NEW ORLEANS -This weekend's Satchmo SummerFest will honor the life and legacy of trumpeter and festival fixture Lionel Ferbos, who died July 19, with special musical and photo tributes, organizers said Monday.
Ferbos performed regularly at the festival, which annually honors the life and musical impact of Louis Armstrong, who was born just 10 years before Ferbos. Ferbos died just two days after celebrating his 103rd birthday on July 17.
Festival organizers will honor Ferbos with a photo tribute on both outside stages at the Old U.S. Mint and at the Satchmo Seminars inside the building.
In addition, trumpeter Leroy Jones will pay tribute to Ferbos during his Friday 6:45 p.m. set.
The New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, of which Ferbos was a member since 1970, will dedicate their Saturday performance to Ferbos by playing some of his favorite songs. That performance is at noon on the Chevron Red Beans and Ricely Yours stage, located near Barracks Street and co-sponsored by Channel 4.
On Sunday, the festival will close with a trumpet tribute to Louis Armstrong and Ferbos, led by Kermit Ruffins, at 7:30 p.m. also on the Chevron/WWL-TV stage.
Ferbos, considered the city's oldest performing jazz musician, last performed at the Satchmo SummerFest in 2013. He had to cancel his 2014 appearance at French Quarter Festival, which is produced by the same organization, due to health issues.
Funeral services for Ferbos, including a jazz funeral, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Charbonnet Labat Funeral Home, 1615 St. Philip Street, will host a wake on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Aug. 2, with family and music tributes at 9 a.m. and Mass at 10:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi Epiphany Catholic Church, 2022 St. Bernard Ave. Archbishop Gregory Aymond will celebrate the Mass. A traditional jazz funeral will follow.