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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
September 6, 2011

A unique collaboration between a Cape Verdean singer and a jazz arranger makes room for a string quartet in a story of cultural exchange.

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CD Review
September 2, 2011

Steve Reich’s tribute to those who died at Ground Zero involves prerecorded speech and evokes emotions of sadness and transcendence.

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Feature Article
August 19, 2011

The Bay Area’s fall bounty of music includes delicious selections from jazz, pop, and other musics from around the globe. Here are a few worth your notice.

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Artist Spotlight
August 17, 2011

The jazz legend reflects on his musical origins and work with Miles Davis and others, and gives his views on reconnecting people with their cultural roots.

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Artist Spotlight
August 8, 2011

This highly regarded composer of Neo-Americana opens the Cabrillo Festival with a transporting evocation of the Arizona desert.

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Artist Spotlight
July 15, 2011

The multifaceted Joe Lovano swings his various saxes at festivals around the world, including upcoming gigs in Carmel and at Stanford.

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Artist Spotlight
June 27, 2011

The celebrated composer/singer/producer keeps alive his legacy of hits, and talks about how Hurricane Katrina made him change course.

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Upcoming Concert
June 17, 2011

The peak of Bernal Heights Park provides a broad and beautiful perspective on S.F., the city which will be celebrated in a concert by the Bernal Hill Players at the Community Music Center (CMC) on June 18.

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Feature Article
June 10, 2011

Music from the HBO series is hitting the road to showcase the vitality of New Orleans’ traditional jazz.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
May 28, 2011

The gorgeous music of legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane enchants an outdoor crowd at Yerba Buena Gardens.

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Artist Spotlight
May 26, 2011

Founder and violinist of the Kronos Quartet David Harrington talks with SFCV about ancient Chinese tunes and modern Chinese toys, and how a collaboration with pipa virtuoso Wu Man has helped the Kronos Quartet span cultures and time.

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Artist Spotlight
May 9, 2011

Edgar Meyer could be said to be playing all the “basses”: he’s collaborated and recorded in classical, jazz, bluegrass, and several other contexts. At Herbst Theatre this month, he’ll be taking on an unfamiliar role: playing bass solo, in public.

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Artist Spotlight
May 2, 2011

For the first time, visionary New York City vocalist Meredith Monk and the Oakland-based Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble will showcase four decades of Monk’s dramatic compositions.

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Feature Article
April 19, 2011

High drama in the world of classical music radio, and not a little financial static, marks a transition for the Bay Area’s KDFC.

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Modern Classical Review
April 3, 2011

The musical and theatrical foods of love are both being well-served by the African-American Shakespeare Company’s resetting of Twelfth Night, continuing through this month.

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Artist Spotlight
April 4, 2011

After-hours at the Symphony, Joan Jeanrenaud and PC Munoz promise to stir up the joint with mashups for cello and percussion/beats.

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Upcoming Concert
March 21, 2011

Five Bay Area composers spent 15 months scaling down Stravinsky’s huge Rite of Spring for the S.F. Chamber Orchestra. Excitement promises to ensue in April performances.

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Feature Article
March 8, 2011

Hugh Masekela is one of the most recognized, beloved figures in world music. In this story, which complements the new SFCV video, Masekela tells his story to Jeff Kaliss and talks about what’s important to him now.

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Artist Spotlight
February 15, 2011

Regina Carter, who achieved notoriety, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, as a jazz violinist, spoke with SFCV prior to her presentation of a premiere by composer Billy Childs.

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Upcoming Concert
February 8, 2011

Mario Guarneri is no more a classical purist than he is a violinist. Instead, the Juilliard-trained trumpeter, who spent 15 years with the L.A. Philharmonic, is a proponent of both the jazz and classical repertoires, as he’ll demonstrate with his appearance for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival.

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