[JPL] Pete Fountain at home, hoping to make Jazz Fest
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Thu Apr 6 17:38:02 EDT 2006
Pete Fountain at home, hoping to make Jazz Fest
NEW ORLEANS Jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain, hospitalized last month for
quadruple bypass heart surgery, is back home in his native New Orleans.
Fountain's agent, Benny Harrell, says Fountain is doing great, watching his
diet and listening to his doctor.
The 75-year-old Fountain hadn't been feeling well since Mardi Gras. His
Half Fast Marching Club made its trek down St. Charles Avenue without him
on Fat Tuesday for the first time in 46 years.
Fountain lost his one-point-five (m) million dollar house in Bay St. Louis,
Mississippi, as well as his gold records, memorabilia and ten instruments
to Hurricane Katrina. He's now back in his home in New Orleans, which
suffered minor damage after the storm.
Harrell says Fountain really wants to play at this year's Jazz and Heritage
Festival, which will be held the last weekend of April and the first
weekend of May. Doctors told him to start playing some and they'd see how
Fountain is scheduled to close out the festival on May 7th.
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