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

July 24:
1903 Caterina Jarboro (concert and opera singer) born in Wilmington, N.C.
1910 Charles Melvin "Cootie" Williams (jazz trumpeter)
1921 William Edward "Billy" Taylor, Jr. (pianist, jazz performer, composer, writer, educator) born in Greenville, N.C.
1925 Adele Addison (concert and opera singer, star of Gershwin's film Porgy & Bess) born in New York, N.Y.

Current and Upcoming Events

Summer 2016 Hours:  Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

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 – 4 pm
Call for appointment for M-F 9a to 10a or 4 pm to 5 pm.

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

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