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

Jeff Kaliss - April 5, 2021

The fearless saxophonist and composer talks about his latest explorations with three top pianists.


Jeff Kaliss - March 16, 2021

The orchestra’s dynamic, varied online offerings are headed by its omnivorous new music director.

Jeff Kaliss - February 15, 2021

Renée Fleming and her Sound Health Network champion Indre Viskontas’s comprehensive review of music and brain development research.

Jeff Kaliss - January 4, 2021

A new book by Peter Jones traces the influential jazz vocalist’s musical odyssey, and delves into the chemistry of his most famous collaboration.

Jeff Kaliss - October 26, 2020

The dynamo conductor, composer, and performer shares news from the Louisville Orchestra, tales from his Bay Area upbringing, and his upbeat philosophy.

Jeff Kaliss - 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.

Jeff Kaliss - July 31, 2020

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

Jeff Kaliss - July 23, 2020

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

Jeff Kaliss - June 30, 2020

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

Jeff Kaliss - June 9, 2020

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