On the heels of Black History Month and just in time for Women’s History Month, the US Postal Service will unveil its newest stamp in honor of jazz great Sarah Vaughan.
Vaughan’s forever stamp will be unveiled in Newark, NJ, Vaughan’s s hometown.
The stamp art is an oil painting of Vaughan in performance based on a 1955 photograph by Hugh Bell. The cover side of the pane features a larger version of the stamp art, a list of some of Vaughan’s popular songs, and the Music Icons logo. Bart Forbes was the artist and Ethel Kessler was the art director.
Vaughn was born and raised in Newark, and attended East Side High School and Newark Arts High. Her song’s “My Funny Valentine” and “Misty” are considered some of the greatest jazz songs ever made.
In honor of the stamp, there will be a first-day issue concert at March 29 at 11 a.m. at the Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall in Newark.