Allen Toussaint, Terence Blanchard, the Hot 8 Brass Band, Andrew Duhon, Bishop Paul S. Morton and PJ Morton were nominated for 2014 Grammy Awards Dec. 6. Toussaint received two nominations — Best Americana Album for Songbook and Best American Roots Song for "Shrimp Po-Boy, Dressed." The 2014 Grammy Awards broadcast is 7 p.m. Jan. 26 on CBS.
was named Chef of the Year by the New Orleans chapter of the American Culinary Federation. Fredricks is a professor at the University of New Orleans' Lester E. Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration. The award recognizes chefs who work with programs benefiting the city's culinary arts.
announced Dec. 2 that it will award 127 instruments, valued at nearly $200,000, to eight New Orleans area schools: Cohen College Prep High School, Eleanor McMain Secondary School, Lake Area New Tech Early College High School, Martin Behrman Charter School, McDonogh 35 High School, Mildred Osborne Charter School, Sophie B. Wright Charter School and West Jefferson High School. The donation is part of the foundation's ongoing Instruments A Comin' program.
the former head of the Orleans Parish Criminal Court's community service office, pleaded guilty Nov. 25 to taking $600 in bribes to alter the record of a criminal defendant. Johnson offered to "fix" the court records for an acquaintance to show he had performed community service for a crack cocaine conviction. Johnson received a two-year suspended sentence and an $800 fine.