Columbia College Chicago

Center for Black Music Research

The Center for Black Music Research

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

September 19:
1887 Lovie Austin (Cora Calhoun) (blues pianist) born in Chattanooga, Tenn.
1925 Robert Lee Owens (concert pianist, vocal accompanist, composer, and stage and television actor) born in Denison, Tex.
1930 Muhal Richard Abrams (pianist, composer, clarinetist, administrator, and educator) born as Richard Abrahams in Chicago, Ill.

Upcoming events

September 24: Rap artist Jessica Disu (FM Supreme) performs in the Music Center Concert Hall, 1014 S. Michigan Ave, at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. This event is a joint presentation between the First-Year Seminar and James Falzone’s work as CBMR Faculty Fellow.

Mailing Address:
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

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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