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.
1888 Armand John Piron (jazz violinist and composer) born in New Orleans, La.
1917 Roque Cordero (composer, conductor, educator and musical diplomat) born in Panama City, Panama
1933 Oswald Russell (pianist, improviser, and composer) born Selbourne Oswald Alfred Russel in Kingston, Jamaica.
1938 Robert Leroy Johnson (guitarist, singer, and songwriter) died in Greenwood, Miss.
1946 Valerie Simpson (songwriter and R&B singer) born in the Bronx, N.Y.
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10 am to 4pm; Friday 10 am to 1 pm.
Summer days: The CBMR will be closed on Friday, June 29th.
Appointments are highly recommended to ensure that a staff member is available to assist you. Please check staff availability before your visit.
You may make an appointment using Calendly online.
Location: 618 S. Michigan, 6th Fl.
Center for Black Music Research
Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60605-1996
618 South Michigan,6th Floor
Monday – Thursday 10 am – 4 pm Fridays 10 am – 1 pm
and by appointment until 5pm.
Appointments are highly recommended to ensure that a staff member is available to assist you.
Use the new appointments site to schedule time with Library and Archives staff for study, research, coursework, and listening sessions.
Phone: (312) 369-7559
Fax: (312) 369-8029