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

January 29:
1885 Leadbelly (Huddie William Ledbetter) (bluesman) born in Mooringsport, La.
1981 William Randolph "Cozy" Cole (jazz drummer) died in Columbus, Ohio
1992 Willie James Dixon (producer, composer, and bass fiddle player) died in Burbank, Calif.
1998 Coupé Cloué (Jean Gesner Henri, Haitian popular musician, died in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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

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618 South Michigan,
6th Floor
Chicago, Illinois

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

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