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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

Jazz Review
May 21, 2019

The singer deployed her vocal gifts in a set drawn from her latest album.

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Upcoming Concert
May 20, 2019

A sense of coming together and the power of the collective underline the quartet’s fifth annual festival.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 14, 2019

A collaboration with Marcus Roberts’s jazz trio opens new musical avenues for the NCCO.

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Non-Western Classical Music Review
May 6, 2019

The latest iteration of the multicultural collaboration explores the idea of the heroic gesture.

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Jazz Review
May 6, 2019

The 14-member ensemble has the audience at SFJAZZ dancing and clapping along.

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Upcoming Concert
    April 30, 2019

    The Bay Area chorus New Voices is for vocalists who identify as transgender, intersex, and gender-queer.

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    Chamber Music Review
    April 29, 2019

    New compositions sound fresh on Baroque-style instruments at the Center for New Music.

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    Recital Review
    April 16, 2019

    S.F. Conservatory of Music instructors strut their fretted stuff in a concert ranging from the Baroque to jazz and back.

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    Artist Spotlight
    April 9, 2019

    The lauded choral conductor/composer talks about his concert-length musical response to a notorious anti-gay hate crime.

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    Upcoming Concert
    March 29, 2019

    The singer/trombonist talks about the duo’s new recording of originals and an upcoming tour stop in Oakland.

    More about The Sound Room »
    Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
    March 26, 2019

    The orchestra showcases great music banned by oppressive regimes.

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    Upcoming Concert
    March 8, 2019

    Symphony Silicon Valley participates in a program to introduce underserved students to the wonders of music and arts.

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    Artist Spotlight
    February 21, 2019

    The composer and avant-garde guitarist talks about his philosophy of composition, tapping into traditional sources, and the pleasures of working with the local chorus.

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    Upcoming Concert
    February 9, 2019

    A local tour by the St. Lawrence String Quartet kicks off the new collaborative effort to expand access to great chamber music.

    More about Bay Area Music Consortium »
    Jazz Review
    January 28, 2019

    Weaving easily between 1940s jazz styles and more contemporary music, Shelby’s 2006 suite is a masterpiece.

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    Artist Spotlight
    January 19, 2019

    The peripatetic cellist chats with SFCV about taking artistic risks and his own development.

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    Jazz Review
    December 18, 2018

    The startling 15-year-old pianist headlines four nights at Miner Auditorium, and still has some growing to do.

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    Artist Spotlight
    November 17, 2018

    The vaunted singer talks about her return to S.F. Performances with a program exploring the intersection of jazz and poetry.

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    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.

    More about The Back Room »

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