Jesse Hamlin

Jesse Hamlin has written for The San Francisco Chronicle and other publications over the past 30 years on a wide range of music and art, covering jazz musicians and symphonic conductors, sculptors, poets, and architects. He has also written for The New York Times, Art & Auction and Columbia magazines, as well as liner notes for CDs by Stan Getz and Cal Tjader.

Articles by this Author

Feature Article
February 18, 2014

Composer Wendy Reid swears by her parrot’s musicality and uses her live, improvised riffs in compositions she’ll be presenting at the Other Minds festival.

More "Meet Lulu: Parrot Musician and Muse" »
Upcoming Concert
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    Wed October 23, 2013 7:00pm

    Composer Paul Haas and artist Anne Patterson premiere their spiritual/multimedia work in the vast Gothic space of Grace Cathedral atop San Francisco’s Nob Hill.

    More about Grace Cathedral Concerts »

    Feature Article
    September 24, 2013

    San Jose’s Opera Cultura is drawing on a wide variety of music to present Latino/ Hispanic culture to a wider audience.

    More "Hispanic Opera Gets Bay Area Boost" »
    Feature Article
    July 15, 2013

    The America’s Cup may be a bust as far as San Francisco is concerned, but the temporary music venue is a major success.

    More "S.F. Symphony's Bow to Sails: America's Cup Pavillion" »
    Feature Article
    April 9, 2013

    Composer Jonathan Berger is making music out of auditory hallucinations in two fascinating new one-act operas, part of Stanford’s Music and the Brain conference.

    More "Can You Compose a Hallucination?" »
    Feature Article
    January 22, 2013

    SFJAZZ puts a new face on jazz in the Bay Area, with the opening of its dedicated concert hall. Here’s the inside scoop on its design and features.

    More "Now That's How to Build an Audience: New SFJAZZ Center" »
    Feature Article
    December 11, 2012

    One month from the opening of the new concert hall on the Stanford University campus, where Stanford Live will present most of its events, SFCV takes the tour and gets the details from the architects and acousticians.

    More "Bing Concert Hall Ready for Grand Opening" »
    Feature Article
    September 4, 2012

    Weill Hall in Sonoma County is built. Here’s how impresario Robert Cole plans to fill it, and how the building came to be.

    More "Destination Concert Hall in Sonoma: Weill Hall Opens" »
    Feature Article
    July 10, 2012

    Silent-film music specialists still exist, and some of the best-known of their number are showing up to play this week for the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.

    More "Musicians and the Sound of Silents (in Film)" »
    Feature Article
    April 17, 2012

    The inside story of bringing a major piece from idea to completion. Composer Gabriela Lena Frank’s star continues to rise as she prepares a major commission from the S.F. Girls Chorus and the Berkeley Symphony.

    More "Journey Into Faith: The Creation of Holy Sisters" »
    Feature Article
    March 8, 2012

    The musicians of the S.F. Symphony are meeting the challenges of the eclectic American Mavericks repertoire with aplomb — and just a tinge of trepidation.

    More "Orchestra Musicians Jazzed For American Mavericks" »
    Kids & Families Feature
    January 19, 2012

    Listening to Mozart won’t make you smarter. Music training, though, appears to enhance language skills, according to recently reported studies.

    More "Music and Cognition: The Mozart Effect Revisited" »
    Feature Article
    December 5, 2011

    Social media such as Facebook and Twitter are fast becoming essential tools that help arts organizations build audiences and connect with supporters.

    More "Simply Connect: The Rise of Social Media in the Arts" »
    Kids & Families Feature
    November 16, 2011

    Over more than three decades, Berkeley High School’s innovative jazz program has churned out talented amateur players as well as many professionals.

    More "Berkeley High Still Swings With Its Jazz Players" »
    Kids & Families Feature
    September 19, 2011

    Youngsters audition for the All-Stars big band at SFJAZZ, and some blow away the judges with their talent and musical personality.

    More "Calling Young Jazz Talent" »
    Feature Article
    August 25, 2011

    Beyond bland generalities and faked goodwill, the 10 candidates for mayor of San Francisco have ideas about funding the arts and using them to better the city and its communities.

    More "S.F. Mayoral Candidates Share Ideas on Arts at Open Forum" »
    Feature Article
    July 6, 2011

    Nothing could be more San Francisco than the Fillmore Jazz Festival, a mix of jazz and everything even mildly related to it, and California cuisine and wine. Here's a report on some of the goings on

    More "Fillmore Jazz Festival Offers Up Surprises Block by Block" »
    Feature Article
    June 28, 2011

    For decades, the Afro-Cuban music scene was a thriving part of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. But with gigs drying up, the great players here have few outlets for their genius.

    More "Great Musicians, Few Gigs, Afro-Cuban Bands Keep On Keeping On" »
    Feature Article
    June 14, 2011

    The academy that awards music’s highest honors feels besieged by complaints, after it announces that 29 categories will be axed. Musicians are fighting back.

    More "Angry Musicians Protest Massive Changes to Grammy Awards" »
    Kids & Families Feature
    May 9, 2011

    Playing in the Youth Orchestra is life-altering for many of its young players, who often transition into professional careers.

    More "Spotlight on the S.F. Symphony Youth Orchestra" »