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Aug 2, 2014 12:53 PM by AP

Funeral Saturday for 103-year-old jazz trumpeter

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans is saying good-bye to jazzman Lionel Ferbos with a jazz funeral, including a traditional second-line parade.

The 103-year-old trumpeter died July 19. He had been the city's oldest active jazz musician, playing gigs after his hundredth birthday.

His funeral Saturday morning comes as the Satchmo Summerfest music festival celebrates the legacy of another New Orleans trumpeter, Louis Armstrong. Festival organizers plan photo tributes to Ferbos at stages and seminar areas.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond will celebrate the Mass at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Local musicians will play.

After the Mass, the Treme Brass Band will lead a parade in the neighborhood. Jazz funeral bands first play a slow hymn, then swing into upbeat tunes to celebrate a musician's life. Mourners and others step out after the band.

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