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Live at the Maple Leaf - Part One

James Booker

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New Orleans 1983


If you know New Orleans, you know the significance of footage of James Booker at the Maple Leaf.

It's a little like getting to see Mozart playing at your bar and grill.

Booker was one of the greatest piano players New Orleans ever produced - which is saying a lot.

Personal problems led to an erratic career path, but his playing was supreme.

The Maple Leaf is still there. The music side of the club has all the ambience of a small garage. It's mind boggling that this was where Booker had to play, but such is the way of music in America.

Songs in this video:

Papa was a Rascal
Tico Tico
One for the Highway
One Hell of a Nerve

Purportedly recorded ten days before his death.

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