[JPL] Pete Fountain at home, hoping to make Jazz Fest

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
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 
it goes.

Fountain is scheduled to close out the festival on May 7th.

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