The Jazz Baroness

Jazz on Film

The Jazz Baroness

Directed by Hannah Rothschild
(UK, 2009, digital)

This fascinating documentary about jazz patron Baroness Pannonica Rothschild reveals an intriguingly complex figure. A member of the famous Jewish banking family, she began a lifelong obsession with New York’s jazz scene in the 1950s and developed a passionate friendship with pianist Thelonious Monk. She ended up in the tabloids when saxophonist Charlie Parker died at her apartment, and she long remained a mystery. Helen Mirren provides Rothschild’s voice in interview and diary excerpts.

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The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

The Jazz Baroness

Directed by Hannah Rothschild
(UK, 2009, 83 minutes)
Brown Auditorium Theater

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