LSM Jazz Curator David Kunian
Pete Fountain: A New Orleans Icon’s Life Half Fast
Pierre Dewey Fountain, Jr. was born in New Orleans in 1930 (1930-2016) and become one of the most influential musicians to emerge from New Orleans. Fountain began playing clarinet at Esplanade Avenue’s McDonough 28 and by his early teens he was playing gigs on Bourbon Street. Later joining the Lawrence Welk Show band and then opening multiple clubs around New Orleans (on Bourbon Street and in the Hilton Riverside Hotel), Fountain recorded over 100 albums, was showcased on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson 56 times and performed at every Jazz Fest from 1970 until 2014. Along with his fellow music club owner and long-time friend Al Hirt, they were the key influencers of the Traditional New Orleans Jazz Revival of the 1970s and 80s.
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