Booker’s Birthday

Today marks the birth of James Booker. Quite recently while looking for a fresh image of Booker I stumbled across the work of Cheryl Anne Grace. What’s particularly appealing about her work is that it doesn’t suffer from that Jackson Square/Pirate’s Alley schlock (Confederacy of Dunces) look. Cheryl’s work is palpably affectionate and the stylish iconography adds a very nice “canonized” touch to several great musical N.O. characters: Mr. Okra, Fats, Ernie K-Doe, Booker, Allen Toussaint as well as some still life paintings that have resonance for me as well — The Bead Tree, Café au Lait at Napoleon House, Mother In Law Lounge, Snake and Jake’s and Bachanal. Anyway, check out the Booker documentary to learn more about the amazing character that was Booker and support Cheryl’s work — and hopefully Cheryl’s roster of N.O. portraits will expand.

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