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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

Artist Spotlight
June 6, 2013

Singer/composer Rufus Wainwright rides life’s challenges with a light heart and a commitment to reinvent himself regularly.

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Feature Article
May 31, 2013

The great bass player Charlie Haden is finally getting the tributes and recognition that his contributions to music deserve, including a tribute at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival.

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Feature Article
May 25, 2013

Modest to a fault, the outgoing president of the S.F. Conservatory of Music has much to crow about, having led the Conservatory to a new facility, international prominence, and an inspired focus on music education.

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Upcoming Concert
May 22, 2013

An original musical “hop-pening,” Drinking/Songs combines beer-tasting and songs.

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Upcoming Concert
May 14, 2013

After two remarkable decades of presenting music in San Francisco, the Noe Valley Chamber Music series celebrates with a gala.

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Upcoming Concert
May 8, 2013

What happens when boys from the Ragazzi Boys Chorus seek that camaraderie and unique experience of the renowned choral group they grew up in? Ragazzi Continuo to the rescue.

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Playlist
April 18, 2013

Celebrating the April 21 Brazilian holiday, Tiradentes’ Day, our Brazil Mixtape blurs the boundaries between classical and popular music, reflecting the blurred boundaries between the races in Brazil, a great place to listen to and to visit.

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Artist Spotlight
April 18, 2013

Approaching the winter of the Tokyo String Quartet’s existence, cellist Clive Greensmith reflects on changes and challenges over the years, and on his plans for the future.

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Playlist
April 11, 2013

People of any age in any place can appreciate how the composers represented on this mixtape turned rain and wind into evocative pieces of music, much of it based on mythical and religious stories.

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Playlist
April 4, 2013

With this list, you’ll find a variety of reasons to smile and laugh, getting some of that best medicine along with some memorable melodies.

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Artist Spotlight
April 1, 2013

The man-of-many-voices Bobby McFerrin reflects on his career start in the Bay Area, his musical legacy from his parents, and his recent innovative CDs.

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CD Review
March 22, 2013

Maria Schneider marries melody to words in her latest release Winter Morning Walks, featuring Dawn Upshaw and two renowned Chamber Orchestras.

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Choral Review
March 8, 2013

Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble presents an exotic and yet warmly familiar musical smorgasbord that has broad appeal.

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Feature Article
March 5, 2013

This year’s Jewish Music Festival brings to light the cultural achievements of Poland’s once-thriving Jewish community.

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Feature Article
March 1, 2013

After the passing of William Bennett (1956-2013), prinicpal oboist of the San Francisco Symphony, a remembrance.

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Artist Spotlight
February 26, 2013

Coming from a culture that regards classical music as vital to family life, violinist Sarah Chang reflects on her international tours and her 300-year-old instrument that, she says, will outlive her.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 22, 2013

A S.F. Chamber Orchestra program transverses three centuries of music with consistent liveliness, grace, and skill.

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Feature Article
February 19, 2013

Prized for their true intimacy and relaxed atmosphere, private house concerts have become a thriving, many-tendriled subculture in the Bay Area music scene.

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Artist Spotlight
February 13, 2013

Growing up in Spain gave David Russell a love for the guitar, which he has parlayed into a much-lauded career.

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Feature Article
February 12, 2013

Recorder players and a bansuri flute virtuoso get their place in the sun at Other Minds. Here’s how the surprising, eclectic 18th Festival came together.

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