The stamps honoring Miles Davis and Edith Piaf will be available June 12. (U.S. Postal Service )
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.
West Coast fans disappointed at the prospect of missing out on another New York-based jazz event can take heart, however. 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.
The events make for a fine pairing given the show's lineup, which attempts to capture something of a musical survey of the trumpeter's influential and diverse career, with performances by Jimmie Cobb's So What Band, the Miles Electric Band (featuring Davis' nephew Vince Wilburn Jr. on drums) and Marcus Miller's "Tutu Revisited."
No word as yet on a special event on this coast for Piaf, whose stamp will be issued in a set with Davis' in sheets of 20. But at least you can cue up 2007's "La Vie en Rose" on DVD for inspiration while paying bills or sending out birthday cards (people still do that, right?).
Those unable to make the Davis concert June 27 would be well advised to give a spin to Davis' head-spinning album "Tribute to Jack Johnson," whose cover features the same image of the trumpeter's arced posture. Whichever course you choose, the mail is about to get a lot cooler -- on the outside, anyway.
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