Before Wynton Marsalis picked up a trumpet or Herbie Hancock became a bandleader, Miles Davis was pioneering the art of jazz. The Illinois-born icon is being honored with his own stamp from the U.S. Postal Service, a collaboration with the French postal service (La Poste) that also involves famed French singer Edith Piaf.
Credited for founding modern bebop and jazz-funk fusion, Davis died in 1991 at the age of 65. His innovative album, “Kind of Blue” (1959) is regarded as “one of the most important, influential and popular albums in jazz.” Davis will appear on the stamps in a black-and-white motif soulfully playing the trumpet. “This is a fitting honor,” said Lee Barham, chairman of the steering committee for the Miles Davis Jazz Celebration. “Before Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, there was Miles Davis.” The stamp will be available in June, which is also Black Music Month.
Which other legendary Black artists should receive a stamp?