May 27, 2012

Movie of the Week - Storyville: The Jazz Baroness

Hat tip to Jazz Pages. The Jazz Baroness is a film made by her great niece, about the British Jewish baroness who fell in love with the jazz genius Thelonious Monk. Pannonica Rothschild was born with everything, got married and had five children, but one track by a man she had never met inspired her to leave and start a new life in America.
Helen Mirren is the voice of 'Nica', while Sonny Rollins, TS Monk Jr, the Duchess of Devonshire, Quincy Jones, Lord Rothschild, Roy Haynes, Chico Hamilton and others appear as themselves. 
For a fantastic book of candid photos taken by the Baroness of her friends, i.e. the musicians, I highly recommend this book - Three Wishes: An Intimate Look At Jazz Greats.

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