Paradise Valley Jazz Party Button


This button is from the Paradise Valley Jazz Party in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1986. It has a red background with white printing covered with a clear film, on a round two-piece metal button with a pin back. There is an image of jazz trumpeter, Joe Newman (?), in the center of the button. 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:


The Paradise Jazz Party was founded by Don Z. and Sue Miller, owners of a finance company and a motorcycle dealership, in 1978. Denver businessman Dick Gibson, of the Colorado Jazz Parties, helped the Millers start a similar event in Arizona.

Floyd Levin (1922-2007) was a Los Angeles textile manufacturer who turned his passion for jazz into a second career as an influential jazz journalist and historian. His numerous reviews, profiles, and articles were published in magazines such as Down Beat, Jazz Journal International, Metronome, and American Rag. He also authored Classic Jazz: A Personal View of the Music and the Musicians. Items in this collection (2011.3086) were acquired from Levin’s attendance at Jazz Festivals, conferences, and other music events.

Date Made: 1986

User: Levin, Floyd

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Arizona, Scottsdale

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Credit Line: Gift of Lucille Levin

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2011.3086.027Nonaccession Number: 2011.3086Catalog Number: 2011.3086.027

Object Name: button

Physical Description: metal (overall material)paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in; x .635 cm x 4.445 cm


Record Id: nmah_1419789

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