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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
October 21, 2013

More than 1,000 musicians take part this weekend in Crissy Field Broadcast, an open-space musical event by Lisa Bielawa.

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Upcoming Concert
October 10, 2013

In the South Bay, Indian classical music is blooming through the efforts of Indian Classic Music and Arts foundation.

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Recital Review
September 17, 2013

Highly regarded singer/songwriter Gabriel Kahane came to Lara Downes’ The Artist Sessions at Yoshi’s, bringing hip, sardonic humor and introspective lyrics with him.

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Feature Article
September 10, 2013

Stephen King’s gloomy, claustrophobic tale, Dolores Claiborne appeals to composer Tobias Picker, for its portrait of an uncompromising woman.

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Video Essay
September 10, 2013

The first recipient of a New Voices joint commission, Zosha di Castri talks about her music and being plucked from graduate school into the limelight.

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Artist Spotlight
September 4, 2013

After successfully rebounding from colon cancer in 2010 and an embolism in July of this year, 72-year-old Plácido Domingo has proven that you can't keep a good tenor down.

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Artist Spotlight
August 30, 2013

Quadruple threat Audra McDonald warms up her extraordinary pipes for opening night at the S.F. Symphony, and talks about her love for educating youth.

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Artist Spotlight
August 23, 2013

From Bach to bluegrass to “salongrass,” Chris Thile plays the mandolin as if there’s no tomorrow.

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Artist Spotlight
August 7, 2013

Young stride pianist Stephanie Trick visits SFJAZZ with a plethora of powerful and pleasurable pieces.

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Feature Article
July 23, 2013

If you’re looking for a musical maverick, look no further than the instrument builder, composer, and theorist Cris Forster. Here’s a tour, with video, of his inventions and his ideas.

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Artist Spotlight
July 13, 2013

Nicola Benedetti was recently voted Classical Brit of the Year, and at only 26, has become one of Scotland’s most wanted exports. But she’s not letting success turn her head.

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Upcoming Concert
July 10, 2013

Genre-bending musical forms invade this year’s Carmel Bach Festival in Monterey, which promises a range of delights.

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Artist Spotlight
July 2, 2013

Michael Feinstein, his marriage newly legitimized, talks about his big-band gig in San Francisco, where he’ll salute the Gershwin brothers in his inimitable style.

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Feature Article
June 18, 2013

Many of the Bay Area’s classical stars, as well as a number of other musicians, have recorded music at Skywalker Ranch, under expert producer Leslie Ann Jones. Here’s a peek inside the studio in action on a new, independent project.

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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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