Grammy Award-winning composer and trumpeter, has been awarded the Grand Prix du Disque in the jazz category for his CD Choices. The honor is considered the premier French award for musical recordings, and Blanchard now has won two. Claude Carriere from the French Academie Charles Cros, which selects the winners, presented the award to Blanchard on Jan. 26, and Blanchard's students from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at Loyola University performed.
the local supermarket chain, delivered two truckloads of nonperishable food items to the Second Harvest Food Bank, a nonprofit that distributes food to the needy. Rouses' customers can donate in several ways, including purchasing pre-packaged brown paper bags filled with food staples like rice and beans, canned tuna and pasta that will be donated. Over the past year, Rouses and its customers have raised more than $337,500 in food and donations for the food bank.
Louisiana Public Broadcasting and WLAE-TV
were honored by the National Educational Telecommunications Association for their co-production of the documentary, Fats Domino: Walking Back to New Orleans. The film tells the story of the New Orleans icon, who has sold more than 60 million records throughout his career, and his return to the city after the levee failures. The production also features Domino performing at Tipitina's. The documentary won for best historical production.
a former Phoenix Suns player, wrote an Internet article on the site FlipCollective.com Jan. 26 in which he boasted "I haven't donated to the Haitian relief effort for the same reason that I don't give money to homeless men on the street." He also told Haitians "Kudos on developing the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere" and asked if "some of you [could] use a condom once in a while." Shirley added Hurricane Katrina victims deserved the same and called New Orleans "a doomed city." Shirley, a part-time contributor to ESPN, was subsequently fired by the sports network.