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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

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.

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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.

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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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