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April 2017
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Saturday April 29, 2017 (4/29/2017)
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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 2017
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Tuesday May 16, 2017 (5/16/2017)
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delete iconadd icon23 days until Malcolm X Day
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Friday May 19, 2017 (5/19/2017)
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Thursday May 25, 2017 (5/25/2017)
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June 2017
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Sunday June 4, 2017 (6/4/2017)
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Monday June 19, 2017 (6/19/2017)
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August 2017
delete iconadd icon113 days until Marcus Garvey Day
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Thursday August 17, 2017 (8/17/2017)
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September 2017
delete iconadd icon149 days until Native American Day
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Friday September 22, 2017 (9/22/2017)
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October 2017
delete iconadd icon166 days until Indigenous Peoples Day
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Monday October 9, 2017 (10/9/2017)
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delete iconadd icon166 days until Native American Day
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Monday October 9, 2017 (10/9/2017)
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December 2017
delete iconadd icon240 days until the December Solstice
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Thursday December 21, 2017 (12/21/2017) at 4:27 pm UTC
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delete iconadd icon244 days until Kwanzaa
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Tuesday December 26, 2017 (12/26/2017)
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January 2018
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Monday January 8, 2018 (1/8/2018)
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delete iconadd icon264 days until Martin Luther King Day
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Monday January 15, 2018 (1/15/2018)
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February 2018
delete iconadd icon281 days until Black History Month
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Thursday February 1, 2018 (2/1/2018)
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delete iconadd icon294 days until Frederick Douglass Day
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Wednesday February 14, 2018 (2/14/2018)
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March 2018
delete iconadd icon312 days until Myrtilla Miner Day
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Sunday March 4, 2018 (3/4/2018)
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delete iconadd icon313 days until Crispus Attucks Day
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Monday March 5, 2018 (3/5/2018)
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delete iconadd icon318 days until Harriet Tubman Day
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Saturday March 10, 2018 (3/10/2018)
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April 2018
delete iconadd icon348 days until Paul Robeson Day
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Monday April 9, 2018 (4/9/2018)
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delete iconadd icon355 days until Emancipation Day
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Monday April 16, 2018 (4/16/2018)
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