The real life Rothschild heiress and Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter (1913-1988) was a fervent patron of jazz. She fearlessly left her husband and five children to support and encourage the jazz artists she loved. Although the Rothschilds disowned her and her husband won custody of the children, she maintained contact with them. She is especially well-known for her assistance to Thelonious Monk, but many others benefitted from her generosity in the form of rent payments, grocery deliveries, hospital stays and the famously speedy adventures in her Bentley. She chaperoned them to gigs and defended them against racism. There are at least 11 tunes by various musicians named for her. “Nica’s Dream” was written by Horace Silver. There is even a jazz club in Nantes, Frances named for her, Le Pannonica.
You can read "Nica's Dream," my latest verse, at the website, Jerry Jazz Musician. Joe Maita, founder, publisher, and jazz enthusiast, curates one of the most comprehensive and best jazz websites. Go ahead and get lost in it!
In Which Nica Reveals Her Dreams
by Gloria Krolak