonagenarian composer’s latest a serious makeover on a new recording.

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Upcoming Concert
July 23, 2020

The conductor is pursuing his new collaborative role with SFS in a fresh video/podcast series.

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Feature Article
June 30, 2020

A musical lineage that decisively influenced 20th-century music looks to continue in its own key.

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Feature Article
June 9, 2020

Thanks to an innovative grant, 57 artist/teachers have had projects funded during the lockdown.

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CD Review
May 5, 2020

A trio of Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Christine Popper write originals in a different key from what you expect.

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Book Review
April 25, 2020

The effervescent Israeli pianist shares insights into his long career in this intimate memoir.

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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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