LONG ISLAND PREMIERE! Everyone knows Ella Fitzgerald was the ‘Queen of Jazz’, but few know how she achieved legendary status. “Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things” follows her extraordinary journey over six decades as her sublime voice transforms the tragedies of her own life and the troubles of her times into joy.
Moving beyond a conventional biopic, the film uses images and music to evoke the feel of those times so as to bring to life the context of Ella’s unique career. Featuring interviews with Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, Norma Miller, and Jamie Cullum, who said “her music is one of the reasons it’s worth being on this planet”.
Gold Coast Cinema Series presents a special Q&A after the screening with the following guests:
Vinnie Bagwell, an artist who has been sculpting since 1993. Her first public artwork, “The First Lady of Jazz Ella Fitzgerald”, at Yonkers Metro North/Amtrak train station, is the first sculpture of a contemporary African-American woman to be commissioned by a municipality in the United States. For more information on Ms. Bagwell please visit www.vinniebagwell.com.
Matthew Trinkwald is in his sixth year as the music department chairperson and his fourteenth year of teaching music at Great Neck North Middle School. He holds a degree in Jazz Composition from Five Towns College and a Masters in Music Education from Queens College, and a second Masters in School Building Leadership. Matt has been performing for over 20 years; most noted for his work at cabaret clubs throughout Manhattan, and a performance at the 2005 JVC Jazz Festival.
Dr. Maya Nova is a jazz vocalist, songwriter, and educator whose 25 year career has taken her through Europe, Asia and North America. After earning her Masters at the Jazz Vocal Performance program at Queens College and her Doctor of Music Arts Degree from Stonybrook University, she has established herself as one of the most sought after jazz vocalists. She saw the debut of her first album in 2010 titled “OPEN” and 2nd album “DAYS” in 2015. Incidentally, one of Dr. Nova’s last lecture researches included a chapter on Ella Fitzgerald’s improvisation technique. Dr. Nova also teaches private music lessons at the Gold Coast Arts Center.
Tickets for “Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things” are $15 Adults/ Seniors and $10 for Film Society members when purchased in advance, $20 at the door. All tickets are subject to a $1 ticketing fee. No refunds or credits.
**Photo credit Larry C. Morris.
Tickets can be ordered by phone at 516-829-2570 or online by clicking HERE.
Director | Leslie Woodhead
Running Time | 90 minutes
Production Country | USA, UK
Release Year | 2019
Language | English