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SHOTLIST:

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New Orleans, July 17, 2013

1. Close up of face of Lionel Ferbos playing trumpet

2. Wide view of Ferbos and jazz band musicians

3. Audience dancing between tables

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4. Still photographic image of the WPA band in New Orleans

5. Still photographic image of Ferbos in uniform with band

6. Still photographic image of Ferbos playing in the 1990s

New Orleans, July 17, 2013

7. Ferbos and jazz band musicians playing

New Orleans, July 10, 2013

8. SOUNDBITE: Al Kennedy, Jazz historian and Ferbos friend:

"You know, to us, when we hear it, we think, that's a long time. But when you talk to Lionel you realize how quick a life goes."

New Orleans, July 17, 2013

9. Lionel Ferbos singing

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10. Lionel Ferbos with his son, Lionel Ferbos, Jr.

11. Lionel Ferbos and his wife Marguerite

New Orleans, July 10, 2013

12. UPSOUND: Lionel Ferbos, Creole Jazz Trumpeter:

"Steady. (thumb up) OK, Happy Birthday, then."

New Orleans, July 17, 2013

13. UPSOUND: Al Kennedy, Jazz historian and Ferbos Friend:

"He is somebody that younger musicians should know about from the way he shows up, the way he is dressed, the way he cares for his horn. The way he plays his horn, the way his word is good.

New Orleans, July 10, 2013

14. Lionel Ferbos on stage as musicians wish him a Happy Birthday

15. Young girl blowing out candles on cake

STORYLINE:

THE FINGERS HAVE GOTTEN OLDER... THE CROWDS YOUNGER...

THE VOICE A LITTLE SOFTER....

BUT THE MUSIC STILL JUST AS SWEET NEAR BOURBON STREET.

A FULL HOUSE... FOR THE MAN IN THE CENTER... LIONEL FERBOS...

BELIEVED TO BE THE OLDEST WORKING MUSICIAN IN NEW ORLEANS.

(NATS music)

SOUNDBITE: Al Kennedy, Historian and Longtime Friend:

"He is somebody that younger musicians should know about, from the way he shows up, the way he is dressed, the way he cares for his horn, the way he plays his horn, the way his word is good.

FERBOS BOUGHT HIS FIRST CORNET AT A PAWN SHOP AT 15.

NOW, HE'S THE LAST LIVING MEMBER OF A BAND FORMED DURING THE DEPRESSION.

SOUNDBITE: Al Kennedy, Jazz historian and Ferbos friend:

"You know, to us, when we hear it, we think, that's a long time. But when you talk to Lionel you realize how quick a life goes."

BUT THE LONGEVITY HAS COME AT A PRICE, FERBOS HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED REPEATEDLY.

HE HAD TO START OVER AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA.

THE MOST DEVASTATING LOSS..... THE DEATHS OF HIS SON AND MARGARITE, HIS WIFE OF 75 YEARS.

UPSOUND: Lionel Ferbos, Creole Jazz Trumpeter:

"Steady. (thumb up) OK, Happy Birthday, then."

UPSOUND: Al Kennedy, Jazz historian and Ferbos Friend:

"He is somebody that younger musicians should know about from the way he shows up, the way he is dressed, the way he cares for his horn. The way he plays his horn, the way his word is good.

LIONEL FERBOS... NOW 102 YEARS-OLD.. AND STILL HUMBLE TO BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT.

(applause)

Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press

 

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