Awards & Memberships

1998 Meritorious Service Award presented by American Federation of Musicians President, Steve Young.
1998 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the New Orleans Jazz Club at their 50th Anniversary.
Named “Louisiana State Pianist” by Governor Dave Treen.
Charter member of New Orleans French Quarter Festival and it’s only two time Chairman.
One of the founding members of the New Orleans JazzFest.
Founder and Chairman of the New Orleans Music Industry Foundation. The goal is to build the infrastructure of the Music Industry in the River Region area of Southern Louisiana.
1998/99 President of the Sugar Bowl, and has been a member since 1973.
Chairman of the State of Louisiana Tourist Commission.
Chairman of the St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission.
Executive Board of the Greater New Orleans Tourist and Convention Commission.
Only two time Chairman of the Louisiana/New Orleans Host Committee.
Has been an “Ambassador of Louisiana” and has promoted her worldwide by performing nine times at The American Society of Travel Agents Congress, plus many others.
Twice selected to the Super Bowl Host Committee.
Served on the Final Four Host Committee.
Has been a member of the Board of the Louisiana Easter Seal Society since 1972 and its only four time Chairman.
Host of the Annual Easter Seal Telethon since 1977, plus annually hosts the “Jazz on the Bayou” fundraiser at home.
LSU Medical Center “Strength in Age” Award – 2000.
Great Gentleman Award – East Jefferson Hospital – 2000.
Only musician to ever receive the New Orleans Airlines Management Association “Man of the Year Award.”
Only musician to receive Sales Marketing Executive Award.
Received the Young Leadership Council Award.
He and his wife Gardner received the Sweetheart Couple Award – 1997.
La Petit Theater Award 1995
Annually hosts a dinner at his home for the Rotary Foreign Group Study Exchange Team.
Received the Paul Prudhomme Award for the person doing the most to promote the foods of Louisiana.
Honored by the California Legislature.