[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
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
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:
US Postal Service
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
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