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.