Lionel Ferbos, the city’s oldest jazz musician who died this month at 103, will be honored at Satchmo SummerFest, which runs Friday to Sunday.
The festival will note the trumpeter’s death with photo tributes at outside stages and inside the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint.
Musician Leroy Jones will pay tribute to Ferbos during his set, and Lars Edegran and the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, a group Ferbos was a member of since 1970, will also dedicate its performance to him.
“He enjoyed playing intricate ragtime tunes like Scott Joplin’s ‘New Rag,’ ‘Rose Leaf Rag,’ ‘The Entertainer,’ tunes that required good reading skills,” Edegran said. “Some of his favorite vocals were ‘Creole Belles,’ ‘Kiss Me Sweet,’ ‘If I Could Be with You’ and ‘Beautiful Doll.’
“His trumpet style was perfectly suited for playing ragtime music,” Edegran added. “He was very accurate at reading the parts but he also gave it a certain New Orleans flavor just as he did with his vocals. He will be sorely missed not only as a musician but also as a very good friend.”
The festival will close Sunday with a trumpet tribute to both Ferbos and Louis Armstrong, led by Kermit Ruffins.
Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home will hold a wake for Ferbos from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, followed by visitation from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday at Corpus Christi Epiphany Catholic Church.
Ferbos regularly performed at Satchmo SummerFest and its sister event, the French Quarter Festival. He canceled his 2014 French Quarter Festival performance due to health issues.