Event is Sunday, June 28th
Following the virtual cinema premiere of the documentary Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things, Eagle Rock Entertainment will host a special live conversation with producer/author Reggie Nadelson, who conducted all of the film’s interviews, and three of the film’s participants — Pulitzer Prize winning author/journalist Margo Jefferson, renowned music critic/author Will Friedwald, and singer/saxophonist Camille Thurman of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. They will discuss the film during this free event on Sunday, June 28th at 7 pm EST/4 pm PST — two days after the national virtual cinema release. Tickets for this event are available at the film’s website.
Directed by award-winning documentarian Leslie Woodhead, Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things is an intimate look at the life and journey of The First Lady Of Jazz. Blending archival footage with anecdotes/ruminations from Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Itzhak Perlman, dancer Norma Miller, the late Andre Previn, and Ella’s son Ray Brown. Jr, Just One Of Those Things reveals a personal look into Fitzgerald’s journey, in life and in music.
A trailblazer for women of color in the music business and beyond, Fitzgerald is famously quoted as saying “it isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” She proved the true meanings of these words, from her life as an orphaned, penniless teenager living on the streets of Harlem, to her big break at amateur night at the Apollo Theater, which skyrocketed her career as a singer, bandleader, and public figure. Her innovative style of scat singing broke new ground in jazz vocalization, along with her interpretations of the Great American Songbook. She would go on to inspire countless singers, musicians, and artists, leaving an extraordinary legacy, as stated by Bob Dylan recently in the New York Times: “Ella Fitzgerald as a singer inspires me.”
Ella Fitzgerald: Just One Of Those Things is presented by over 100 theaters nationwide as a virtual cinema release, as well as several in-house screenings in select theaters, starting June 26th.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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