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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.

Warren Stephens


Warren Stephens
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio
Instrument: guitar
Description: Stephens played with the "Rusty" Bryant Band during their Carolyn Club days. In 1959 Stephens and his partner Jim Crawford opened The Sacred Mushroom, Columbus's first Jazz coffe house. The club was in the basement of a former movie house on N. High Street, across from The Ohio State University. The space had a small platform or a stage and featured legendary jazz jam sessions, folk music and "beatnik" poetry. Stephens later left Columbus and became involved with music management.

"It was a Jazz club and a coffee house at the height of the Beatnik era. They served only coffee and cappuccino. The waitresses all wore black tights, black turtle necks and black mascara. People sat on scavenged pews and picnic benches. A piano player and drummer improvised bebop Jazz riffs."

Story by: Charlie Einhorn
Pictured L-R: "Rusty" Bryant, Hank Marr, Unidentified, Fred Smith, Jimmy "Stix" Rogers
From the collection of: Jimmy Rogers

For a glossy print of this image refer to ID# ARC10-33

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