Columbia College Chicago

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

November 30:
1915 Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee (bluesman) born in Knoxville, Tenn.
1964 Donald Matthew ("Don") Redman (jazz composer and arranger) died in New York, N.Y.

Current and Upcoming Events

Fall 2015 Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Chicago Open Archives - Collecting & Connecting October 8–10: CBMR is participating on October 8th, along with other Chicagoland institutions that collect, preserve, and make accessible the historical materials that tell our collective story. Details:

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

Fall 2015 Hours:
10 am – 5 pm

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

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