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Jazz legend Pete Fountain dies at 86

Jazz legend Pete Fountain dies at 86.

  • Fountain died at 5:08 a.m. Saturday in New Orleans, a statement from his family said.
  • Fountain battled health problems in recent years, including heart surgery and a stroke, and retired from performing in April 2014.
  • I went to the Conservatory of Bourbon Street for many years,” Fountain often joked.
  • Fountain later teamed up with the Dukes of Dixieland before television brought his talents to an even larger audience.
  • Dennis Woltering looks back on the career of legendary musician Pete Fountain.

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Pete Fountain, the famed New Orleans jazz clarinetist whose 60-year career was marked by performances for presidents and a pope, making him an international ambassador for the music and culture of his hometown, has died. He was 86.


Jazz legend Pete Fountain dies at 86