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James Booker

James Carroll Booker III (December 17, 1939 - November 8, 1983) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, son and grandson of Baptist ministers, both of whom played the piano. He spent most of his childhood on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where his father pastored a church. Booker received a saxophone as a gift from his mother, but he demonstrated a stronger interest in the keyboard. He first played organ in his father's churches. Booker also recalled being hit by an ambulance at age nine, and being treated for multiple broken bones; the pianist speculated that the nearly fatal experience and treatment was linked to his later drug use.

After returning to New Orleans in his early adolescence he attended the prestigious Xavier Academy Preparatory School. He was playing Frédéric Chopin, Erroll Garner, and Liberace, and could play their solos from memory.

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Artist: James Booker
05 November, 06:10am by thibaux561 | comments (0)
I was briefly acquainted with Booker during the early 80's. I actually moved to New Orleans in 1980 and fronted a (bad) blues band called "The Uptown Blues Organization. We were so bad that we were politely ignored, rather than panned, by the local music press. (This says a little about discretion ... read more
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