After 43 years, jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain is bowing out of the New Orleans nightclub business.
Fountain opened his first New Orleans club on Bourbon Street in 1960, but has been playing the last 26 years at the Hilton Riverside club, where he held his finale Friday before 400 mostly invited family and friends.
Fountain, 72, said the time was right to move on, noting the tourist business has been down since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"I needed a change," Fountain said. "I didn't want it, but I needed it."