Bayou Maharajah

  • Directed by Lily Keber
  • United States, 2013, 90 mins., English

The Ivory Emperor, the Black Liberace, Lil Booker, Little Chopin in Living Color…James Carroll Booker III. BAYOU MAHARAJAH explores the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, the man Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed, junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. With never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos, and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this overlooked genius.

Genres: Documentary, Music