The Shuffling Hungarian is a feature-length documentary on the life and music of New Orleans piano legend Henry Roeland Byrd, a.k.a. Professor Longhair.
The Film reveals the stories behind the man named The Picasso of Keyboard Funk, The Bach of Rock, The Granddaddy of Rock & Roll, Real King of Rock & Roll and, to his friends and fans, simply Fess.
Albert Goldman, Elvis’s biographer, said that
Professor Longhair gave Elvis Presley his blue suede shoes voice and the arrangements gave producer Sam Phillips the sound.
The only true Rockumentry, exploring the history of the most influential musician, modern day has ever heard, or maybe you haven’t? The story of a musical genius, the man who really put the roll with the rock. Since January 2014, we’ve been filming musicians, historians and friends on both sides of the Atlantic. Paying out of pocket and begging favors from our filmmaking friends, we’ve managed to interview:
Mac Rebennack aka Dr John, Allen Toussaint, Pat Byrd, Henry Butler, Quint Davis, Hudson Marquez, Steve Armbruster, Reggie Scanlan, Johnny Vidacovich, Tom Stagg, Alfred ‘Uganda’ Roberts, Robert Parker, Gaz Mayall, Johnny Johnson, George Porter, and Jon Cleary.
“The Originator of Funk and Rock and Roll.” -Dr John
“As important as any of the composers dating back five hundred years.” -Allen Toussaint
“Professor Longhair originated one of the classic styles of Rock & Roll piano playing.” -Rolling Stone
“The foremost exponent of the New Orleans piano style.” -Rock & Roll Hall of Fame