Funeral services will be held Aug. 1 and 2 for jazz musician Lionel Ferbos, the New Orleans trumpeter and singer who died July 19 at 103.
Born in the 7th Ward in 1911, Ferbos was a living link to New Orleans music reaching back several decades.
Public viewing will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip St. Musical and family tributes will begin at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Aug. 2, visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi-Epiphany Catholic Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave., the church where Ferbos was baptized and married. Musical and family tributes also are scheduled for that morning.
A Mass conducted by Archbishop Gregory Aymond and the Rev. Roderick J.D. Coates will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Deacon John Moore, Michael White and Irvin Mayfield are among the musicians who will participate in the service. Ferbos’ great-granddaughter, Leah Labat, will recite a tribute she wrote in his honor. More musical performers will be announced.
Following the funeral service, a horse-drawn carriage and second-line procession featuring the Treme Brass Band and the Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club will proceed to Mount Olivet Cemetery, 4000 Norman Mayer Ave.
Ferbos died two days after he celebrated his 103rd birthday with family and friends at the Palm Court Jazz Café. He had performed weekly engagements at the Palm Court for more than 20 years. He also was a regular performer at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the French Quarter Festival and Satchmo Summer Fest.
Ferbos worked as a professional musician for most of the 20th century and well into the 21st century. He first performed as a teenager in the 1930s. The jazz bands he worked with appeared at venues such as the Pythian Roof Garden, Pelican Club, San Jacinto Hall, Autocrat Club, Southern Yacht Club and New Orleans Country Club.
Also in the 1930s, Ferbos toured the Gulf Coast with Captain John Handy’s Louisiana Shakers and, while a member of Fats Pichon’s band, backed blues star Mamie Smith.
Although Ferbos, like many New Orleans musicians, preferred staying close to home, he toured Europe numerous times with the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, the traditional jazz group he founded in 1967 with multi-instrumentalist Lars Edegran.
Ferbos and the Ragtime Orchestra are featured on the soundtrack of Louis Malle’s 1978 New Orleans-set film “Pretty Baby.” They also recorded albums for the late George Buck’s GHB label, including 1979’s “Grace and Beauty” and 1994’s “Creole Belles.”