Cover photo courtesy of Anton Corbijn.















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. A wild genius with a style that combined elements of rhythm-and-blues, jazz, ragtime and classical music, he gained the nicknames "Piano Prince of New Orleans", "Black Liberace" and "Bayou Maharajah". Illustrated with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this overlooked genius.




“…the film is almost an act of necromancy, calling forth the spirit of its subject
not just in words and images, but in its very structure”


Alex Jennings, OffBeat

“highly fascinating on a universal scale, whether you’re a musician or not...
incredibly well-researched, cheeky and completely addictive viewing”


Kai Hoffman, LondonJazz

“The result is not only a uniquely creative music documentary,
but also the best film about New Orleans in years”


Ken Korman, Gambit

“...Keber’s film is one of most culturally important documentaries
made in recent years.”


Caitlin Love, Oxford American

“…ecstatic, sorrowful, beautiful, pained, full of anger, joy and something otherworldly”


Matthew Odam, Austin American-Statesman