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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.

Sonny Craver


Sonny Craver
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Instrument: vocals, actor
Description: Sonny Craver is a vocalist and piano player. He began his career with the Stomp Gordon Band and also played with the Earl Hood Orchestra, the Raleigh Randolph Band and with "Rahsaan" Roland Kirk in the Sonny Craver Five. Craver left Columbus in 1954 and joined the King Kolax Band in Chicago. He was in and out of Columbus during the following years. Sonny owned the club Regal and managed the Carolyn Club, he also founded the Stanson Recording Company at 517 East Long Street with Eddie colston and Stan Freidberg. The company still produces recordings and is based in Los Angeles. Craver toured nationally with the Count Basie Band then joined Hank Crawford's Band. While at the Montery Jazz Festival, Craver decided to stay in California and has made it his home. Craver's credits include over a dozen stage productions, many recordings and several television roles.
Pictured L-R: Sonny Craver
From the collection of: Sonny Craver

For a glossy print of this image refer to ID# ARC16-32

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