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, is a published poet, 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 - September 6, 2023

Mostly known for being quoted in Warner Bros. cartoons, Raymond Scott’s entertaining compositions have now been recorded by QSF and a big band.

Jeff Kaliss - August 1, 2023

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol brings the legendary sax player, composer, and educator to Geoffrey’s Inner Circle in Oakland.

Jeff Kaliss - July 25, 2023

Lera Auerbach’s “Vessels of Light” Symphony, celebrating a heroic Japanese diplomat, shares a bill with Gordon Getty’s Joan and the Bells.

Jeff Kaliss - July 4, 2023

Despite a debilitating illness, the singer has a memoir out and is helping local cultural arts academy Los Cenzontles.

Jeff Kaliss - May 22, 2023

Rent Romus and Heikki Koskinen’s Itkuja Suite has its premiere in Berkeley this week.

Jeff Kaliss - May 22, 2023

The recording producer and collector made a giant contribution to the preservation and dissemination of many genres of music.

Jeff Kaliss - May 2, 2023

Benjamin Britten’s opera is pleasant if mostly uninteresting, like its titular hero.

Jeff Kaliss - March 21, 2023

Opened just five months ago, the “sacred space” for jazz has plugged a lot of gaps for S.F.-connected musicians.

Jeff Kaliss - February 6, 2023

Initially tapped for the group’s “50 for the Future” project, Wiancko was still surprised to be invited to join Kronos as a performer.

Jeff Kaliss - January 27, 2023

Rembetiko, a gritty tradition of song and dance engendered by a nearly forgotten war, is celebrated by the Greek Chamber Music Project.