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Bayou Maharajah

Documentary, History, Music

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." Read more …

A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation. Illustrated with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this overlooked genius. 


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The critical consensus

The New Orleans jazz-blues wildman is brought to life in a documentary that celebrates his musicianship as well as the colourful tales.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/07/2016

A shining insight into an underappreciated figure.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 08/07/2016

This documentary captures the prowess of New Orleans pianist James Carroll Booker but not quite the myth.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 10/07/2016

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