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Dianne Reeves to Participate in Sarah Vaughan USPS Stamp Ceremony

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Monday March 21, 2016

From US Postal Service

Multiple Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves to participate in the US Postal Service’s Sarah Vaughan Commemorative Forever Stamp ceremony.

Sarah Vaughan Commemorative Forever® Stamp
First Day of Issue Ceremony

The United States Postal Service will release a Sarah Vaughan Commemorative Forever Stamp during a First-Day-of Issue Stamp Ceremony on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in the Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall at Newark Symphony Hall in Newark, New Jersey. The event will honor the jazz and pop singer who was described as having “one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century.”

The USPS FDOI Ceremony will celebrate Miss Vaughan’s musical legacy and her hometown’s influence on her life. As an official event of Newark Celebration 350, the FDOI Ceremony’s goals include honoring Sarah Vaughan’s legacy, showcasing past and present talent from the local community, and promoting feelings of civic pride about the City of Newark.

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service honors one of America’s greatest singers, Sarah Vaughan (19241990).

Vaughan performed with some of the jazz greats, including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Miles Davis. Vaughan’s musicianship matched that of the supremely gifted artists around her. With her talent for melodic and rhythmic improvisation and exceptionally skillful phrasing, her singing incorporated many of their techniques. Her classic recordings with Gillespie and Parker include “Lover Man” and “Mean to Me.”

Listeners frequently noted that Vaughan used her voice as an instrument. Vaughan herself said her style was not influenced by other singers but rather by the “horn-tooters.” Her fresh way with a lyric 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 Vaughan’s other hits include “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Make Yourself Comfortable,” “Broken-Hearted Melody,” and a bravura performance of “Send in the Clowns.” A list of a few of her best-loved songs is included on the stamp pane.

Vaughan won the Grammy award for best jazz vocal performance in 1982 for Gershwin Live! and the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 1989.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp and the stamp pane. Bart Forbes painted the image for the stamp art, based on a photograph shot by Hugh Bell in 1955. The same image is repeated on the verso.

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