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The Jazz Genius and the Heiress: Thelonious Monk's Connection To English Aristocrat


Hannah Rothschild. (Photo:

A new book tells the story of a colorful patron of jazz in the 20th Century: the Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswater.

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Pannonica, or "Nica", became the muse and benefactor of jazz legend, Thelonious Monk.

He wrote for her the song "Pannonica" and lived with her in New York in his later years.

Nica was a member of the wealthy Jewish dynasty, the Rothschilds.

The book, "Baroness: The Search for Nica the Rebellious Rothschild" was written by Nica's great-niece, Hannah Rothschild.

She shares highlights with anchor, Marco Werman.