William J. Zick

Independent Historian ( Website )

William J. Zick is a retired administrative law judge for the Michigan Employment Security Commission and a former training officer for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. His Juris Doctor degree is from Detroit College of Law, while his M.A. In Political Science is from Wayne State University and his degree in History and English is from the University of Michigan Flint. The Detroit native maintains a website and blog on African Heritage in Classical Music.

Charles Lucièn, Sr. Lambert (1828-1896)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Charles Lucièn Lambert, Sr., also known as Lucièn Lambert, Sr., was an internationally prominent classical musician and composer, and part of the middle generation of acclaimed Lambert musical artists.  Both his father, Charles-Richard Lambert, and his son, Lucièn-Léon Guillaume Lambert, had … Read MoreCharles Lucièn, Sr. Lambert (1828-1896)

Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780)

Thomas Gainsborough’s 1768 Portrait of Ignatius Sancho Image Ownership: Public Domain Ignatius Sancho was an African composer and author who grew up as a house slave in England. We do not know how Sancho left domestic servitude but according to historians by the time he … Read MoreIgnatius Sancho (1729-1780)

James DePriest (1936-2013)

  Image Courtesy of the Oregon Symphony The African American conductor James DePriest is the nephew of the singer Marian Anderson. DePreist is the Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Laureate Music Director of the Oregon Symphony, and Director of Conducting and Orchestral … Read MoreJames DePriest (1936-2013)

Black Composers and Musicians in Classical Music History

John Blanke, Musician at the Court of Henry VIII Image Courtesy of the National Archives of the United Kingdom Utilizing the research of Professor Dominique-René de Lerma of Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, historian William J. Zick in the article below provides vignettes which comprise … Read MoreBlack Composers and Musicians in Classical Music History

José Mauricio Nunes Garcia (1767-1830)

  Image Ownership: Public Domain José Mauricio Nunes Garcia (1767-1830) was an Afro-Brazilian composer and organist who was the grandson of slaves. Over 240 works of music by Garcia have survived. Garcia’s mother was Vitória Maria da Cruz and his father was Apolinário Nunes Garcia, … Read MoreJosé Mauricio Nunes Garcia (1767-1830)

Joseph de Bolonge/Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799)

Image Ownership: Public Domain Joseph de Bologne was born December 25, 1745 on a plantation near Basse-Terre, on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. His mother was Anne Nanon, slave-mistress of his father, the nobleman George de Bologne de Saint-Georges. He was educated in France, … Read MoreJoseph de Bolonge/Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges (1745-1799)