Miles Davis and French singer Edith Piaf were both honored with Forever stamps June 12th in the United States and France. Here is a BBC video with portions of the unveiling ceremony:
(L-R) Vince Wilburn Jr. (nephew of Miles Davis) Erin Davis (son of Miles Davis), Cheryl Davis (daughter of Miles Davis) and Don Was (President, Blue Note Records) pose for a photo at The United States Postal Service and France's La Poste Miles Davis and Edith Piaf Stamp Unveiling on Tuesday June 12, 2012 in New York City. (AP Photo/Earl Gibson III)
NEW YORK -- Music speaks an international language, crossing borders and oceans. Today, the United States Postal Service and La Poste of France celebrate a lively conversation between continents with the issuance of the Miles Davis and Edith Piaf stamps. The U.S. version of the stamps, issued as Forever stamps, go on sale today at Post Offices nationwide. The U.S.
NEWS & PHOTO TIP FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012:
U.S. POSTAL SERVICE & FRANCE’S LA POSTE HONOR RENOWNED MUSIC ICONS MILES DAVIS & EDITH PIAF ON FOREVER STAMPS WITH FIRST-DAY-OF ISSUE CEREMONY AT RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART – THE THEATER
WHO: MILES DAVIS & EDITH PIAF TAKE CENTER STAGE:
Jazz guitarist Pete Cosey used electronic distortion and innovative methods of stringing and tuning his guitar to impress his signature sound on recordings by artists from bluesmen Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf to jazz great Miles Davis.
Mr. Cosey, 68, died Wednesday, May 30th in Chicago. He played on several Miles Davis albums in the 1970s, including "Get Up With It," "Dark Magus," "Agharta" and "Pangaea." He also played on the Grammy-nominated 2008 tribute compilation "Miles from India," which featured a number of former Davis sidemen and musicians from India.
Vince Wilburn, Jr. recently hit UCLA's Jazz Reggae Festival and caught up with ?uestlove from The Roots and guitar great Gary Clark Jr. who was also on the bill.
Left to Right: ?uestlove from The Roots with Vince Wilburn, Jr.
Photo credit: Ingrid C. Hertfelder
Combining the twin obsessions of music and philately, stamps commemorating Miles Davis and Edith Piaf will be dedicated at the the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City on June 12. 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.
Miles Davis, the great American jazzman and the symbol of “cool” in the jazz lexicon and beyond, will be the subject of a special issue of U.S. postal stamps.
The Davis stamp uses an iconic black and white photo with Davis, in a sleeveless shirt, leaning back and playing his trumpet. The stamp debuts June 12, along with a stamp of Edith Piaf, the renowned French singer.
The mayor of Alton, Illinois, plans to honor jazz great Miles Davis with a statue. Davis was born in Alton in 1926 and later moved to East St. Louis. Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst said the plan is to put a life-sized Davis statue in the heart of downtown Alton's entertainment district.
Read more at the Chicago Tribune.