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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

Artist Spotlight
October 26, 2020

The dynamo conductor, composer, and performer shares news from the Louisville Orchestra, tales from his Bay Area upbringing, and his upbeat philosophy.

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Artist Spotlight
October 19, 2020

The new-music godfather talks about his long career, the evolution of contemporary music, and why he’s not leaping on the livestream bandwagon.

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Recording Review
July 31, 2020

The Florentine Opera gives the nonagenarian composer’s latest a serious makeover on a new recording.

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Upcoming Concert
July 23, 2020

The conductor is pursuing his new collaborative role with SFS in a fresh video/podcast series.

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Feature Article
June 30, 2020

A musical lineage that decisively influenced 20th-century music looks to continue in its own key.

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Feature Article
June 9, 2020

Thanks to an innovative grant, 57 artist/teachers have had projects funded during the lockdown.

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CD Review
May 5, 2020

A trio of Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson, and Christine Popper write originals in a different key from what you expect.

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Book Review
April 25, 2020

The effervescent Israeli pianist shares insights into his long career in this intimate memoir.

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CD Review
March 24, 2020

The jazz singer’s lyrics on Secrets Are the Best Stories reveal his roots in divinity school.

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Feature Article
March 23, 2020

Now postponed, “As the Nile Flows” seeks to illustrate the broad influence of the late Nubian musician.

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Artist Spotlight
February 15, 2020

The dean of Irish pipers talks about a lifetime in traditional music and his upcoming gigs in California with the esteemed Celtic ensemble.

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Artist Spotlight
February 10, 2020

SFCO’s music director believes that classical music is seriously fun, and he plans to share the joy in a series of upcoming concerts.

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Artist Spotlight
February 3, 2020

The jazz pianist and composer curates Cal Performances’ Jazz Platform series.

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Feature Article
February 1, 2020

She wanted to conduct her own orchestra, so she built the San Francisco Philharmonic, which debuts Feb. 3.

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Jazz Review
January 20, 2020

The multimedia presentation at SFJAZZ explores issues of race, prejudice, and parenting.

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Jazz Review
January 4, 2020

Funk reigns supreme in celebrations at the Great American Music Hall and SFJAZZ.

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Artist Spotlight
December 10, 2019

The SFS principal trombonist talks getting great tone, mixing a perfect cocktail, and the Holiday Brass show at Davies on Dec. 15.

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Artist Spotlight
December 2, 2019

The visionary music director talks about the upcoming SFGC holiday concert.

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Artist Spotlight
November 4, 2019

His setting of Brian Turner’s “Here, Bullet” is catching on with performance groups around the globe via an innovative commission model.

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Opera Review
October 22, 2019

The rarely performed opera is set in a hostel along the underground railroad.

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