De Koenigswarter (1913-1988), known as the "Jazz Baroness," was a fixture on the East Coast jazz scene of the 1950s, '60s and '70s. Born into the wealthy Rothschild family and married to a French aristocrat, de Koenigswarter emigrated to New York City in the early '50s and became an enthusiastic patron of artists large and small. She was also a canny amateur photographer, evidenced in this enthralling collection of candid snapshots. She also, over course of a decade, collected wishes from some 300 musicians; alongside vibrant, smoky Polaroids, these wishes--though plenty go to money, health and more wishes--provide a brief glimpse into each subjects' dreams: Julian "Cannonball" Adderley wishes for a jazz artists' subsidy organization; Dinah Washington wishes for triplet girls; and Charles Mingus wishes for "enough to pay my bills, but that's absolutely all." Not everyone wishes deep: Bill Hardman wishes for "a crazy old lady"; David "Fathead" Newman wishes "To get high... right now." Legends like Art Blakey Jr., Miles Davis, Horace Silver and John Coltrane are seen as often at work as at play--de Koenigswarter's New Jersey home, "The Cathouse," was known for housing cats both literal and jazz (Monk spent years there). Free of speculation or commentary, the work has an appropriately improvisational feel, perfect for engaged browsing--if only it came with a CD.
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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.
This book was high on my jazz reading list for the longest time, without me really knowing what it was about or what the concept was. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric C. Sedensky
Fantastic visually. The parade of bebop jazz greats in their casual moments. What a thrill!Published 4 months ago by K. L. Smith
As expected, Candid Polaroid are not the best but I love everyone's take on the 3 wishes. Serious, humorous,capturing a moment
And glad to have it in my collection.
This is an amazing book that would be coveted by all jazz fans!Published 14 months ago by Edythe L. Bronston
It's briiant. Intamite look into the greats of Jazz with intimate photos and a great hook! Three wishes from each playerPublished 18 months ago by William Wingert
Awesome pictures, with awesome information. Love the book, always nice to look at or keep as a coffee table/casual reading book.Published on July 16, 2013 by lexnomnom