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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.

Jeannette Williams


Jeannette Williams
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Instrument: vocal
Description: Jeannette Williams sang her first solo in church at the age of five. She became interested in Jazz at the age of ten. Growing up on Mt. Vernon Avenue at 20th Street put her constantly in the middle of a rich Jazz environment. She remembers, as a child, ordering food at The Macon Hotel Lounge just so she could wait around and watch the floor shows.

Williams first started singing professionally at the age of 14 in the 502 Club. On Mondays the Club held talent shows. Every time Williams entered, she won first prize and since she won so often, the club owner gave her a job as a professional singer. Williams performed with Hank Marr, Rusty Bryant and Taylor Orr, Bubbles Holloway was her first manager.


In 1962, while Williams was still in junior high school and singing on week-ends, she opened for Etta James at the Jamaica Club. By the age of 16, she went out on the road with Hank Marr. She remembers that he watched over her closely and wouldn't let her get away with anything.


Story by: Garlena Baver


Pictured L-R: Jeannette Williams
From the collection of: Arnett Howard

For a glossy print of this image refer to ID# ARC04-34

©2000 A.F.O.O.T.






Jeannette Williams
Instrument: vocal
Description: Williams sang her first solo in church at the age of five and became interested in Jazz at the age of ten. She grew up on Mt. Vernon Avenue at 20th Street which put her constantly in the middle of a rich Jazz environment. She remembers, as a child, ordering food at The Macon Hotel Lounge just so she could wait around and watch the floor shows.


Williams first started singing professionally at the age of 14 in the 502 Club. On Mondays the Club held talent shows. Every time Williams entered, she won first prize and since she won so often, the club owner gave her a job as a professional singer. Williams performed with Hank Marr, Rusty Bryant and Taylor Orr. Bubbles Holloway was her manager.


In 1962, while Williams was still in junior high school and singing on week-ends, she opened for Etta James at the Jamaica Club. By the age of 16, she went out on the road with Hank Marr. She remembers that he watched over her closely and wouldn’t let her get away with anything.

Story by: Garlena Bauer


From the collection of: Arnett Howard

For a glossy print of this image refer to ID# ARC13-14

©2000 A.F.O.O.T.