Columbia College Chicago

Center for Black Music Research

Join us for an exhibit and open house! Open the Door Chicago: a Great Migration Musical Journey on Wednesday May 11 through Friday May 13, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., 618 S. Michigan, 6th floor.

This exhibit includes original photographs, audio interview clips and promotional materials showcasing several music personalities that made the journey from southern rural areas to the northern urban city of Chicago.

Photojournalist Sue Cassidy Clark interviewed soul, blues, and gospel performers who migrated to Chicago including Inez Andrews, Jerry Butler, Buddy Guy, and the Staple Singers. DJ Richard Stamz, the “Crown Prince of Soul,” had a “down home” on-air personality and radio show that appealed to Chicago’s new arrivals from the south. In honor of Richard Stamz, attendees who view the exhibit will receive a “soul certificate” and a “soul pill.”

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 30:
1956 Valaida Snow (jazz trumpeter and singer) died in New York, N.Y.

Current and Upcoming Events

Spring 2016 Hours:  Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Jenna Przybysz Senior Recital - 7pm on May 13

DePaul School of Music, 804 W. Belden Ave. RM 103 

If you enjoyed the February Jazz Initiative session with Jenna's quartet, here's another chance to hear them play. Sets will include: music by Sathima Bea Benjamin, portions of Mary Lou Williams' Zodiac Suite, and Melba Liston's arrangements of Little Niles and Earth Birth. To learn more, check out the Williams and Liston scores at the CBMR Library and Archives.

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                           

10 am – 5 pm

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

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Open the Door Chicago: a Great Migration Musical Journey, 618 S. Michigan, 6th floor. Wednesday May 11 through Friday May 13, between the hours of 11a.m. and 4p.m.

Enjoy Columbia College Chicago's Manifest celebration while you're downtown!