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Old standards greet fans on Jazz Fest's 2nd day


April 27. 2013 2:36PM
Associated Press

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(AP) At 101 years old, New Orleans jazz trumpeter Lionel Ferbos opened one of 12 stages on the second day of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.


Couples danced and some sang along to old jazz standards such as "Back Home In Indiana" and "I Can't Give You Anything but Love" on Saturday.


Ferbos is believed to be the oldest actively working musician in the city. He performs regularly at the Palm Court Jazz Club in the French Quarter.


"He epitomizes New Orleans," said New Orleans resident Medora Monigold, a Jazz Fest veteran and fan of Ferbos. "In a day where the elders are not respected, he reminds us that wisdom and talent can exist at any age."


Monigold enjoyed a plate of seafood casserole and fried green tomatoes as she tapped her foot to the music.


Other acts scheduled to perform Saturday include Billy Joel, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Jill Scott, Rebirth Brass Band, and jazz pianist Allen Toussaint.


Jazz Fest continues through Sunday and then resumes May 2-5. Festival-goers will be treated to traditional jazz, rock 'n roll, Cajun, gospel, blues, hip-hop, funk and zydeco.


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Associated Press writer Stacey Plaisance in New Orleans contributed to this report.


Associated Press


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