Columbia College Chicago

Center for Black Music Research

The Center for Black Music Research

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Our Mission

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.

Today in Black Music History

March 27:
1872 Cleveland Luca (concert singer) died in Liberia
1876 William H. Tyers (composer, orchestrator, and conductor) born in Richmond, Va.
1909 Benjamin Francis "Ben" Webster (tenor saxophonist) born in Kansas City, Mo.
1924 Sarah Vaughn ("Sassy," "The Divine One") (jazz singer) born in Newark, N.J.

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Center for Black Music Research
Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60605-1996

Street Address:
618 South Michigan,
6th Floor
Chicago, Illinois

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Phone: (312) 369-7559
Fax: (312) 369-8029

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