Bayou Maharajah

Tuesday, June 28

Director Lily Keber in person for Q&A!

BAYOU MAHARAJAH explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who Dr. John described as “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.”

This roller coaster portrait traces Booker’s life from his early years as a chart-topping child prodigy, to his star- studded years touring and playing as a sideman, through his outrageous solo career in America and Europe. First-person narrators lead the viewer through Booker’s unbelievable onstage performances, occasionally in his underwear, dishing out drug-fueled conspiracy theories. Featuring interviews with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Dr. John, Irma Thomas and Allen Toussaint, together with a generous helping of archival footage, the film brings to life the unforgettable story of this amazing musician.

Q&A moderated by journalist Brian Pace, a longtime contributor to numerous TV and radio stations.

Photo credit: Anton Corbijn

Screening as part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival.

  • Country USA
  • Running Time 98 minutes
  • Director Lily Keber