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LISTEN: Footmen, Mansions And Jazz - The Life Of 'Nica'

The baroness and Thelonious Monk.

She was married to a baron, flew airplanes and fought for the French Resistance in North Africa. She smoked cigarettes from a holder, drove a Rolls-Royce and sipped Chivas from a silver flask. And, for the last three decades of her life, she dedicated herself to helping jazz musicians. Known as "The Jazz Baroness," she was a patron to the likes of Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey; Charlie Parker died in her hotel room. Now, a new biography called Nica's Dream tells the story of Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter.--from NPR
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