Jazz Club painting with two musicians and a city skyline in the background
Jazz stamp art, 1998

Illustrator: Meltzer Davis

Jazz originated in the African American community during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Traveling musicians spread jazz from Southern cities such as New Orleans throughout the US. In New York City, jazz found a home in the clubs and speakeasies of the Prohibition period.

Courtesy United States Postal Service, Postmaster General's Collection