The Miles Davis Stamp: Postal Service Issues New Miles Davis Stamp

Write someone a letter. Mail it with the new Miles Davis stamp – available today from the USPS.

The Edith Piaf and Miles Davis stamps are being issued as Forever stamps, which are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Stamps commemorating Miles Davis and Edith Piaf will be dedicated at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City today. The ceremony will include members of the Davis family, including his children Cheryl and Erin, as well as appearances by bassist Ron Carter and Blue Note president Don Was.

A second dedication is also planned for June 27 at the Hollywood Bowl’s museum terrace from 7 to 8 p.m. in advance of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “A Celebration of Miles Davis” concert, which will be hosted by former Davis bandmate and the Phil’s creative chair for jazz, Herbie Hancock.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps using an undated, black-and-white photo of Piaf from the Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images and a black-and-white photo of Davis, from 1970, by David Gahr. Breeding is Creative Director of Journey Group, a creative firm that specializes in design, publishing, content, and just being all-around super creative.

Breeding writes about his assignment to design the stamps commemorating both Miles Davis and Edith Piaf.

“I think that this postage stamp is a reminder of how important Miles Davis’s music was and is to the world.” – Ron Carter

Quote via CBC Music.

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