Jazz Musician Lionel Ferbos Dies At 103

Jul 21, 2014

Lionel Ferbos, performing at the Satchmo Summerfest in 2010.
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New Orleans has lost one of its oldest jazz musicians. Lionel Ferbos passed away Saturday — two days after he turned 103 years old.

Lionel Ferbos began his music career during the Great Depression.

He played trumpet in the Works Progress Administration jazz band. He continued performing until earlier this year.

Ferbos was able to attend his 103rd birthday party at the Palm Court Jazz Café in the French Quarter, where he performed for more than 20 years. At that party, birthday wishes were sent by President Obama and the First Lady.

He was known to advise younger musicians to “practice, practice, practice.” He died at his New Orleans home surrounded by friends and family.