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Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

(Leslie Woodhead, 2019)
Live Q&A | June 28

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A black-and-white photo of Ella at the mic

Stream this new documentary about the first lady of song and hear from the film’s producer in a live Q&A on June 28.

The great Ella Fitzgerald (1917–96) brought her singular voice to “The Great American Songbook” like no singer before her debut or after. Just One of Those Things traces her incredible life from the streets of Harlem and a momentous 1934 talent contest at the Apollo Theater to her many achievements as one of the 20th century’s most iconic performers. Blending archival footage with contemporary interviews featuring singers Smokey Robinson and Tony Bennett, swing dancer Norma Miller, and adopted son Ray Brown Jr.—plus a 1963 radio show in which the famously reserved Fitzgerald addresses the topic of race head-on—the film captures a triumphant story of perseverance against poverty, sexism, and racism. (90 mins., digital video)
​​​​​​​Closed captioning available

Join us for a Q&A on Sunday, June 28, at 7 PM ET /4 PM PT featuring producer Reggie Nadelson, renowned author and music critic Will Friedwald, Pultizer Prize–winning journalist Margo Jefferson, and singer/sax player Camille Thurman. The talk is available free with RSVP; register and learn more here.

A black-and-white photo of Ella at the mic

Image © Herman Leonard Photography LLC

A black-and-white photo of Ella talking to Marilyn Monroe

Image courtesy of Getty Images

A color photo of Ella performing in a club

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A black-and-white photo of Ella singing on stage in front of a drum kit

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MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Nationwide Foundation

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Huntington Bank
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Kaufman Development
Cardinal Health Foundation

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