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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
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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Artist Spotlight
May 15, 2018

The violinist has been in the public spotlight for many years but retains his youthful enthusiasm.

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