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Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things to See Release At Last

Leslie Woodhead's documentary on the legendary singer will premiere virtually on June 26

Ella Fitzgerald (c/o Universal)
Ella Fitzgerald (c/o Universal)

The documentary film Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things was originally supposed to be released in theaters nationwide April 3. That plan had to be changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but now the movie is getting a “virtual cinema” premiere. Starting June 26, viewers will be able to watch Just One of Those Things from home while also supporting their local movie theaters by purchasing advance tickets, which are now available at Eventive. (TV viewing apps are available for AppleTV, Roku, and AndroidTV as well.)

Directed by the award-winning Leslie Woodhead and produced by journalist/novelist Reggie Nadelson, Just One of Those Things traces Fitzgerald’s history from her youth on the streets of Harlem and her breakout performance at the Apollo Theater’s first Amateur Night to the international renown she achieved as a pioneering jazz vocalist. The documentary features never-before-seen footage and interviews with such luminaries as Tony Bennett, Cleo Laine, the late André Previn, Smokey Robinson, Johnny Mathis, and a rare (and often emotional) conversation with Fitzgerald’s son Ray Brown, Jr. The fact that the film was produced in the United Kingdom may partly explain the inclusion of younger British singers Jamie Cullum and Laura Mvula, yet their insights into Fitzgerald’s art are also perceptive and cogent. Actress/singer Sharon D. Clarke serves as narrator. Watch the trailer below.

For more information about Just One of Those Things, check out ellafitzgeraldmovie.com.

In 2017, JazzTimes‘ Christopher Loudon (1957-2020) talked to modern jazz singers about the legacy of Ella Fitzgerald.