Bill Banfield Papers

Institution: Columbia College Chicago - Center for Black Music Research
618 South Michigan
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Phone: (312) 369-7586
Date: 1978-2001
Extent: 5.3 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Dr. William “Bill” Cedric Banfield is currently a professor and director of the Africana Studies/Music and Society initiative at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He is well-known for his original, boundary-crossing compositions and his writings on the black aesthetic and artistic theology. Originally from Detroit, he had a busy musical life in school, starting guitar lessons at the age of 9, and performing with professional bands from the age of 12. He graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1979, then spent several years in Boston, earning a BM degree in 1983 from the New England Conservatory of Music and a master’s of theological studies from Boston University in 1988, with a minor in composition and conducting. During his time in Boston, he studied with T.J. Anderson, William Thomas McKinley, George Russell, and Theodore Antoniou, and founded the Bill Banfield Quintet. He also established BMagic Operations, a small national record label specializing in local talent. Currently Banfield serves as chair of Black Music Culture for the Association of American Culture and the Popular Culture Association of America conferences, and as executive director of Videmus/Visionary records. He recently joined Scarecrow Press as its contributing editor of Cultural Studies and Jazz Publications.

Scope and Content Note:
The Bill Banfield Papers include manuscripts and photocopies of musical compositions, correspondence, photographs, clippings and promotional materials, writings. There is also information concerning his music production company BMagic, and Young Artists Development, Inc. (YADI), an educational organization he co-founded in Boston.

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