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Review: Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things is the latest in a slew of solid if not particularly groundbreaking music documentaries celebrating the life and legacy of a pioneering artist. The film highlights Fitzgerald’s challenging childhood, her personal and professional struggles and triumphs, and the vocal talents that made her an international star during some turbulent times in American history. But it only soars when Ella sings. Jazz, swing, blues, scat, broadway theater music. It’s easy to understand how she came to be known as “The First Lady of Song” aka “The Queen of Jazz” aka “Lady Ella.”