I'm always painting James Carrol Booker III because I love him. Black Chopin, Piano Pope, Bayou Maharajah, musical genius. “The Gospel According to New Orleans” , my collection of iconic New Orleans Musicians, commemorates their role in the evolution of the eccentric culture and music traditions of New Orleans. All depicted in this series are musical and cultural icons who make, or live on through, their significant contributions to the uniqueness of what composes the spirit of New Orleans. They exemplify the joie de vivre that runs through all aspects of life here in all of its diversity.
Booker is depicted here with a Maple Leaf Rosary symbolic of his years playing at the Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street here in New Orleans.
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