THE ICON: Dave Bartholomew
THE LEGACY: For much of its 300-year history, music has thrummed steadily through the streets of the Crescent City. Dave Bartholomew has been around long enough to witness almost a third of that. What’s more, he went on to make his own significant contributions to the city’s rich musical tapestry, most notably as an architect of the so-called “New Orleans sound.” A bandleader and trumpet player with a noteworthy playing and recording career of his own, Bartholomew introduced a young Fats Domino to Lew Chudd of Imperial Records in 1949. From there, Bartholomew helped co-write and produce Domino’s biggest hits, exporting New Orleans’ brand of boogie-woogie funk to the world. They loved it — and American music hasn’t been the same since.
THE ARTIST: Jeff Morgan, WhereYart.net
THE INSPIRATION: “What he wanted done, he wanted done the way he wanted it done, the way it was supposed to be. I liked what he was doing. … If I heard one note, Dave’ll put three where they’d fit. He’d put 10 of them — they’re still going to fit. I don’t know how he got them in there, but he got them in there.” — Fats Domino, on Dave Bartholomew, in a 1999 interview with The Times-Picayune