Innovative Choreographers First Day of Issue Ceremony a Winning Performance

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Innovative Choreographers (Forever®) stamps First Day of Issue ceremony on Saturday in Los Angeles, California! You helped make the event a huge success!

Held as part of the West Coast’s flagship National Dance Day Celebration in Los Angeles County’s Grand Park, the dedication drew a great crowd of dance and stamp enthusiasts. Dedicating the stamps were (from left to right) Kaye Lawrence Dunham, Katherine Dunham’s nephew; Marie-Christine Dunham Pratt, Katherine Dunham’s daughter; Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer and co-creator, So You Think You Can Dance; Ruth Goldway, Chairman, Postal Regulatory Commission; and Nagisa Manabe, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, Executive Vice President, USPS.

The four influential choreographers honored on the stamps—Isadora Duncan, José Limón, Katherine Dunham, and Bob Fosse—changed the art of dance. Designed to look like posters advertising a performance, the stamp art captures the luminosity and mystery of a live dance performance.

We had a wonderful time in L.A. celebrating these dance legends! Our next event is the Flags of Our Nation: Set Six First Day of Issue ceremony, held on August 16 at the American Philatelic Society’s StampShow in Sacramento, California. Will you be joining us?

Satisfy Your Choreographic Cravings With “A Century of Dance”

Our toes are tingling in anticipation of the new Innovative Choreographers (Forever®) stamps, and we have just the thing to help feed your need for dance!

The 32-page A Century of Dance book will help you discover 100 years worth of dance in America. Illustrated with images of historic and great dance-makers of the 20th century, this gorgeous booklet is perfect for dance lovers. It also includes a collectible set of Innovative Choreographers (Forever®) stamps, featuring Isadora Duncan, José Limón, Katherine Dunham, and Bob Fosse. This book is the perfect addition to any collection and makes a great gift, too!

The Innovative Choreographers stamps, as well as dance-related philatelic products, will be issued on July 28 in Los Angeles, California. But you can pre-order yours today!

The Picasso of Jazz

Miles Davis was one of the most important musicians of his era. While beloved in many countries around the world, he is a particular favorite in France, where he performed frequently and was made a Chevalier in the Legion of Honor, roughly equivalent to being knighted. The French culture minister who presented the award on July 16, 1991, described Davis as “the Picasso of jazz.” The comparison is apt: Davis was a creative genius who changed the course of jazz multiple times during his career.

With his understated, lyrical playing and charismatic personal style, Davis became known as the embodiment of the “cool” aesthetic—but his talent on the trumpet was certainly hot. Davis made his first 16 known studio recordings before the age of 19, and for decades after was in the forefront of jazz musicians, setting trends and exploring musical styles from bebop through cool jazz, fusion, and funk.

The Miles Davis and Edith Piaf joint issue with France celebrates a lively musical conversation between nations. Issued in June, the commemorative stamps pay tribute to two groundbreaking artists who crossed international barriers with their music.

Name, image and likeness of Miles Davis with permission from Miles Davis Properties, LLC.

Davis and Piaf Making Waves

The Miles Davis and Edith Piaf (Forever®) stamps are making history. Not only were the stamps the first joint issue with France since 1989, each stamp pane features something very special.

For the first time in U.S. Postal Service history, each of the Miles Davis and Edith Piaf stamp panes include a QR code on the back, linking users who scan the code with their cell phones to songs by, photographs of, and information about both musicians. That’s double the Davis and Piaf all for the price of a pane of 20 Forever stamps!

Have you picked up yours yet?

Name, image and likeness of Miles Davis with permission from Miles Davis Properties, LLC.

Miles Davis Stamp Celebration in Hollywood Tonight

We are very excited to announce that USPS and the Hollywood Bowl will honor Miles Davis during a stamp dedication and unveiling ceremony prior to the “A Celebration of Miles Davis” concert tonight. The ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on the Museum Terrace. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Attending the ceremony are:
Eduardo H. Ruiz, Los Angeles District Manager, U.S. Postal Service
Arvind Manocha, Chief Operating Officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Miles Davis family members Cheryl Davis, Erin Davis, and Vince Wilburn, Jr.
Bubba Jackson, award-winning KJazz 88.1 radio personality
Mark Anderson, Los Angeles Postmaster
Joshua Ledet, American Idol finalist
Gabriel Johnson, jazz artist
Henry Rollins, actor, musician, and author

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California 90068.

Hope to see you there!

Name, image and likeness of Miles Davis with permission from Miles Davis Properties, LLC.