Ellis Larkins

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Birthday
15, 1923
Birthplace
Maryland
Death Date
Sep 30, 2002 (79)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
15, 1923
Birthplace
Maryland
Death Date
Sep 30, 2002 (79)

About

Jazz artist who was an unselfish, understated accompanist. He was praised for his lyricism and romantic soul.

Before Fame

He became the first African-American to be accepted into the Peabody Conservatory of Music.

Trivia

He performed and recorded with many prominent artists of the 1940s, including Billy Moore, Edmond Hall, Coleman Hawkins, Mildred Bailey, and Dicky Wells.

Family Life

His parents were both classically trained musicians. His father was a violinist who established a two-hours-per-day practicing regimen for his son.

Associated With

He recorded two memorable collaborations with Ella Fitzgerald: 1950's Ella Sings Gershwin and Songs in a Mellow Mood from 1954.