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

July 29:
1849 James Hemmenway (bandleader) died in Philadelphia, Pa.
1900 Donald Matthew ("Don") Redman (jazz arranger and composer) born in Piedmont, W.Va.
1916 Charlie Christian (jazz guitarist) born in Dallas, Tex.

Current and Upcoming Events

Summer Hours in the Reading Room: Monday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

August 6-9: Join us in Madison, Wisconsin for the Feminist Theory and Music conference at UW-Madison's Pyle Center. Program and FTM13 registration open now! 

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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