Sarah Vaughan celebration

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Phoenix P&DC Senior Plant Manager Clyde Jones and NextStudent Academy Founder and International Jazz Day AZ Producer William “Doc” Jones unveiled the Sarah Vaughan Forever Stamp at the Lunchtime Jazz concert at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix, AZ. Joining them for the presentation were students from the Phoenix Country Day School who regaled attendees with their musical prowess.

The Sarah Vaughan stamp is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan was an award-winning jazz singer who rose to stardom in the mid-20th century. “The Divine One” or “Sassy,” as she was nicknamed, nurtured her vocal talents in her family church in Newark, New Jersey, at an early age. Her voice ranged over three octaves, and she exercised virtuosic control over it; swooping from high to low and back, she could stretch a single syllable into several.

Working with some of America’s jazz greats, Vaughan developed a talent for melodic and rhythmic improvisation and exceptionally skillful phrasing. Her fresh way with lyrics and interpretive power deepened as she aged. Remarkably, her voice did not diminish with time; she sang with operatic virtuosity for the whole of her five-decade career.

Some of her best known works include: “Body and Soul,” “It’s Magic,” “Thinking of You,” “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Misty,” “If You Could See Me Now,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You,” “Autumn in New York,” “Send in the Clowns,” “Key Largo,” “It Might as Well Be Spring,” and “Lover Man.”

Listeners frequently note that she used her voice as an instrument, and Vaughan herself said that she copied her style from the “horn-tooters.”

The Sarah Vaughan stamp is now available for purchase at usps.com/stamps, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

The Edith Piaf and Miles Davis Stamp

On June 12, 2012, the Postal Service celebrates the musical contributions of Edith Piaf and Miles Davis. The French singer Edith Piaf became well known in the U.S. for singing tragic songs about heartbreak that have been called a French equivalent of the blues.

“If at the end of the song I move my arms as though I’m swimming, it’s because when I sang it for the first time I wasn’t very sure of the words, so I began to move my arms that way to cover it up.” – Edith Piaf

Miles Davis explored musical styles from bebop through cool jazz, fusion, and funk. He was also a bandleader, inspiring other musicians in his band to future prominence.

“I’m always thinking about creating. My future starts when I wake up every morning. Every day I find something creative to do with my life.” – Miles Davis

For more information in this stamp issue, go to http://www.beyondtheperf.com/stamp-releases/edith-piaf-and-miles-davis

How has music made an impact on your life?

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