New Orleans R&B with James Booker, Earl King and Professor Longhair

View of Earl King (1934-2003) performing at the 1975 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He is seen playing guitar on an outdoor stage while an unidentified musician sits on a keyboard behind him. Earl King performed on Saturday, April 26 at 2 p.m. on Stage 1.

Introducing some of the best of New Orleans R&B. James Booker, Earl King and Professor Longhair

Included is the music from one of the most flamboyant New Orleans pianists in recent memory, James Booker  was a major influence on the local rhythm & blues scene in the ’50s and ’60s.

He is a performer and a songwriter, guitarist Earl King was a leading New Orleans R&B force for more than four decades. Writing with such greats as Fats Domino and Professor Longhair

Finally the founding father of New Orleans R&B, Roy “Professor Longhair” Byrd. Longhair brought an irresistible Caribbean feel to his playing whose Latin-tinged rhumba-rocking piano style and croaking, yodeling vocals were as singular and spicy as the second-line beats that power his hometown’s musical heartbeat.

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