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
    October 22, 2013

    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" »