Peabody Conservatory

Maryland Morning
8:55 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Remembering Legendary Pianist, Ellis Larkins

Ellis Larkins. (Courtesy of the Digital Collections in the Arthur Friedheim Library of the Peabody Institute and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Larkins.)

Tom Hall talks with Bob Jacobson about Ellis Larkins
Ella Fitzgerald cut a classic record, Ella Sings Gershwin, in 1950. She was accompanied by a lone pianist who had an elegant touch: Baltimore’s own Ellis Larkins.  A graduate of Frederick Douglass High School in Northwest Baltimore, Larkins was the first African-American to attend the Peabody Conservatory.  After training at Juilliard, he became one of the most distinguished and accomplished jazz pianists of his generation.   

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