Classy Presents le Sonnet Parisien. Pete Fountain [BCI]. New Orleans Sound. New Orleans Jazz. Primary Artist, Clarinet, Sax Tenor. Stormy Weekend Jazz [Triple Disc]. Performer, Primary Artist. Louis Armstrong. Pete Fountain Presents the Best of Dixieland. Liner Notes, Primary Artist.
National Geographic: Destination New Orleans. Cool Jazz: The Coolest of the Cool. Big Band Blues. Primary Artist, Clarinet. Legends of Jazz, Vol. Jazz Greats [Madacy].
It Might as Well Be Swing. Dixieland Classics, Vol. Big Band Swing. Yule B Swingin'. Tradition Runs Deep. The Very Best of Pete Fountain. In Concert. Primary Artist, Arranger, Clarinet. Dixieland King. Smokin' Jazz [DCC]. New Orleans All Stars. Primary Artist, Main Personnel, Clarinet. I Got Rhythm. Basin Street Blues [Ranwood]. Smokin' Jazz [Sony]. Best Christmas Ever .
The Good Time Jazz Story. The Best of Dixieland [Universal]. Christmas in New Orleans. Primary Artist, Performer. A Touch of Class. Primary Artist, Clarinet, Composer. Sounds of New Orleans, Vol. Six Complete Circle Recordings. Basin Street Six. Pete Fountain at Piper's Opera House. Among Our Souvenirs. Guest Artist. Down on Rampart Street. Cheek to Cheek.
The Best of Louie Louie, Vol. Pete's Beat. Live at the Ryman. High Society. Primary Artist, Producer, Clarinet.
Goin' Back to New Orleans. Clarinet, Horn, Soloist. Dixieland: Live Performances in New Orleans. Christmas Is a Comin'. A Musical Anthology [Box]. Lawrence Welk. Something Misty. New Orleans, Tennessee. Primary Artist, Clarinet, Leader. The Creole Christmas.
The Best of Pete Fountain, Vols. Primary Artist, Arranger, Clarinet, Composer. Swingin' Blues. Primary Artist, Producer, Arranger, Clarinet. Basin Street Blues. Jazz LP. Fountain's Magical Licorice Stick. New Orleans. Fresh Blood. Steve Swindells. Direction, Management. Alive in New Orleans. Super Jazz 1. Performer, Composer, Primary Artist. Harpin' the Blues. Charlie McCoy.
Pete Fountain's Crescent City. Fountain returned to LP Orleans, played with the Dukes Basin Street Blues - Pete Fountain - Pete Fountains New Orleans (Vinyl Dixielandthen began leading bands under his own name. He owned his own club in the French Quarter in the s and s.
The New Orleans Jazz Club presented "Pete Fountain Day" on October 19,with celebrations honoring the pride of their city, concluding with a packed concert that evening. Fountain brought these same players together in when they played the Hollywood Bowl. Fountain opened his club, the French Quarter Inn, located in the heart of the famed French Quarter district, at Bourbon Streetin the spring of In no time at all, major entertainers found their way there.
Cliff Arquette and Jonathan Winters were there on opening night and performed their comedy routines. Many would perform with the band, and Brenda Lee 's sit-in resulted in a duet record album recorded by her and Pete. Benny Goodman came to the club twice, but without bringing his clarinet. His greatest friendly rivalry was with trumpeter Al Hirtwhose club was down the street from Fountain's. They stole musicians from each other, and sometimes came into each other's clubs and played Album).
They were good friends who came up together and later recorded several albums together. InFountain closed his club at the Hilton with a performance before a packed house filled with musical friends and fans. He began performing two nights a week at Casino Magic in Bay St.
Louis, Mississippiwhere he also had a home later destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Louis casino. It has since been renamed the Hollywood Casino. He performed his last show at Hollywood Casino on December 8, before returning to help reopen the resort inby which point he was mostly retired. Fountain was a founder and the most prominent member of the Half-Fast Walking Clubone of the best known freelance marching units that parade in New Orleans on Mardi Gras Day.
The original name was "The Half-Assed Walking Club," and it was an excuse to take a "lubricated" musical stroll down the parade route. Pete changed the name under pressure exerted by the parade organizers. Fountain's clarinet work was noted for his sweet fluid tone. He recorded over LPs and CDs under his own name, some in the Dixieland style, many others essentially instrumental pop records with only peripheral relevance to any type of jazz.
Nonetheless, in critic Doug Ramsey of Jazz Times magazine included Fountain on a list of underrated musicians, writing: "His ear for harmony and mastery of time are among the best-kept secrets in jazz because all these years he has chosen to stick with the repertoire and sidemen that make him comfortable. The distinctive Fountain sound — more woody than most — came from the crystal mouthpieces he played with since rather than the more common rubber mouthpieces.
His first crystal mouthpiece was actually Irving Fazola 's, given to Pete by Fazola's mother after Faz's death, because she had heard him play and noted how he played like her son. That mouthpiece was shattered on the bandstand one night when Pete had played his solo and was standing by as trumpeter George Girard played his [own solo], and Girard brought his trumpet down suddenly on top of the mouthpiece.
Pete kept the shattered mouthpiece, and played other crystal mouthpieces from then on. Fountain married Beverly Lang on October 27, ; they remained married for sixty-five years until his death. They have two sons and a daughter: Kevin, LP, Jeffrey, and Dahra. Fountain died of heart failure in his home town on August 6,at the age of eighty-six. He had suffered from heart problems and was in hospice care when he died. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Pete Fountain. Retrieved August 16, Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 3,
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