US Postal Service to release new jazz stamp

On March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Postal Service will issue a Jazz commemorative stamp (Forever® priced at 44-cents), in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp was designed by Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, Virginia.

From the USPS website:

The U.S. Postal Service® is proud to pay tribute to jazz, America’s musical gift to the world, and to the musicians who play it on festival stages as well as in studios, clubs and concert halls. Art Director, Howard Paine, designed the stamp to showcase the work of Paul Rogers, an artist living in Pasadena, California. In creating the art for the stamp, originally using ink on paper and then finishing his work digitally, Rogers explored the way images could become a visual equivalent of jazz music. He was inspired by the cover art from vintage jazz record albums — work that captured the music’s improvisational quality while built on a clear understanding of its underlying structure.

The Jazz (Forever®) commemorative stamp is available as a Strip of 4 stamps, a Block of 10 stamps, or a Pane of 20 stamps.