A little over a year ago, The Jazz Clarinet began a campaign to get Pete Fountain elected to the DownBeat Hall of Fame. At the time, Pete was so overlooked that his name wasn't even on the ballot.
Thanks to many readers of this blog, and the many write-in votes generated last year, a great jazz clarinetist is no longer relegated to write-in status: this year's DB ballot includes Pete Fountain.
Those interested in exploring the importance of Pete's work are encouraged to search The Jazz Clarinet--there are several posts that will help the uninitiated gain a better appreciation.
Those who already know of Pete Fountain's artistry can head to the DownBeat page and vote!
Now if we could only get some of his classic LPs released again...