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dedicated to Pannonica de Koenigswarter, The Jazz Baroness

How my poor heart aches with every step you take.
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For the collage of "dedicated to Pannonica de Koenigswarter, The Jazz Baroness", the original photography you can find, here, there and everywhere.

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On the movie "Bird" directed by Clint Eastwood 1988, Diane Salinger performed as Pannonica de Koenigswarter.
Charlie Parker died on March 12, 1955 in the suite of Pannonica de Koenigswarter at the Stanhope Hotel in New York City while watching television.

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On the same years 1988, Clint Eastwood directed the documentary of Thelonious Monk "Thelonious Monk : Straight, No Chaser". On this movie, you can see Pannonica de Koenigswarter in some sequences. She was a friend and patron of Thelonious Monk.

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After Charlie Parker's Death, the room where he died was asked to leave by the hotel management. And, Pannonica de Koenigswarter re-located to the Bolivar Hotel in New York City.
Thelonious Monk composed "Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are" and recorded in his album "Brilliant Corners" 1957.
The Upper photo is "Bop King Dies In Heiress' Flat" from "New York Daily Mirror".

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On the album "A Portrait Of Thelonious" 1961 by Bud Powell featuing four Thelonious Monk compositions, Pannonica de Koenigswarter painted for the album cover.

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On the album "Criss-Cross" 1963 by Thelonious Monk, Pannonica de Koenigswarter wrote the liner-notes for the album.
And, after Thelonious Monk ended his public performances in the mid-1970s he retired to her house, where he died in 1982.

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The words "How my poor heart aches with every step you take." taken from the lyrics of the song "Every Breath You Take" for the album "Synchronicity" 1983 by The Police (The upper photo is for 7 inch single cover released in 1983).
Her attitudes of Pannonica de Koenigswarter for Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk, it looks like on the lyrics, I think so. Of course, on this lyrics she is not "you", she is "I". Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk are "you".

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In Modern Jazz era, 1950s and 1960s New York jazz scene, Pannonica de Koenigswarter became patron of many jazz musicians (The upper photo is "Pannonica de Koenigswarter and Charlie Mingus").
So they called her the "bebop baroness" or "jazz baroness".

Some musicians composed and played the tunes to dedicated to her.

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"Blues For Nica" from the album "Kenny Drew Trio" 1956 by Kenny Drew
Personnel : Paul Chambers (b), Philly Joe Jones (dr) and Kenny Drew (p)

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"Nica's Tempo" composed by Gigi Gryce from the album "Drum Suite" 1957 by Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers
Personnel : Bill Hardman (tp), Jackie McLean (as), Sam Dockery (p), Spanky DeBrest (b) and Art Blakey (dr)

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"Nica" from the album "Blues Mambo" 1960 by Sonny Clark Trio
Personnel : Max Roach (dr), George Duvivier (b) and Sonny Clark (p)

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"Nica's Dream" from the album "Horace Scope" 1960 by The Horace Silver Quintet
Personnel : Blue Mitchell (tp), Junior Cook (ts), Gene Taylor (b), Roy Brooks (dr) and Horace Silver (p)

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"Tonica" from the album "Jazz Contemporary" 1960 by Kenny Dorham
Personnel : Charles Davis (bs), Steve Kuhn (p), Butch Warren (b), Buddy Enlow (dr) and Kenny Dorham (tp)

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"Panonica" from the album "Brilliant Corners" 1957 by Thelonious Monk.
Personnel : Ernie Henry (as), Sonny Rollins (ts), Oscar Pettiford (b), Max Roach (dr) and Thelonious Monk (p, cel)
On this album "Brilliant Corners", "Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are" (about memorial of Parkers death) was recorded with same members. On this tune, Thelonious Monk played piano only.

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"Thelonious Monk and Baroness Nica de Koenigswarter get into her Bentley outside the Five Spot cafe, New York, 1964" photo by Ben Martin

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