Thursday night I’ll be playing again at the New Orleans piano temple - @mapleleafnola | some call it the church of #jamesbooker | Another night at the Booker’s Back Bar Piano Series 🎹🔥🎶
2 8716 July, 2019
We Got The Beats Too gives you heavy! Lauderhill is adding some classic hard rock and metal, along with our trademark blend of anything else you could want! Start your week off right by giving these beats a new home!
“The best black, one-eyed junkie pianist genius New Orleans has ever produced,” said Dr. John about #JamesBooker .
Join us Thursday, August 1st at @orpheumnola, to watch Bayou Maharajah, a poetic documentary with rare footage and interviews of James Booker. The film won an Audience Award and a Jury Special mention at 2013 @neworleansfilmfestival. Director @lkeber will be in attendance for a post-film discussion.
Admission is free and open to the public. New Orleans Film Society members get free popcorn! Doors open at 6pm, film begins at 7pm.
Free Summer Film Series at @orpheumnola continues next week with BAYOU MAHARAJAH followed by a Q&A with director @lkeber! Wednesday, July 10th, 7pm, doors open at 6pm.
Admission is free and open to the public. New Orleans Film Society members get free popcorn!
#BayouMaharajah explores the life and music of #NewOrleans piano legend #JamesBooker . Featuring interviews with Harry Connick Jr., #IrmaThomas , #AllenToussaint , Dr. John and Hugh Laurie, as well as never-before seen live performances, archival photographs and original stories, the film brings to life the unforgettable story of an American genius. It took home the Audience Award and a Special Jury Mention at 2013 @neworleansfilmfestival.
2 715 July, 2019
Picked up five #Jamesbooker albums last week. Pretty much my new hero.
Just received this Vinyl Me , Please printing of James Booker from Bespoke post. The record came with this description and I can't wait to listen to it.
"James Booker was one of America’s most stunning piano players. He was born, and died, in New Orleans, and in his 43 short years created an approach to the piano that has not been matched since. His music defies classification. It’s not exactly the blues, it’s not exactly jazz, it’s not R&B, it’s not classical; it’s a synthesis of all those. In a rare alignment of some forces that could never possibly be replicated, The Lost Paramount Tapes features James Booker leading a band comprised of New Orleans’ greatest underground monster musicians recording overnight in a studio after playing a gig. In Los Angeles. In 1973." #bespokepost#vinylmeplease#jamesbooker
1.On The Sunny Side Of The Street
3.Keep On Gwine
4.Come Rain Or Come Shine
(Carson Parks/Frank Sinatra)
6.Please Send Me Someone To Love
7.Tell Me How Do You Feel
(Percy Mayfiled/Ray Charles)
8.Let Them Talk
9.Come In My House
I've been thinking a lot lately about taking chances, and how it's really just about overcoming your fears. Because the truth is, everytime you take a big risk in your life, no matter how it ends up, you're always glad you took it. #blues#rollingstones#Chicago blues #jamesbooker#drjohn Dr John
I was extremely sad to hear about the passing of Dr. John yesterday. The world has lost one of its most talented and devoted musicians, he will be truly missed. Rest in peace, Dr. John.
Malcolm John Rebennack, aka Dr. John (November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019), was a singer, songwriter and musician from New Orleans, Louisiana and an iconic figure of the New Orleans music scene.
Dr. John started his career as a professional musician in the late 1950s. He performed in clubs and bars in New Orleans and worked with some of the greatest musicians of the time, including Professor Longhair, James Booker and Earl King.
In 1968, Dr. John's first breakthrough came in the with the album Gris-Gris, a combination of New Orleans rhythm and blues with psychedelic rock. It was the beginning of a long and successful career, marked by the release of iconic albums such as In the right Place released in 1973. Dr. John is the winner of 6 Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Dr. John was also famous for his elaborate stage shows that bordered on voodoo religious ceremonies, including elaborate costumes and headdress.
Yesterday I posted a Professor Longhair record, so this evening I’ll continue in the vein of New Orleans piano greats with “The Lost Paramount Tapes” by James Booker. Booker’s life story is one of those that makes you reflect on how cruel circumstance can be. There was no denying his immense talent. He was, as they say, a musician’s musician. But he was hit by an ambulance as a child, given morphine to relieve his pain, and developed a drug addiction (although he may have also been self-medicating some psychological issues) that not only led to his early death at age 43, but also to erratic behavior that no manager or major label wanted any part of. For example, his friends in New Orleans wondered why, one day, he showed up missing one of his eyes. He gave several explanations at different times; in one, he claimed that Ringo Starr ripped it out when they got into a fight. Ringo (with whom Booker did record) shows up again in another implausible tale about how his glass eye then went missing, reportedly having bought it from James for $1500. Talk about a colorful character! I highly recommend this fantastic album as well as the documentary about his life, “Bayou Maharaj: The Tragic Genius of James Booker.” #jamesbooker#vinylcommunity#vinyl#records#recordcollection#vinylcollection#vinylrecords#music#neworleansmusic
Today's the birthday of #JamesBooker , who #DrJohn describes as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”
[Photo from #Montreux Jazz Festival, 1978 by Lionel Decoster]