Founded at Columbia College Chicago in 1983, The Center for Black Music Research is the only organization of its kind. It exists to illuminate the significant role that black music plays in world culture by serving as a nexus for all who value black music, by promoting scholarly thought and knowledge about black music, and by providing a safe haven for the materials and information that document the black music experience across Africa and the diaspora.
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1803 George (Auguste Polgreen) Bridgetower ( concert violinist) premiered Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata in Vienna, Austria
1935 Valerie Gail Capers (jazz composer and performer) born in New York, N.Y.
1944 Patti LaBelle (R&B singer) born in Philadelphia, Pa.
1950 Lee Vernell Cloud (bass-baritone, composer, arranger of gospel songs, educator) born in Winston-Salem, N.C.
1974 Edward Kennedy ("Duke") Ellington