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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

Feature Article
October 8, 2017

American jazz in India? Prolific percussionist and creative force Zakir Hussain tells how it happened and his part in the story.

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Artist Spotlight
September 25, 2017

The prolific bassist talks about his musical journey, his upcoming stint at SFJAZZ, and the surprising classical side of Philly soul.

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Artist Spotlight
September 25, 2017

The voice of morning radio on KDFC chats about his influences, his long career, and his hopes for the future.

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Feature Article
July 29, 2017

Arnaud Sussmann, Soovin Kim, and Aaron Boyd on mysteries of the devil’s box.

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Artist Spotlight
July 17, 2017

The weeklong celebration of this uniquely American composer includes concerts, an audio installation, and a listening party.

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Artist Spotlight
July 9, 2017

The eclectic singer, instrumentalist, and actor joins the S.F. Symphony for a diverse evening of American music.

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Artist Spotlight
May 23, 2017

The renowned conductor is in town for Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich with the S.F. Symphony.

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Artist Spotlight
April 19, 2017

The former associate principal bassist focuses on jazz these days, but his classical roots still nourish his music.

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Feature Article
April 14, 2017

Composer and scholar Carman Moore talks with SFCV about Scott Joplin and his overarching influence on all aspects of American music.

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Artist Spotlight
April 6, 2017

We talk with the Italian polymath about taking on new musical directorships and creating his signature line of perfumes.

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Upcoming Concert
March 3, 2017

The latest work by Lisa Mezzacappa is being performed at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and imagines the frontiers of science in musical terms.

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Upcoming Concert
February 14, 2017

Performances, conducting, and teaching are keeping this 69-year-old young.

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Upcoming Concert
February 13, 2017

The composer/pianist talks about the origins of her Grammy-winning The Thompson Fields, her work pushing for a fair deal from music streaming companies, and working with David Bowie.

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Upcoming Concert
February 6, 2017

Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate’s rhythmically vital composition anchors Music Director Michael Morgan’s exploration of Native American concert music.

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Artist Spotlight
February 3, 2017

As active as ever, the 70-year-old has his hands full with new projects and supporting his younger colleagues.

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Upcoming Concert
January 12, 2017

The adventurous company steps into the breach with a new festival featuring new operatic works in development.

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Upcoming Concert
January 8, 2017

Meet the local exponents of the Brazilian genre that captivated Heitor Villa-Lobos, among others.

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Feature Article
December 6, 2016

A cappella ensembles from seven of the hottest high-tech firms in Silicon Valley convene for a night of decidedly low-tech music.

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Festival Review
November 9, 2016

A new documentary explores many facets of the noted philanthropist and composer.

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Feature Article
October 31, 2016

Golden Gate Symphony offers the first major Western showcase of an oratorio exploring a huge cultural movement in 20th-century China.

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