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 28:
1936 Occilius Jeanty (military bandleader and Haitian nationalist composer) died in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
1972 Scott Joplin's (ragtime composer) three-act opera, "Treemonisha," was first staged in Atlanta
1983 Sweet Emma" Barrett (jazz pianist and singer) died in New Orleans, La.

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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

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

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