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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

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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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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