Maryland Morning
8:45 am
Wed March 26, 2014

The Life and Music of Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington, 1954
Credit Public Domain

Terry Teachout is the drama critic for the Wall Street Journal.  He’s also a jazz musician, and the author of several books.  In 2009, he published a highly regarded biography of Louis Armstrong, and last year he released a beautifully written and insightful biography of Duke Ellington.  It's called "Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington."  Terry Teachout joins Tom Hall on the line from New York.

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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.)

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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