The Fountain Restaurant


The Fountain Story

It all started about 1970 when John Romano, an old RJB fan from back in the late 50’s, hired Rich Skrika to play piano at the Fountain Restaurant Thursday nights. I knew Rich from a few prior years and went there to sit in with him. To my surprise John was the owner. The place was small and although John really wanted The Riverboat Jazz Band, the price would be prohibitive. So we dropped the subject.

A short time later John and I got to tumbling things around, and in January of 1971 we decided to make an effort to get us a home stand. Ever since Dales in 1957 - 62, there was never a real RJB steady gig.  We went to work on the second weekend of the month for a trial.  Luck was with us and after a few months we began to draw crowds.

John was a great friendly practical joker we all enjoyed, and after one  night of hot jazz and extended laughter, John went home to his wife Bonnie & said; “I had such a great time with those guys tonight, I want you to know; if something ever happens to me and you keep the Fountain, I want those guys to always have their job.”  Three months later, in March 1976, John dropped dead of a massive heart seizure.  We gave him a New Orleans funeral complete with jazz band. Bonnie & Pete Benedetti still own the place! Guess what? We’ve just celebrated 40 years at the the Fountain....! Definitely a monumental commitment........   Amen.

We play there Saturday, on the second weekend of every month.  You can always phone to be sure and reserve a table, at this highly rated Italian - American Restaurant. Jazz begins 9PM.


The Fountain Restaurant

• Italian American Cuisine 

• Pizza • Spirits

283 New Scotland Ave.

Albany, NY 12208


Home of Skip Parsons’

Riverboat Jazz Band

since 1971

To Call The Fountain



To call Skip;.

(518) 768-2231

Please Join Us  On the.......

second Saturday of every month 9:00 pm to 12 Midnight when Skip Parsons’ Riverboat Jazz Band plays early style New Orleans and Chicago jazz at the Fountain Restaurant, 283 New Scotland Ave, Albany NY.  Enjoy great Italian/American cuisine, Pizza and all that jazz. Our home since 1971...!  Reserve if you wish by calling (518) 482-9898. Now see us on

Jazz Band Dates for 2018

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March     April 

May    June 

July  August 

September  October 13

November 10   December  8