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<p>Laura Mae Gross and her legendary South Central Los Angeles blues club (left), profiled in the documentary Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn, and New Orleans piano legend James Booker (right), called the Ivory Emperor and Black Liberace is the subject in Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, two of 31 movies featured in the Northwest Film Center’s two-week long Reel Music Festival that opens Friday, Oct. 11.</p>

Laura Mae Gross and her legendary South Central Los Angeles blues club (left), profiled in the documentary Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn, and New Orleans piano legend James Booker (right), called the Ivory Emperor and Black Liberace is the subject in Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, two of 31 movies featured in the Northwest Film Center’s two-week long Reel Music Festival that opens Friday, Oct. 11.

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Jazz-themed Films

The Northwest Film Center’s Reel Music Festival has always wrangled together an exciting cross-section of jazz-themed films within the lineup and this year’s festival is no exception. From films on spiritual jazz guru Charles Lloyd and hot jazz drummer Chick Webb to edgy works about blues/jazz pianist James Booker and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Reel Music 31 promises a multitude of jazzy treats for music lovers of all ages.