It was a heady time of life and Pete Fountain was savoring every moment. They were playing the El Morocco on the street. It was there he met Beverly. She had decided very young to marry a musician and Pete had decided very young to be a musician. Until Jazz, in its own birthplace New Orleans, was definitely asleep. He gave up music. He had no choice. With a wife and three small children to support, music was a luxury he could not afford.
All he really wanted to do was play music. All he needed was a band, a bandstand and a place to play. In , Lawrence Welk, host of the nation's most popular television program, wanted Pete on the show, and that kind of opportunity only comes once in a lifetime.
For two years, Pete was the most famous Jazz musician on television. Pete Fountain became a household name and New Orleans Jazz made a comeback that has never faded. After two years in California, Pete came home to New Orleans.
He had learned what every New Orleanian has to accept as a fact of life. The cuisine, the sights and the sounds. Pete immediately opened his own jazz club in the heart of the French Quarter. His national fame and fans followed him to New Orleans which allowed Pete's club to expand, through the past 34 years, into the largest jazz club in the city. Pete has always been considered an ambassador of New Orleans Jazz as he performs his music on guest appearances on network television and specials.
Pete has performed at four U. State Dinners by command performance for four Presidents of the United States. Winter Weather - Jo Stafford 4. Christmas Waltz - Pat Boone 6. Christmas Song - Tex Beneke 2. Toyland - Doris Day 3. Jingle Bell Rock - Pete Fountain 4. Christmas Is - Bing Crosby 5. Let It Snow - Andy Williams 7. CD Listing 1. White Christmas - Allen Toussaint 2. Jingle Bell Rock - Frankie Ford 4. Merry Christmas Baby - Doctor John 8. Christmas Song, The - Aaron Neville O Holy Night - Irma Thomas.
Liner Notes:. Various artist compilation of New Orleans musicians. Side A 1. Cabaret - Dukes of Dixieland 4. Cotton Fields - Paul Guma Quartet 4. Without a Song - Dick Stabile and Orchestra 5. Java - Al Hirt and Orchestra 6. It isn't for sale. It's a gift from the State of Louisiana, a special gift of New Orleans music.
New Orleans music is an art derived from European classical and folk music, African chants, country blues, work songs, jazz and a modernization of all of these in today's Crescent City sound. It's a sound heard all around town - Bourbon Street, Uptown, Downtown - from the old sections to the suburbs, and beyond. But however New Orleans music changes, it always provides pleasure.
And for pleasure, we offer this disc for your very own. Louis Cottrell, Jr. He performs with his old-timers at Heritage Hall on Bourbon Street, while Blanche Thomas belts out her own brand of blues and "soul. Now appearing at the French Quarter's Famous Door. Campo is a trumpet virtuoso, singer and composer. Performance courtesy of Spark Records, K , Frank Assunto, his brothers and associates still carry on hometown traditions with a hometown sound.
The Dukes have made it big in Las Vegas and just about everywhere. Now they're home playing at Dukes' Place at the Monteleone Hotel. Performance courtesy of Decca Records. DL , Your Father's Moustache Orchestra, "Ragtime Gal" Nostalgic turn-of-the-century and roaring twenties sounds spill through the jazzy precincts of Bourbon Street when the enthusiastic young musicians of Your Father's Moustache make music with banjos, tuba and slide trombone while the visiting firemen sing along just for kicks.
Hug's only eccentricity is a refusal to leave New Orleans even for money. Today he spellbinds audiences at the Royal Orleans Hotel. Performance courtesy of Gold Crest Label. An authority on New Orleans jazz, he worked as historian for the Jazz Museum. Ronnie Kole, "R. There Al Hirt persuaded him to head New Orleans way. His style, according to Kole, is not Dixieland, progressive or even jazz.
Just cool and classical. Their trombone togetherness also extends to the New Orleans Summer Pops, as well as many dance bands and jazz clubs. Performance courtesy of Dover Record, Inc. Known 'round the country as former guitarist with Pete Fountain, Paul formed his own group and is now entertaining in Florida. Performance courtesy of Top of the Mart. He's appeared in virtually every major hotel and has logged thousands of broadcast hours. Today he plays to happy audiences in the "Blue Room" of the Roosevelt Hotel.
Performance courtesy of King Records, KS Al Hirt, "Java" "Gabriel of the South," big Al and orchestra rate as one of showbiz's hottest musical groups. A "red-beans-and rice" Orleanian, Al started to climb with a scholarship to the Cincinnati Conservatory. He's wowed audiences at Carnegie Hall as well as in feature movies and recordings. Pete made his first pro date at age 18, filling in for Irving Fazola. An incurable Orleanian, Pete has rooted himself here - except for recording dates, short tours and TV appearances.
Good Time Louisiana is a unique combination of just about everything you could want to enjoy. Would you like your vacation to have an exotic flavor? Well, 10 flags have flown over Louisiana, and the state still exhibits exciting and unusual influences from its past. Take the Evangeline Country, where the Acadians, exiled from Canada, settled.
Their descendants, affectionately called "Cajuns," still speak a patois based on 18th century French as frequently as English. The enchanting past is all around you in Louisiana. You can see Indian mounds Civil War forts and battlefields.
It's a sight-seer's dream. Louisiana is a Sportsman's Paradise, too. Whatever your sport - unless snow is involved - you will enjoy it here as never before. There is year-round golf, tennis, fishing and water sports of every description. Horse racing has been popular since the days when plantation owners staked fortunes on the prides of their stables. And there are unusual native sports as well, such as the pirogue races in slim craft invented by the Indians.
Of course, the Mid-Winter Sports Carnival, with its complete program of amateur athletics, is famous throughout the nation. Regional cooking at its most unusual and best is what you'll find in Louisiana. The Creole cuisine originated from the classic French - spiced with Spanish flavoring, Indian herbs, and an African exoticism.
All this art was used on the native produce such as magnificent seafood and shellfish Creole cooking is found, for the most part, in the southern part of the state, but wherever you go in Louisiana - whether it's a world famous restaurant or a little out-of-the-way cafe offering the specialities of that particular region - you can eat beautifully.
Louisianians are a festival minded people, and you'll find celebrations throughout the year. Of course, Mardi Gras is the most famous event as far as the rest of the world is concerned. But in a typical year there are almost a hundred fairs and festivals throughout the state from Spring Fiesta, a recreation of ante-bellum days, to Holiday in Dixie Tarpon Rodeo in Grand Isle Disc 1 1.
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We can collect - click here. Certificate Of Authenticity upon purchase. Side One 1. It was a little added extra lagniappe that audiences liked and it added another solo voice to the traditional six piece band. Sharkey Bonano always felt he played best when Monk was backing him. He was virtually the "house" drummer of Joe Mares' Southland record label, with roots that went back to the great jazz players and New Orleans bands of the '20s, Hazel was truly a musicians' drummer.
Monk has a friendly, pleasant attitude and personality - he was cooperative on the bandstand - and he was well - liked by his cohorts. Monk had a tendency to imbibe spirits more than most and there were scores of stories related among musicians of his antics while under the influence.
Funny though they were, few would bear repeating in print. Unfortunately Monk's thirst habits contributed to his failing health. He had been playing with Sharkey Bonano at the Famous Door on Bourbon Street when he fell ill and the benefit followed shortly after that. Fortunately he recovered and resumed playing until his death in April, Mares acted as Master of Ceremonies.
A copy of the ticket to the concert is illustrated on the back cover of this CD. It would take an involved listing of players to identify each player on each tune but, as announced, the concert kicked off at in the evening with Tony Almerico t , Pete Fountain cl , Jack Delaney tb , Roy Zimmerman p , Joe Loyacano b , and Johnny Castaing d. As the concert proceeded other players would replace the starters. As the concert progressed, Johnny Edwards replaced Castaing on drums.
This concert gives an exciting sample of the great jazz being played in New Orleans in the s. This was about the same period when Eddie Condon and his cohorts were dominating the scene in New York and most of the country.
Although it might be tempting to make comparisons between them and the New Orleans players, it would have to be too subjective to have any value. Both groups contained most of the best dixieland players of the time and all were sincere in what they were doing - yet there were differences that reflected backgrounds and experience that made subtle changes in their approach to the music.
Listening to the jazz players in this concert will illustrate the talent and enthusiasm and excitement New Orleans jazz men projected - especially when they were playing for one of their own.
Parisian Room, Royal St. Side One 1. China Boy Go Sleep 2. Sweethearts On Parade 3. Blue Moods 4. Should I 5. Pete's Tail-Fly 6. San Antonio Rose Side Two 1. Barnyard Blues 2.
Tea 'n Trumpets 5. Thou Swell 6. Those are legendary names, a roll-card of the giants of Dixieland jazz, and they're all here on this album which has become a classic of its kind - and the personal favorite of Lawrence Welk. The incomparable Mr. Fountain, who played clarinet for the Welk band before opening his own jazz club in New Orleans, is backed by equally superlative musicians: Nick Fatool , on drums, often called "the human metronome" by his fellow musicians; Phil "The Chief" Stephens on bass, and Stan Wrightsman on piano.
And of course, Clyde Hurley was one of the all-time greats on jazz trumpet. He was featured with the famed Glenn Miller band for years. This is a record that explodes with an exciting, irresistible, driving, purely joyous Dixieland beat that makes you want to grab a horn and join in! Lawrence Welk loves it.
It's the first record he plays for visitors to his office, and when the strains of "China Boy" - his particular favorite - fill the room, Lawrence is, as he says, in heaven.
His eyes sparkle, his toes tap, he beams widely as he bounces around in his chair, totally unable to sit still. And there I'd be till two, three or four o'clock in the morning. However, I recognized a long time ago that we jazz lovers are somewhat in the minority, and if my band and I wanted to eat, then we'd better play the music most people like! So you might say that all these years I've been playing popular music for my tummy - and Dixieland for my soul.
Bernice McGeehan. Peter Dewey Fountain, Jr. He was a skinny kid who spent too much time hanging around the front stoop of the Top Hat Dance Hall near his home. But, oh the sounds! This was music straight from the soul. Sounds that would never be written in stone, that would always be brand new because they were purely personal. Pete heard all the greats in New Orleans and he knew he wanted to play Jazz. Those who are students or fans of Pete Fountain's playing will undoubtedly know other versions of every tune, perhaps even preferring different takes.
Maybe the unbridled creativity of Pete's playing of 'Tin Roof Blues' live in Santa Monica two years later strikes some listeners as his best, or various versions of 'The Saints. Here, with simplicity, beauty and significant flashes of that fire he was known for, Pete gave a unified vision of his own style.
It reminds me of another album from the same era: Sonny Rollins's Saxophone Colossus. Both albums are summas of a sort, while simultaneously a fresh start--pivot chords in both men's careers. The albums have a perfection of balance that seem to pull the listener through--once started, you can't help but listen to the entire thing, in one refreshing session.
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