Here's the latest wrap-up of assorted links and short local news items of interest:
* On June 12, postal services in the United States and France will issue stamps honoring Miles Davis and French singer Édith Piaf. Designed by Greg Breeding, the stamps (pictured) use a photo of Davis with his trumpet in 1970 by David Gahr and a photo of Piaf from the Michael Ochs Archives. The 45-cent stamps will will be available for purchase nationwide.
* Bassist Willem von Hombracht today reported on Facebook that the Sunday jazz jam session at Johnny Gitto's restaurant that he's been co-hosting since the beginning of March has been discontinued.
* The St. Louis-based HD radio station Smooth 96.3 HD-3 has changed its name to Hip 96.3 HD-3, and has modified its playlist "to have the freedom to add some stuff that will totally fit, but might not be entirely Jazz." The station has set up a new Facebook fan page at http://www.facebook.com/Hip963.
* The Regional Arts Commission this week announced that they'll award nearly $2.9 million in grants (.pdf file) to St. Louis area arts organizations for 2012-13. That's a 6.7% increase percent over last year's total.
The money is collected from a hotel sales tax in St. Louis and St. Louis County, and will go to fund 186 not-for-profit dance, theater, music and literary organizations in the area. Local presenters of jazz and creative music that received grants for next year include the Sheldon Arts Foundation ($61,523), Jazz St. Louis ($19,656), New Music Circle ($9,000) and the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center ($1,030).
For some perspective, consider that the two largest grants for 2012-13 went to the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra ($533,353) and Opera Theatre of Saint Louis ($182,868). The amount received by these two organizations represents about 25% of the total of $2,863,111 that was allocated by RAC for this granting period.