NEWORLEANS-- One of the American Songbook's greatest clarinetists and a musical icon, Pete Fountain, has retired from performing.

His son-in-law and longtime manager, Benny Harrell, said Thursday night that Fountain, who is 83 years old, is in good health but just feels it's time to retire.

Fountain's last performance was almost a year ago at last year's Jazz Fest, and this year's fest will be one of the few in which he will not perform.

This past Mardi Gras, Fountain rode on a float with his Half-Fast Walking Club but did not perform.

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