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

April 25:
1913 Earl Bostic (saxophonist and arranger) born in Tulsa, Okla.
1918 Ella Fitzgerald (jazz singer) born in Newport News, Va.
1923 Albert King (bluesman) born in Indianola, Miss.
1945 Teddy Weatherford (jazz pianist and bandleader) died in Calcutta, India

Hours, Location, Events

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.

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