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Princess NoireThe Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone$
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Nadine Cohodas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872437

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas

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Princess Noire

Nadine Cohodas

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how Nina considered her discovery of Jacques Brel as one of the most exciting days of her whole life. Nina knew Paris had a large African community with residents from several countries, “so I would be able to create my own Africa in the heart of Europe, Africa in my mind.” She found a small apartment and decided to book herself into small clubs until she got established rather than work with a promoter. Nina distrusted them all. She liked the New Morning, one of the city's popular jazz spots despite its out-of-the-way location, and she brought her old habits with her. On the night that Jazz Magazine reviewed a show, Nina arrived more than an hour late, but she looked fetching, combining Indian-rose pants, a black leotard and a dashiki with several bracelets and silver chokers as accessories.

Keywords:   Nina, Jacques Brel, Paris, African community, New Morning, popular jazz spots, Jazz Magazine

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