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 17:
1902 Marian Anderson (concert singer) born in Philadelphia, Pa.
1943 Armand J. Piron (violinist, composer, publisher, and bandleader) died in New Orleans, La.
1973 Pixinguinha (composer, instrumentalist, arranger, and bandleader) died in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1982 Thelonious Sphere Monk (jazz pianist and composer) died in Weehawken, N.J.

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J-Term 2018 Hours:  Monday – Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm; Friday 10 am to 1 pm.  
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