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The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

Peralta Community College District's only student-run publication.

The Citizen

College of Alameda jazz professor Glen Pearson demonstrates his musical talent on his classroom piano. Hes one of the newest members of the Count Basie Orchestra, a historic 18-piece jazz ensemble that took home a Grammy this year. (Photo: Desmond Meagley/The Citizen)

The humble Grammy-winning pianist leading CoA’s music program

Jazz professor Glen Pearson performs with legendary Count Basie Orchestra, which took home a Grammy this year
Desmond Meagley, Staff Writer March 4, 2024

Seated at his piano in room G-119, between stacks of papers and cardboard boxes, Glen Pearson effortlessly hammers out snappy blues melodies with the flick of a wrist for his jazz ensemble students. His...

Treasure Island Music Festival Shores Up in Oakland

admin October 27, 2018

International performance group “Big Nazo” entertains crowds with bizarre and hilarious music and creative costumes. Thousands turned out for the weekend-long festival at Middle Harbor Shoreline...

Love, Community and Resistance

admin September 17, 2018

Oakland celebrates a decade of pride By Geremy Lowe Oakland commemorated community at Pride this year when more than 50,000 people gathered in the streets of downtown Oakland on Sunday, Sept. 9 to celebrate...

The irony of America’s love for hip-hop

admin September 14, 2018

By Daniel Roman Last month marked the 45th birthday of Hip-Hop. On August 11, 1973, a young Jamaican immigrant named Clive Campbell hosted a birthday party for his younger sister in the recreation room...

Oakland club welcomes weird

admin November 28, 2017

A regular attendee of Hanging Garden events brushes their hair to the side while dancing, exhibiting a classic Goth style. Photo by Leah Frink Hanging Garden hosts monthly Goth/New-wave dance party By...

Pop & punk & prog

admin May 22, 2017

Octopus Literary Salon plays host to genre-bending — and genre-blending — local bands By Shane Frink It was a pleasant warm night and on the edges of the First Friday festivities of Oakland’s...

Gurke shares passion for music

admin December 5, 2014

Laney professor brings music to students and community For Laney College professor Charlie Gurke, music is more than just a subject of study. It’s a way of sharing energy and creativity with those...

Bateman brings the unexpected to the stage at Yoshi’s Oakland

admin October 31, 2014

Zack Bateman arrived promptly for our interview at Jack London Square. His relaxed demeanor and friendly welcome belied the fact that he has suffered from severe panic attacks since childhood. In fact,...

Opposing Viewpoints: Censorship

admin October 25, 2013

Silencing songs is un-American In a small club in downtown San Francisco there’s a mural of a guy with Uncle Sam’s hand over his mouth painted on the wall. Below them it states, “Censorship is...

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