Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats

Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats

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Overview


An unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at jazz legends

In the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, Pannonica de Koenigswarter, known as Nica, was a constant and benevolent presence on the thriving New York jazz scene. Known as the Jazz Baroness (she was born into the wealthy Rothschild family and later married a French aristocrat) she befriended such giants as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Barry Harris, Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, and many more. She inspired over twenty jazz compositions, bailed musicians out of jail, and even acted as a booking agent.

She also collected wishes. Over the course of a decade, Koenigswarter asked three hundred musicians what their three wishes in life were, jotting them all down in a notebook. At the same time she took hundreds of candid photographs, saving them all. In Three Wishes, Koenigswarter’s forays into the psyches and lives of these legendary jazz artists are made available in America for the first time.

With a foreword by celebrated jazz critic Gary Giddins, and a introduction from Nica’s granddaughter, Nadine de Koenigswarter, providing rare insights into the mysterious baroness’s life, this funny, eclectic, and moving compilation is a uniquely intimate look into the immortals of the classic era of jazz, and a must-have for any fan or afficianado.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810972353
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Pannonica de Koenigswarter, daughter of Charles and Rozsika Rothschild, was married to the Baron Jules de Koenigswarter, a renowned freedom fighter in the French resistance, before she moved to New York City, where she emerged as a major patron of the Jazz scene. Nadine de Koenigswarter, Nica’s granddaughter, is a multimedia visual artist living in Paris and West Africa. Gary Giddins is an award-winning jazz critic and author. He writes columns about music for Jazz Times and about film for the New York Sun.

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Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
HHS-Staff on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Nica," a Rothschild, thumbed her nose at her aristocratic raising and became one of the greatest patronesses in jazz history. Besides furnishing room to woodshed, offering encouragement and artistic advise, and providing funds, she was simply a great companion to geniuses like Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk (both of whom died in her residence). When musicians happened to come to her flats and apartments, she loved snapping candid photos of them and recording their three wishes. Selections of both make up this beautiful, simple, moving book. Along with Geoff Dyer's BUT BEAUTIFUL, it is my favorite book about jazz. Truly cool.Reviewed by:Phil OvereemLanguage Arts teacher
bigdave37 More than 1 year ago
AS A LONG TIME JAZZ LOVER I WAS INTRIGUED. THE PHOTOS ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE LOOKING AT A CLOSE FRIENDS PHOTO ALBUM. THE WISHES EACH MUSICIAN HAS ARE INTERESTING, INSIGHTFUL AND SOMETIMES DOWNRIGHT FUNNY. AT TIMES THE WISHES BECOME REPETITIVE, BUT THE PHOTOGRAPHS MAKE UP FOR IT. THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD IMPROVE THE BOOK IS IF YOU HAD MORE BACKGROUND STORIES TO SUPPORT THE BOOK AND ADD WEIGHT TO IT. BUT STILL IS WORTH IT.