Lionel Ferbos In His Second Century

On July 17 Lionel Ferbos broke his own record as the world’s oldest working jazz musician. The New Orleans trumpeter is now 102. Ferbos celebrated by playing a gig at the Palm Court, where he has performed for a substantial number of his ten decades. This shot of Ferbos recently won Skip Bolen the Jazz Journalists Association’s photo of the year award.


Associated Press writer Stacy Plaisance’s birthday article about Ferbos (pronounced Fair-boh) quotes him on his longevity.

“Isn’t that something?” he said. “But you know I never dreamed of that. I figured if I could go to about 50 I’d be doing good.”

To read all of Plaisance’s story, go here. For a Rifftides post about Ferbos when he was a mere 99, with a video that ends with his good advice, go here.

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  1. Valerie Bishop says

    Totally amazing and uplifting, and he still looks good!! Fabulous photograph that deserved to win.

  2. says

    And all that without the internet.

    Chapeau, and belated Happy 102nd Anniversary to Monsieur Ferbos from a trumpet colleague! Maybe I’ve seen him blowing the bugle 10 years ago? I can’t remember, ’cause it was very dusky in New Orleans’ Preservation Hall.

    • Doug Ramsey says

      Hey! yourself. I do use Twitter, but sparingly, which, I understand, is not the idea. The Twitter address, hashtag, or whatever it’s called, is @Rifftides