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Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats Paperback – September 1, 2008
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
The wishes from these musicians give an insight into their lives and their aspirations and outlooks. The photographs,which are very atmospheric, are what really set this book apart from other books about this period. The author,who has quite a few compositions named in her honor, has a unique vantage point and uses it well. They aren't formally composed shots but rather pictures taken very informally. There is a short biography of the author by her grandaughter and an introduction by Gary Giddins. For the jazz lover this book is a cut above because of the rapport between the author and her subjects.
...A visual of the musicians that wandered through her life. Yes, amateurish...but this is what makes this book so wonderful- an honest history of what was transpiring in jazz during those years.
Two sets of answers stand out to me:
Saxophonist, Ornette Coleman:
1. Eternal life.
Pianist, Mary Lou Williams:
1. To love God more.
2. To do His will.
3. That he should save souls through me.
Think on these things.
Nica also photographed the jazz folk she loved and supported, using her inexpensive camera, giving the photos a raw, granular, and "you-are-there" quality. This unique book is a testimony to yearning, lament, and hope: a unique window into the jazz world of a generation ago.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is fun, touching and real. It's not a novel but just random quotes to Nica's basic question to these legendary musicians. "What are your three wishes". Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gavin
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 12 months ago by Eric Sedensky
Fantastic visually. The parade of bebop jazz artists in their casual moments. What a thrill!
This is a book every jazz fan should have on their nightstand. Read more
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 on July 5, 2014 by Edythe L. Bronston