The Story of the Baroness and the Jazz Musicians
The legend of Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter, or Nica, friend to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and other jazz luminaries, has loomed large over the history of modern jazz. Publication several years ago of the book Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats, under the Baroness’s name, amplified that legend. In a more recent biography just published in the United States, The Baroness: the Search for Nica, the Rebellious Rothschild, Hannah Rothschild explores the life of her great-aunt; and in this CNN profile of the Baroness and the legend, Hannah Rothschild airs some of her findings about her fabled relative.
Read and watch…
Peek at Nica’s photos…
Django Reinhardt & Duke Ellington
Photographer is William P. Gottlieb
There are two musicians in this photo, so please give Elvin Jones a little love, people.
Erroll Garner in 1958 (photo by Dennis Stock)
The Modern Jazz Quartet [left to right: Percy Heath, Milt Jackson, John Lewis, and Connie Kay] in New York City 1958 (photo by Dennis Stock)
Listen to The Modern Jazz Quartet.