Lionel Ferbos, city's oldest active musician, turns 102 today | WWL

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How many 102-year-olds will celebrate their birthday by picking up a trumpet and performing at their own party?  You can expect Lionel Ferbos, New Orleans’ oldest active musician, to do just that tonight, as he celebrates with family and friends.

Ferbos turns 102 on Wednesday, and remains a living legend of New Orleans jazz – still performing regularly at the Palm Court Jazz Café on Decatur Street, where he’ll celebrate his birthday with a special party.  Though he has had some recent minor health issues, he is still performing, and friends expect him to do that, at least for a few songs, tonight.

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