Old standards greet fans at jazz festival
April 28, 2013 3:40 AM

NEW ORLEANS — 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.”

On one of the bigger stages, the brass band Bonerama jammed before a crowd of thousands under sunny skies and a gentle breeze that broke through the warm temperatures.

“The sky is smiling upon us,” said Quint Davis, the festival’s producer. “We do it rain or shine, but we reach the spirit in zenith when in the sunshine.”

Davis said Friday’s opening day saw bigger crowds than last year.

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

Jazz Fest continues today 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.

Second-weekend headliners include Hall and Oates, Fleetwood Mac, Little Big Town, Aaron Neville and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews.

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NEW YORK — A year after leaving “Saturday Night Live,” Kristen Wiig is coming back to host the show.

NBC announced Friday that Wiig will host the May 11 episode.

For six seasons, Wiig was one of the most popular cast members on the show before exiting in an emotional send-off last May.

Vampire Weekend will perform as musical guest.

The network also announced that the season finale on May 18 will be hosted by Ben Affleck, with Kanye West as the musical guest. It’s Affleck’s fifth stint as host.

“Saturday Night Live” returns May 4 with Zach Galifianakis hosting.

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LOS ANGELES — CBS says it’s bringing “Two and a Half Men” back next season.

The network announced the decision Friday on Twitter. It didn’t address whether the full cast would return.

The series stars Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones as Cryer’s son.

Jones’ character is serving in the Army this season and has been somewhat less visible on “Two and a Half Men.”

In January, the 19-year-old actor apologized to CBS after calling the popular sitcom “filth” and “very inappropriate.”

CBS declined comment on Jones’ future with the sitcom, now in its 10th season.

“Two and a Half Men” has dealt with cast changes before, when Kutcher came aboard in 2011 after Charlie Sheen’s firing.

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NEW ORLEANS — Actor John Larroquette will receive an honorary degree and conservationist Marcus Eriksen will serve as commencement speaker at the University of New Orleans’ graduation ceremony on May 17.

Larroquette is a New Orleans native who won four Emmy Awards for his role on the television comedy series “Night Court” and has appeared on stage and in films. He has a recurring role on the NBC series “Deception.” He won a Tony Award in 2011 for his role in the revival of “How to Succeed in Show Business Without Really Trying.”

Eriksen, a Metairie native, is executive director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute, which focuses on marine conservation. The graduation ceremonies are scheduled for 7 p.m. at the UNO Lakefront Arena.

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