I don't know how many of you knew David "Bart" Bartholomew. He did not post too much in the Forum, but he was always there when needed. From the point of view of Bixology, Bart was a very important man. From http://bixography.com/bix/BIX.html
Jim Grover's BIX series of tapes came alive again starting on March 10, 2001, the 98th anniversary of Bix's birth: it was broadcast by radio station WMKV.
At the time the rebroadcast was announced, Alan Bayowski, general manager of WMKV, who conceived the idea of the rebroadcast, wrote, "The series will begin airing on WMKV 89.3 FM Cincinnati on Saturday, March 10th at 7 p.m. EST with a rebroadcast on Wednesday, March 14th at 10 p.m. We will air the series in one hour blocks. The first program on the 10th of March will feature the intro recorded by Bart, Frank and Bill plus the first in the Bix series. The next Bix Show will feature #2 and #3 from the original series and be aired on March 17th and the 21st. We'll then continue with two shows (one hour) each week, Saturday for the premiere and the rebroadcast the following Wednesday. With this schedule the final program of one hour will air the 12th and 16th of May."
Bart, Frank and Bill are Dave Bartholomew, Frank Powers and William Utter, respectively. Frank was a clarinet player, Bix specialist, and jazz scholar, and was the major commentator for the program. Bill -we already saw his name earlier- was manager of WMUB and Professor of Communications at the time; he had written the grant proposal for securing the necessary funds to finance the making of the program. Bill was the executive producer for the series and was the narrator as well. Bill provided a clean set of tapes. Alan tells me that Bart is "a WMKV volunteer who produces a wonderful weekly program on music from the 20s called "Friction" and is a Bix aficionado; he has taken copies of the series that Bill Utter has and has lovingly rerecorded/dubbed the programs onto Digital Audio Tape. They will then be transferred to CD. Bart reinserted "cleaner'' recordings of Bix's music to deal with some audio bleeding that was on the original tapes we were working with." Bart, Frank and Bill have prepared an introduction. Bill writes, " They invited me to come down in the next week to do a :30 program with Frank Powers and others about the making of the series. I will take along some out-takes given me by Jim Grover. They will use this to lead off the broadcast of the series on the station and internet."
I am now proud and honored to present -available on demand in the Bixography web site- the 19 programs as aired by WMKV as well as the introduction to the series specially prepared for the rebroadcast. I want to express my profound gratitude to Bill Utter who provided me with copies of the 10 CDs of the rebroadcast. A warm thanks also goes to Alan who, with Bill, decided that I was to be one of the first recipients of the CDs lovingly and beautifully produced by Bart. The contributions of Bart and Frank also must be recognized with our appreciation. It is sad that Frank did not live to witness this third broadcast of Jim's thesis. Last, but not least, we - Bixophiles and Jazz aficionados from around the world- owe a great debt of gratitude to Jim Grover who put together an invaluable historic document. This page is dedicated to him with admiration and respect.
Setauket NY USA
May 8, 2002
We, Bixophiles around the world, owe a great debt of gratitude to Bart for his essential participation in the revival of Jim Grover's radio program "BIX." Personally, I am indebted to Bart for patiently answering, always with great insight and knowledge, numerous questions about the music of the 1920s that I posed to him for more than a decade.
Rest in peace, friend Bart.
PS Please see Bart's obituary in
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