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James Booker: The Lost Paramount Tapes / Los Angeles, August 15th

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

In 1973, New Orleans piano wunderkind James Booker cut a session after a gig while in Los Angeles. Which was promptly lost and, much later, found. You can read our piece on the session (and its forthcoming reissue), here. But…if you’re in LA, we’re co-hosting a party for the album’s release next Wednesday night at […]

James Booker :: The Lost Paramount Tapes (1973)

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

One night in 1973, pianist James Booker and his band, freshly seasoned from recent shows at the nearby club Dirty Pierre’s, sauntered into Paramount Recording Studios in Hollywood. It was late at night, maybe 10:30 or 11, and the plan was loose. Booker sat down at a spinet tack piano, and his group of Dr. […]

James Booker :: Return of The Bayou Maharajah

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, […]

James Booker :: Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1978

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 […]

James Booker :: Live – The BBC Sessions, 1978

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 […]

James Booker :: Montreux Jazz Festival, July 1978

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 […]

James Booker :: Classified

Thursday, April 7th, 2011