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

October 31:
1896 Ethel Waters (blues singer and actress) born in Chester, Pa.
1922 Jean Baptiste Illinois Jacquet (jazz saxophonist) born in Broussard, La.

Upcoming events

October 23: Listening session with jazz violinist Regina Carter, hosted by Monica Hairston O’Connell. Sponsored by the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. 7:30 p.m., Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

October 26: Conversation between jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and Monica Hairston O’Connell sponsored by the Chicago Humanities Festival and the Hyde Park Jazz Festival. 3–4 p.m., Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.

November 4: “Blues in Black and White: Documenting the Culture of a Music,” a viewing and panel discussion with David Grazian, Tom Lunt, and Mark Pohlad, moderated by Monica Hairston O’Connell. Viewing at 5:30 p.m., discussion at 6:15 p.m., Columbia College Library, second floor.


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

Hours:
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday–Friday

Phone: (312) 369-7559
Fax: (312) 369-8029
cbmr.contact@colum.edu

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