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The Arts Foundation Of Olde Towne is a neighborhood based, Arts & Humanities incubator that serves to host and produce projects that are about, or initiated by residents from the Near East Area of the City Of Columbus, Ohio.

Charles Parker


Charles Parker
Group: Parkers Popular Players
Description: Parkers Popular Players as a string trio
Pictured L-R: Rennan, Fats, Robbins, Paul Jordan, Lawrence Dixon,
From the collection of: Arnett Howard

For a glossy print of this image refer to ID# ARC01-12

©2000 A.F.O.O.T.






Charles Parker
Group: Parkers Popular Jass Band
Description: Shown here in a ballroom near Akron, Ohio; note the spelling of jazz as jass.
From the collection of: Arnett Howard

For a glossy print of this image refer to ID# ARC01-40

©2000 A.F.O.O.T.






Charles Parker
Description: Charles Parker was a violinist who performed at the Kaiserhoff Hotel around 1910 and also had a successful barbering business at Gay and High Streets. His contact put him in the business of providing entertainers for hotels and ballrooms all over the midwest. His groups were called Parker's Popular Players. According to his daughter Kaye, second from the left in this family photo, in one summer he booked as many as 38 different bands

For a glossy print of this image refer to ID# ARC18-13

©2000 A.F.O.O.T.






Charles Parker
Group: Parkers Popular Players
Description: Carl "Battle-Axe" Kenny, unknown, Mame Artiss and Floyd Hickman make up this version of the orchestra, "Battle-Axe" Kenny, who later became the World Champion Drummer in a Madison Square Gardens competition, was a precision drummer who would incorporate tossing and bouncing the drumsticks in his act. Mame Artis was a prominent Columbus music teacher.
Pictured L-R: Carl "Battle-Axe" Kenny,
Unidentified, Mame Artiss, Floyd Hickman

For a glossy print of this image refer to ID# ARC24-31

©2000 A.F.O.O.T.