[JPL] U.S. Postal Service Celebrates Latin Jazz, Hispanic Heritage

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  U.S. Postal Service Celebrates Latin Jazz, Hispanic Heritage

Last update: 12:31 p.m. EDT Sept. 8, 2008
WASHINGTON, Sept 08, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The U.S. 
Postal Service dedicated the Latin Jazz commemorative stamp Monday at 
the National Postal Museum in celebration of the rich legacy of Latin jazz.

"Through our stamp program, we have the privilege to shine light on the 
diverse gifts that make our nation great," said Marie Therese Dominguez, 
vice president, Government Affairs and Public Policy. "Today, we are 
here to celebrate the beauty of Latin jazz and its powerful influence on 
American culture."

The Latin Jazz stamp is the latest in a long history of stamp subjects 
honoring Hispanic people, places and events. Recognition also has been 
given to American journalist Ruben Salazar, the 1947 Mendez v. 
Westminster trial and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. Altogether, the 
Postal Service has issued over 50 stamps celebrating Hispanic heritage.

The stamp dedication included a special guest performance by 2008 
National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Candido Camero. Since the 
1950s, Camero has been instrumental in the evolution and proliferation 
of Latin jazz in the United States and has collaborated with such jazz 
legends as Dizzy Gillespie and the Billy Taylor Quartet.

"I am proud to join the Postal Service in celebrating Latin jazz in the 
United States," said Camero.

Latin jazz is an improvisational and rhythmic style of music that 
combines elements of jazz with musical traditions rooted in Africa, 
Europe and the Americas. Like jazz, it relies on instruments such as the 
piano, saxophone and bass to play and improvise harmonies and melodies. 
Most Latin jazz adds a complex rhythm section, which can include conga 
drums, the bongo, maracas, the cowbell or other percussion instruments.

Building on the marriage of Caribbean and North American music styles 
that had begun in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Latin jazz 
spread throughout the United States during the 1920s and 1930s, along 
with the growing popularity of Latin rhythms and dance styles. 
Enthusiasm for Latin jazz reached new heights during the 1940s and 
1950s. Since then, new instruments like the flute and trumpet have been 
added to the Latin jazz sound.

The stamp features a bold, graphic design by San Francisco-based artist 
? and Latin jazz fan ? Michael Bartalos. Eager to capture the upbeat, 
energetic and romantic spirit that characterizes much of Latin jazz, 
Bartalos has created a tropical evening scene that depicts three 
musicians playing bass, piano, and conga drums and conveys the 
multicultural aspects of the music, its percussive and improvisational 
nature and its rhythmic complexity.

The 42-cent Latin Jazz stamp goes on sale nationwide today and also can 
be purchased online at usps.com.

How to Order the First Day of Issue Postmark
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by 
mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, or at The 
Postal Store web site at www.usps.com/shop <http://www.usps.com/shop>. 
or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of 
their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place 
them in a larger envelope addressed to:
Latin Jazz Stamp
Special Cancellations
PO Box 92282
Washington, DC 20090-2282

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will 
return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the 
postmark. All orders must be postmarked by November 9, 2008.

How to Order First Day Covers
Stamp Fulfillment Services also offers first day covers for new stamp 
issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official 
first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog 
number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers 
may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:
Information Fulfillment
Dept. 6270
US Postal Service
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
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An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only 
delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 146 million 
homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations 
and relies on the sale of postage, products and services, not tax 
dollars, to pay for operating expenses. The Postal Service has annual 
revenue of $75 billion and delivers nearly half the world's mail.
SOURCE U.S. Postal Service

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