Nica's Dream

Nica's Dream

The Life and Legend of the Jazz Baroness

Book - 2011
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Describes the life of the Rothschild heiress who moved to Manhattan to pursue her love of jazz and began hosting late-night jam sessions, socializing with musicians and Beat poets during a transformative era in twentieth-century American culture.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393069402
0393069400
Call Number: 780.2 K8195k
Characteristics: 272 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., facsims., ports. ; 25 cm

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Dec 05, 2011

As a long-time jazz fan I had always wanted to know more about the nefarious "jazz baroness" Nica de Koenigswater, who befriended many top jazz musicians in the 1950s to 1970s. All I'd heard were rumors about her involvement in the death of Charlie Parker, and inferences that she had sexual relationships with some of these musicians. This well researched and well written biography finally tells the truth! Born a Rothschild, Nica developed a passion for jazz and spent most of her life encouraging, supporting and literally saving numerous jazz musicians so that they could practice their art. Her long (non sexual) relationship with Thelonius Monk helped greatly in having him recognized as a musical genius. She welcomed jazz musicians for after hours jam sessions, delivered groceries to their needy families and bought instruments for musicians who couldn't afford one. Baroness Nica was as important a figure in jazz history as the musicians she befriended. This fascinating and often moving book tells why.

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