Bayou Maharajah

Title: Bayou Maharajah

Director: Lily Keber

Category: Feature Film


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. Illustrated with never-before-seen concert footage, rare personal photos and exclusive interviews, the film paints a portrait of this overlooked genius.


  • Director: Lily Keber
  • Producers: Lily Keber and Nate Kohn
  • Editors: Aimée Toledano and Tim Watson
  • Cinematographer: David S. White
  • Principal Cast: Joe Boyd, Douglas Brinkley, Harry Connick Jr.

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