Three Wishes : An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats, Paperback

Three Wishes : An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats Paperback

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In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, Pannonica de Koenigswarter, known as Nica, was a constant and benevolent presence on the thriving jazz scene.

Known as the Jazz Baroness (she was born into the wealthy Rothschild family and later married to 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-five jazz compositions, bailed musicians out of jail and even acted as a booking agent.

She also collected wishes. Over the course of a decade, Nica 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" Nica's forays into the psyches and lives of these legendary jazz artists are made available for the first time. With a foreword by celebrated jazz critic, Gary Giddins and an introduction from Nica's granddaughter, Nadine de Koenigswarter, providing rare insights into the mysterious baroness' life, this funny, eclectic and moving compilation is uniquely intimate look into the immortals of the classic era of jazz and a must have for any fan or aficionado.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, 190 colour images
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Jazz
  • ISBN: 9780810972353



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"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