Paradise Valley Jazz Party Button

Paradise Valley Jazz Party Button

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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:

PARADISE VALLEY
JAZZ PARTY 1986
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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.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
button
date made
1986
user
Levin, Floyd
place made
United States: Arizona, Scottsdale
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
ID Number
2011.3086.027
nonaccession number
2011.3086
catalog number
2011.3086.027
Credit Line
Gift of Lucille Levin
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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