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Lionel Ferbos, at 103 the Oldest Jazz Musician, Has Died

New Orleans trumpeter was still working until last year

Lionel Ferbos
Lionel Ferbos

Lionel Ferbos, believed to be the country’s oldest working jazz musician, has died at age 103, according to published reports. The New Orleans trumpeter passed away July 19 at his home in that city’s French Quarter; the cause of death was not announced.

Ferbos, who was born July 17, 1911, performed at his own 102nd birthday party and at every New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, finally giving up last year when he became too weak to hold his trumpet. During his career he performed not only at dance halls and clubs but in parks, prisons, schools and elsewhere.

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