Colorado Jazz Party at the Broadmoor Button


This button is from Dick Gibson’s Jazz Party, held at various venues in Colorado since its inception in 1963. The button is a round metal straight-pin back button with yellow and white stripes, and white and black text. These buttons were given to all Jazz Party goers as admission tickets and to simplify the billing for food and beverages. The button is printed:

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Dick Gibson, a Denver businessman, sponsored the first Colorado Jazz Party in 1963 as a means to reinvigorate the jazz scene in Colorado. These private gatherings brought together musicians and fans from all over the world in an intimate setting of weekend-long jam sessions. Initially hosted at the Jerome Hotel in Aspen, the Jazz Party became an annual event, moving to the Broadmoor Hotel, a resort located high in the mountains above Colorado Springs, then to Denver. This Jazz Party format has since inspired multiple other jazz parties throughout the United States.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Colorado, Colorado Springs

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Credit Line: Gift of Hilma Carter

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2007.0013.19Accession Number: 2007.0013Catalog Number: 2007.0013.19

Object Name: button

Physical Description: metal (overall material)paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 3/4 in; x 4.445 cm


Record Id: nmah_1317669

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