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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
April 30, 2018

The jazz vocalist doesn't stray too far into unexpected territory at her Sound Room gig, and that's just fine.

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Jazz Review
April 19, 2018

The jazz pianist/vocalist and her top-notch trio showcases all that's best about jazz in an intimate set at the Black Cat.

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Artist Spotlight
April 9, 2018

The conductor brings Apollo's Fire to Cal Performances and talks about her career and the ensemble she founded.

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Artist Spotlight
March 26, 2018

As the S.F. Symphony prepares to play the score to Batman, its composer tells us how he keeps up his phenomenal creative pace.

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Artist Spotlight
March 16, 2018

The Grammy-winning violinist takes us inside the Berg Concerto he will perform with the S.F. Symphony.

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Feature Article
March 2, 2018

There are lots of surprises in Oakland's arts scene, not least of them, this black-owned jazz club, merging old and new.

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Artist Spotlight
February 17, 2018

The composer talks about his musical influences, the role of electronics in his writing, and sharing the limelight with his celebrated father.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
February 5, 2018

The orchestra’s vivid Symphonie fantastique was balanced by the dramatic cantata Joan and the Bells, by Gordon Getty.

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Artist Spotlight
February 2, 2018

She’s conducted symphonies, Sting’s backing orchestra, and live movie scores, which she’s currently doing with the S.F. Symphony.

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Artist Spotlight
February 1, 2018

Counting Sheep melds Ukrainian folk traditions, liturgical music, revolutionary songs, and street theater into a multimedia “Guerilla Folk Opera.”

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Artist Spotlight
January 22, 2018

In Ned Rothenberg’s Beyond C, the Paul Dresher Ensemble revisits Terry Riley’s iconic In C.

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Chamber Orchestra/Orchestra Review
January 22, 2018

Playing music suggested by W. Kamau Bell, the orchestra showed an inspiring willingness to experiment.

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Artist Spotlight
December 7, 2017

The virtuoso pianist draws on both his Cuban roots and jazz influences in a solo performance.

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Feature Article
November 16, 2017

The trumpet virtuoso is inventing new protocols for compensating musicians outside of the concert hall.

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Feature Article
November 13, 2017

The composer talks about Girls of the Golden West, premiering next week at San Francisco Opera.

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Artist Spotlight
November 6, 2017

The singer is part of a dream cast of young, powerful singers slated for the premiere of Girls of the Golden West.

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Upcoming Concert
October 30, 2017

Music Director Urs Leonhardt Steiner’s long-time love of Mexican music finds expression in a timely program.

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Feature Article
October 8, 2017

American jazz in India? Prolific percussionist and creative force Zakir Hussain tells how it happened and his part in the story.

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Artist Spotlight
September 25, 2017

The prolific bassist talks about his musical journey, his upcoming stint at SFJAZZ, and the surprising classical side of Philly soul.

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Artist Spotlight
September 25, 2017

The voice of morning radio on KDFC chats about his influences, his long career, and his hopes for the future.

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