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

May 24:
1803 George (Auguste Polgreen) Bridgetower ( concert violinist) premiered Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata in Vienna, Austria
1935 Valerie Gail Capers (jazz composer and performer) born in New York, N.Y.
1944 Patti LaBelle (R&B singer) born in Philadelphia, Pa.
1950 Lee Vernell Cloud (bass-baritone, composer, arranger of gospel songs, educator) born in Winston-Salem, N.C.
1974 Edward Kennedy ("Duke") Ellington

Current and Upcoming Events

April 6–9, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.: Exhibition hours for FREE/PHASE, an intermedia suite of sound-based public artworks by Mendi and Keith Obadike, commissioned by the CBMR. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. Free admission.

May 2, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. “As She Sees Herself: African-American Women in the Paintings of Archibald Motley,” a panel discussion presented as part of a summer-long series of events accompanying an exhibition of Motley’s paintings at the Chicago Cultural Center. Featuring panelists Cynthia Blair, Romi Crawford, Amy Mooney, and Monica Hairston O’Connell, Executive Director of the CBMR. The event will be held in the Claudia Cassidy Theater, in the second floor of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. Free admission.

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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