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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

Upcoming Concert
November 7, 2014

Curlew River arrives at Zellerbach Hall next weekend. The story of seeking and redemption, set to the music of Benjamin Britten, is also a story of fulfillment for visionary British director Netia Jones.

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Artist Spotlight
November 3, 2014

Traditional jazz still flourishes in New Orleans and elsewhere, kept alive by groups such as the Rebirth Brass Band.

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Artist Spotlight
October 7, 2014

The French-born conductor Stéphane Denève takes the S.F. Symphony on a lively international tour with works composed within a few years of each other.

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Chamber Music Review
September 21, 2014

At the SFFCM Music Day featuring several acts in the three performance areas bubbles with enthusiasm and portends good things to come.

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Feature Article
September 9, 2014

On The Last Southern Gentlemen, Delfeayo Marsalis unites with his father, Ellis, on a project that encompasses his musical upbringing and training, and his view of jazz tradition.

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Upcoming Concert
August 26, 2014

As San Francisco Opera readies its revival of the most-performed American opera, Susannah, the composer and the opera’s general director reflect on their cherished artistic partnership.

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Artist Spotlight
August 19, 2014

The iconoclastic organist Cameron Carpenter is always ready to tear up concert halls and cathedrals with his vivid interpretations.

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Artist Spotlight
July 30, 2014

Hard to define, easy to admire, the hot trio Time for Three ranges widely in material, performance style, and ambition.

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Upcoming Concert
July 25, 2014

So far as cellist Tanya Tomkins and pianist Eric Zivian know, there’s no other festival doing chamber music on period instruments. But there will be the Valley of the Moon Music Festival.

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Festival Review
July 20, 2014

Musical wonders witnessed in a glorious seaside setting are the hallmark of the 28th season of the Mendocino Music Festival.

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Feature Article
July 1, 2014

Bandoneonist Seth Asarnow and his ensemble bring the smoky sound of classic tango to life in San Francisco’s Mission District.

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Playlist
June 20, 2014

The World Cup has taken over, but until you've scored with a playlist like this you haven't experienced the thrill of the culture that surrounds this sport.

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Artist Spotlight
June 17, 2014

The impressively knowledgeable executive director of NCCO is about to turn over the keys to that string-ensemble kingdom to another.

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Upcoming Concert
June 12, 2014

S.F. Symphony musicians Scott Pingel and Jacob Nissly like to swing out whenever jazz gigs beckon. They tell why.

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Artist Spotlight
June 4, 2014

Noted for his “reimagining” of works by Mahler and Mozart and their ilk, Uri Caine discusses his Jewish roots, classical improv, and wide-ranging jazz influences.

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Feature Article
April 29, 2014

San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music not only hands out grants to many small music groups in all kinds of different genres, it also offers practical business advice to working musicians.

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Choral Review
March 29, 2014

The S.F. Girls Chorus launches Noah’s Ark on a flood of gorgeous Britten music, in a beautifully sung yet bare-bones performance.

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Artist Spotlight
March 20, 2014

The much-recorded, much-loved tabla artist prepares for his Zellerbach Hall concert and discusses matters ranging from his childhood influences to his latest ensemble colleagues.

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Upcoming Concert
March 16, 2014

The Rumi Symphony Project – Cycle I: Untold, will be presented by Persian Luminary Hafez Nazeri at the Flint Center on March 23.

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Artist Spotlight
March 13, 2014

Pianist Dmitri Alexeev discusses the stylistic differences among pianists from the Soviet era versus Russians playing in recent decades.

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