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Birth Name: Ellis Larkins
Born: 1923/05/15
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Died: 2002/09/30
Genres: Jazz

Ellis Larkins (May 15, 1923 - September 30, 2002) was an African-American jazz pianist born in Baltimore, Maryland, perhaps best known for his two recordings with Ella Fitzgerald, the albums ''Ella Sings Gershwin'' (1950) and ''Songs in a Mellow Mood'' (1954). Larkins was the first African American to attend the Peabody Conservatory of Music, a well-known institute in Baltimore. He began his professional playing career in New York City after moving there to attend the Juilliard School. Following school Larkins performed jazz piano with Billy Moore and Edmond Hall. He recorded with Coleman Hawkins, Mildred Bailey, and Dickey Wells in the 1940s. In the 1950s he recorded with Ella Fitzgerald a... Continue Bio >>

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