Ellis Larkins — piano

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Ellis Larkins (May 15, 1923 – September 30, 2002) was an African-American jazz pianist born in Baltimore, Maryland, perhaps best known for his two recordings with Ella Fitzgerald, the albums Ella Sings Gershwin (1950) and Songs in a Mellow Mood (1954).

Larkins was the first African American to attend the Peabody Conservatory of Music, a well-known institute in Baltimore. He began his professional playing career in New York City after moving there to attend the Juilliard School. Following school Larkins performed jazz piano with Billy Moore and Edmond Hall. Over the years Larkins has performed with Ruby Braff, Eartha Kitt, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Georgia Gibbs and Harry Belafonte.