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 Davis family is overjoyed. “We couldn’t be happier,” said Erin Davis, the youngest son of Davis. “People have been writing in for years and saying Miles needs to be on a stamp. We certainly have lobbied for it. It couldn’t have come at a better time. There’s no better time than the present.”
The two stamps are a joint project of the U.S. Postal Service and France’s La Poste. The Davis family thinks that is appropriate. Davis was revered in France, and received the Chevalier in the Legion of Honor. “France was a second home,” said Erin Davis, 41, the son of Marguerite Cantu and Davis.
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