Thursday, March 24, 2011

U.S. Postal Service to unveil 'Jazz' stamp at Contemporary Arts Center

The U.S. Postal Service will unveil a new 'Jazz' stamp in New Orleans on Saturday at the Contemporary Arts Center.

At 11 a.m. a ceremony will be held at the CAC (at 900 Camp St.) to unveil the stamp. The event is open to the public. A special concert by the CAC Jazz Orchestra takes place that night.

The new stamp doesn't honor a particular New Orleans musician, as past stamps in tribute to Louis Armstrong, Mahalia Jackson and Jelly Roll Morton have done. Instead, the stamp recognizes the American art form that was born in the Crescent City.

The new stamp features graphics by California artist Paul Rogers, who will be present for the unveiling. Also participating will be Thurgood Marshall, Jr., vice chairman of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, and Nancy Marinovic, president of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's board of directors.

The night of the unveiling, the CAC will host a re-creation of the CAC Jazz Orchestra that first performed in 1996, with all-new arrangements of classic songs. Germaine Bazzle, Ed Perkins and Nicholas Payton - on vocals, not trumpet - will front the re-creation of that illustrious ensemble. Tickets are $20 for CAC members and $25 for general admission.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is a co-sponsor of he stamp unveiling and the CAC Jazz Orchestra performance.

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