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Jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos dies

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Posted: Jul 19, 2014 10:37 AM
Updated: Jul 19, 2014 10:37 AM
Source: Associated Press

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Centenarian jazz musician Lionel Ferbos has died at his home in New Orleans. He was 103.

Family friend Regina Dillings says the trumpeter died Saturday morning surrounded by friends and family.

Ferbos performed all over New Orleans and its suburbs for decades. His ability to read music made him an in-demand musician for gigs that took him to parks, schools, churches, dance halls and even prisons. He also performed at his 102nd birthday party and at every New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival until this past year.

Ferbos performed regularly at the Palm Court Jazz Cafe in the French Quarter and at every New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival since the event's inception in 1970.

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