This button depicts American jazz trumpeter and vocalist Louis Armstrong. This round button has a white background with a black and white photograph of Louis Armstrong, covered with a clear film, on a two-piece metal button with a pin back. The button is printed:
LOUIS ARMSTRONG FOUNDATION
[image of Armstrong]
Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation was founded by Louis and Lucille Armstrong, in 1969. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating the legacies of Louis and Lucille Armstrong through supporting musicians, Jazz education, performances and programming. In creating this foundation, Louis Armstrong’s aspiration was to “give back to the world some of the goodness I received.”
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.
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