Columbia College Chicago

Center for Black Music Research

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

February 08:
1940 Talib Rasul Hakim born (composer, performer, and writer) Stephen Alexander Chambers in Asheville, N.C.
1996 Mercer Ellington (jazz composer and trumpeter) died in Copenhagen

Current and Upcoming Events

J-term and Spring 2016 Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Jazz Initiative resumes in February! Free and open to the public. Details will be posted on the website:
The Jazz Initiative, and don't forget to "Like" the Facebook page!


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

Fall 2015 Hours:
10 am – 5 pm
Monday–Friday

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

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