Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lionel Ferbos dies at 103

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Lionel Ferbos performs at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. - AL KENNEDY
  • AL KENNEDY
  • Lionel Ferbos performs at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Lionel Ferbos, a trumpeter and New Orleans' oldest performing musician, died this morning, according to a report by WWL.

Ferbos just marked his 103 birthday July 17. Ferbos was a traditional jazz stalwart, performing regularly for decades at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe.

Ferbos began playing music in the 1920s. He suffered from asthma and his parents discouraged him from playing at first. After Ferbos saw an all-female orchestra perform, he decided he could play as well. In the 1930s he started playing professionally. Ferbos maintained day jobs, and for a period focused on his family's sheet metal business. In his later years, he performed regularly at the Palm Court and festivals.

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