A Passion for Jazz

Hannah Rothschild

26/02/2009 3:00 pm

The film-maker Hannah Rothschild describes her great aunt Pannonica Rothschild as “the one who got away” from the weight of responsibility attached to the family name. She moved from war-torn France and set up home in New York in the early 1950s, where she soon became patron and friend to bebop greats like Charlie Parker (who died in her hotel room) and Thelonious Monk (whom she nursed until his death).

Hannah Rothschild

Hannah Rothschild CBE is an award-winning writer and documentary film director. She is a former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery, and she is a Trustee of Waddesdon Manor. Hannah’s previous novel The Improbability of Love won the 2016 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction.