Legendary singer Sarah Vaughan‘s image will grace postcards and envelopes in the form of a “Commemorative Forever Stamp” beginning March 29th, two days after what would have been her 92nd birthday. Thus, the U.S. Postal Service honors the famous singer with an unveiling ceremony at the Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall at Newark Symphony Hall in Newark, New Jersey at 11am. Participating artists are the Mount Zion Baptist Church where Vaughan started, Melba Moore, Carrie Jackson, and Jazzmeia Horn.
Dan Morgenstern, the director emeritus of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers-Newark who also served as a consultant for the Postal Service, said: “They’ve had a series of stamps with great singers and great musicians, and she’s certainly someone who belongs up there. And of course, she’s from New Jersey.”
Other jazz artists who have been honored with stamps are Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, and Miles Davis. On the same day, a never-before-released double live album will also see the light of day. “Sarah Vaughan Live at Rosy’s” was recorded at Rosy’s Club in New Orleans on May 31st, 1978 with Carl Schroeder (p), Walter Booker (b), and Jimmy Cobb (dr).