If you’ve never listened to Ella Fitzgerald, the Queen of Jazz, you must rectify this immediately. She standardized standards like “A-Tisket, A-Tasket,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” and “Flying Home,” performing with verve, uptempo adventurism, and a refreshing sense of humor. Now, we have a documentary on this incredible, influential musician: Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things. And we have a trailer and a release date below.
Directed by Leslie Woodhead (Srebrenica: A Cry from the Grave), Just One of Those Things features performances of the incomparable Fitzgerald, follows her unique and inspiring journey from humble beginnings to stardom, and has interviews with noted musicians like Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, and Smokey Robinson — not to mention a chat with Fitzgerald’s son, Ray Brown Jr. Whether you’ve never heard of Fitzgerald or know all of her scat solos backwards and forwards, Just One of Those Things promises an examining look for everyone.
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Directed by the award-winning Leslie Woodhead and produced by journalist/novelist Reggie Nadelson, Just One Of Those Things is an intimate look at “The First Lady Of Jazz.” Featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with such luminaries as Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathis, and a rare conversation with Ella’s son Ray Brown, Jr., this documentary traces Ella’s history from her youth on the streets of Harlem and her breakout performance at the famed Apollo Theater to the international renown she achieved as a pioneering jazz vocalist. Narrated by actress/singer Sharon D. Clarke, Just One Of Those Things explores the life of this revolutionary artist, whose musical innovation and spirit broke down barriers of racism and sexism.