- Scott Yanow
was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. His parents were Lionel Ferbos, Sr. and Rosita “Rose” Ferbos, and his sister was Olga Angelety. He suffered from asthma when he was young and, despite his desire, his parents would not let him play a wind instrument. However when he was fifteen, after seeing Phil Spitalny’s orchestra, which was comprised of women, he argued successfully that if girls could play a horn, so could he.
After purchasing a cornet from a pawn shop on Rampart Street, Ferbos took lessons from Professor Paul Chaligny. He learned how to read music along with gaining a working knowledge of theory. After a year of intense study he began studying with two active New Orleans musicians, Albert Snaer and Eugene Ware.
Ferbos started playing professionally in the early 1930s, including with the Starlight Serenaders and the Moonlight Serenaders, working throughout New Orleans. In 1932 he became ...