Columbia College Chicago

Center for Black Music Research

The 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

September 23:
1907 Albert C. Ammons (boogie-woogie pianist) born in Chicago, Ill.
1926 John Coltrane (saxophone player and composer) born in Hamlet, N.C.
1930 Ray Charles (popular music singer/pianist) born Ray Charles Robinson in Albany, Ga.

Upcoming events

September 24: Rap artist Jessica Disu (FM Supreme) performs in the Music Center Concert Hall, 1014 S. Michigan Ave, at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. This event is a joint presentation between the First-Year Seminar and James Falzone’s work as CBMR Faculty Fellow.

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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