The Postal Service honores Jazz Musicians with the issuance of ten 32-cent commemorative stamps, in a pane of 20, on September 16, 1995 in Monterey, California, at the Monterey Jazz Festival. The stamps, designed by Dean Mitchell of Overland Park, Kansas, and Thomas Blackshear of Colorado Springs, Colorado, feature pianists Eubie Blake, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Erroll Garner, and Thelonious Monk; saxophonists Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane; cornetist Louis Armstrong; and bassist Charles Mingus.
The Jazz Musicians stamps were issued as the last addition of 1995 to the Postal Service's Legends of American Music Stamp series. This series began in 1993 and has featured all generations of American music, including folk, classical, and gospel. Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd. printed the stamps in the offset process.