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April 2018
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Sunday April 29, 2018 (4/29/2018)
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Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974)[1] was an American composer, pianist, and big-band leader. Ellington wrote over 1,000 compositions. In the opinion of Bob Blumenthal of The Boston Globe "In the century since his birth, there has been no greater composer, American or otherwise, than Edward Kennedy Ellington."[2] A major figure in the history of jazz, Ellington's music stretched into various other genres, including blues, gospel, film scores, popular, and classical. His career spanned more than 50 years and included leading his orchestra, composing an inexhaustible songbook, scoring for movies, composing stage musicals, and world tours. Several of his instrumental works were adapted into songs that became standards. Due to his inventive use of the orchestra, or big band, and thanks to his eloquence and extraordinary charisma, he is generally considered to have elevated the perception of jazz to an art form on a par with other traditional genres of music. His reputation increased after his death and the Pulitzer Prize Board bestowed on him a special posthumous honor in 1999.[3]

Ellington called his music "American Music" rather than jazz, and liked to describe those who impressed him as "beyond category."[4] These included many of the musicians who were members of his orchestra, some of whom are considered among the best in jazz in their own right, but it was Ellington who melded them into one of the most well-known jazz orchestral units in the history of jazz. He often composed specifically for the style and skills of these individuals, such as "Jeep's Blues" for Johnny Hodges, "Concerto for Cootie" for Cootie Williams, which later became "Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me" with Bob Russell's lyrics, and "The Mooche" for Tricky Sam Nanton and Bubber Miley. He also recorded songs written by his bandsmen, such as Juan Tizol's "Caravan" and "Perdido" which brought the "Spanish Tinge" to big-band jazz. Several members of the orchestra remained there for several decades. After 1941, he frequently collaborated with composer-arranger-pianist Billy Strayhorn, whom he called his "writing and arranging companion."[5] Ellington recorded for many American record companies, and appeared in several films.

May 2018
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Wednesday May 16, 2018 (5/16/2018)
Method: May 16th on Gregorian calendar
Length: 7 days
Period: 1 year
delete iconadd icon25 days until Malcolm X Day
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Saturday May 19, 2018 (5/19/2018)
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Friday May 25, 2018 (5/25/2018)
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June 2018
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Monday June 4, 2018 (6/4/2018)
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delete iconadd icon56 days until Juneteenth
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Tuesday June 19, 2018 (6/19/2018)
Method: June 19th on Gregorian calendar
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August 2018
delete iconadd icon115 days until Marcus Garvey Day
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Friday August 17, 2018 (8/17/2018)
Method: August 17th on Gregorian calendar
Length: 1 day
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October 2018
delete iconadd icon167 days until Indigenous Peoples Day
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Monday October 8, 2018 (10/8/2018)
Method: Second Monday of October on Gregorian calendar
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December 2018
delete iconadd icon246 days until Kwanzaa
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Wednesday December 26, 2018 (12/26/2018)
Method: December 26th on Gregorian calendar
Length: 7 days
Period: 1 year
January 2019
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Tuesday January 8, 2019 (1/8/2019)
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Length: 1 day
Period: 1 year
delete iconadd icon272 days until Martin Luther King Day
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Monday January 21, 2019 (1/21/2019)
Method: third Monday of January on Gregorian calendar
Length: 1 day
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February 2019
delete iconadd icon283 days until Black History Month
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Friday February 1, 2019 (2/1/2019)
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Period: 1 year
delete iconadd icon296 days until Frederick Douglass Day
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Thursday February 14, 2019 (2/14/2019)
Method: February 14th on Gregorian calendar
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Period: 1 year
March 2019
delete iconadd icon314 days until Myrtilla Miner Day
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Monday March 4, 2019 (3/4/2019)
Method: March 4th on Gregorian calendar
Length: 1 day
Period: 1 year
delete iconadd icon315 days until Crispus Attucks Day
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Tuesday March 5, 2019 (3/5/2019)
Method: March 5th on Gregorian calendar
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delete iconadd icon320 days until Harriet Tubman Day
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Sunday March 10, 2019 (3/10/2019)
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April 2019
delete iconadd icon350 days until Paul Robeson Day
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Tuesday April 9, 2019 (4/9/2019)
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delete iconadd icon357 days until Emancipation Day
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Tuesday April 16, 2019 (4/16/2019)
Method: April 16th on Gregorian calendar
Length: 1 day
Period: 1 year

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