As far as many New Orleanians are concerned, there was no better player of a woodwind instrument than Pete Fountain.
The legendary musician died at 5:08 a.m. Saturday, his family said. He was 86.
"It’s a sad day for his family. And it’s sad to for all of New Orleans. Pete and his clarinet brought a lot of love and music to the world. He will greatly be missed.” Benny Harrell, Pete Fountain’s son-in-law and longtime manager said.I heard Pete play in New Orleans several times, and he influenced the New Orleans music scene in ways that it might take decades to fully appreciate.
Rest in Peace, Pete.