MUSIC ICON MILES DAVIS IMMORTALIZED ON FOREVER STAMP
The man, the myth, the legend that is internationally renowned music icon Miles Davis has been honored with a commemorative Forever Stamp. On Wednesday, June 27, the Postal Service and Hollywood Bowl celebrated the occasion.
The Los Angeles dedication took place at the Hollywood Bowl’s Museum Terrace with Cheryl Davis, daughter of Miles; Erin Davis, son of Miles; Vince Wilburn, Jr. nephew of Miles; “American Idol’s” Joshua Ledet performing the National Anthem; a performance by critically-acclaimed jazz trumpeter Gabriel Johnson, a speech by musician/actor/author and all around badass Henry Rollins, jazz artist Marcus Miller, and Metallica’s Robert Trujillo attending.
Rollins, a longtime Miles Davis fan and supporter, who has become a family friend, put his own unique stamp on the dedication. His highly impassioned speech stated that he waits for the day the face of Miles Davis is carved into Mt. Rushmore.
After the dedication, a “Miles Davis Celebration Concert” hosted by GRAMMY winner Herbie Hancock took place inside the famed Hollywood Bowl featuring the Jimmy Cobb The So What? Band; The Miles Electric Band (featuring Wilburn, Jr. on drums), and Marcus Miller and Tutu.
Miles Davis is one of the most innovative, influential and respected figures in the history of music. He is credited with changing the course of music four-to-five times and has been at the forefront of jazz for decades, setting trends and exploring musical styles from bebop through cool jazz, fusion and funk. His landmark album Kind Of Blue remains the most significant and greatest selling jazz album of all-time.
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Vince Wilburn, Jr. (nephew of Miles Davis); Henry Rollins; Cheryl Davis (daughter of Miles Davis) and Erin Davis (son of Miles Davis) admire the new Miles Davis commemorative Forever Stamp.
Photo Credit: Earl Gibson