Archive for the 'James Booker' Category

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

In July of 1978, James Carroll Booker III sat down at a grand piano in a large concert hall in Montreux, Switzerland and played “True.” The video of this performance is spellbinding, if not galvanizing – equal parts Crescent City grit and classically trained sorcery. Midway through the song, after an otherworldly flourish of keys, […]

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Spiders on keys, indeed. I’m heading to Zurich in the morning to catch a train to the jazz festival in Montreux, Switzerland — something akin to a pilgrimage to mecca. I was first hipped to James Booker sixteen years ago via a live solo recording from the early 70s. And that was it — there was […]

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Staying on this James Booker tip for a minute, this BBC session is very much worth digging into. Broken into two parts, the interview/performance was recorded in 1978 for the BBC while Booker was in the midst of a European tour. I’ve been looking for a quality audio recording of this session for some time […]

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Spiders on keys, indeed. This past March the long awaited James Booker documentary, Bayou Maharajah, premiered at SXSW in Austin. It was met with widespread critical acclaim. I was first hipped to this bonafide New Orleans piano legend thirteen years ago via a live solo recording from the early 70s. And that was it — there was […]

Thursday, April 7th, 2011
Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Ahoy there. I featured this rare 1978 live recording, from the Montreux Jazz Festival, on AD in October of 2005 as part of the original Live Upload Series. I suspect a good many of you were not following the blog way back then, so with New Orleans’ Jazz Fest on the horizon I’m re-upping it […]

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Who’s hitting up jazzfest this year in New Orleans? We’ll be there the second weekend presenting the Parliament Funkadelic show at The Republic. Details/Tickets to follow… Download: MP3: James Booker :: Tipitina/The Grass Looks Greener MP3: Funkadelic :: Can You Get To That? MP3: Aaron Neville :: Hercules ———- + Download your digital music via […]