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Ellis Larkins

Jazz artist who was simply an unselfish, understated accompanist. He was praised for his lyricism and passionate spirit. He became the very first African-American to become accepted in to the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He performed and documented numerous prominent artists from the 1940s, including Billy Moore, Edmond Hall, Coleman Hawkins, Mildred Bailey, and Dicky Wells. His parents had been both classically qualified musicians. His dad was a violinist who founded a two-hours-per-day training regimen for his boy. He documented two unforgettable collaborations with Ella Fitzgerald: 1950’s Ella Sings Gershwin and Tracks inside a Mellow Feeling from 1954.

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