The Great American Dixieland Jazz Festival Button

The Great American Dixieland Jazz Festival Button

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This button is from The Great American Dixieland Jazz Festival in San Diego, in 1988. It is a made of light blue paper with dark blue and orange ink covered with a clear film, on a round two-piece metal button with a pin back. There is an image of clarinet and trumpet players on the front. The button is printed:


The non-profit organization, America’s Finest City Dixieland Jazz Society (AFCDJS) in San Diego, California, held its first Great American Dixieland Jazz Festival, in 1979. The festival now known as The San Diego Jazz Fest & Swing Extravaganza is held every Thanksgiving weekend. The organization supports the San Diego traditional jazz community with monthly concerts, education programs, publication of a newsletter, an adult traditional Jazz camp, and a lending library of small band music.

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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Object Name
date made
Levin, Floyd
place made
United States: California, San Diego
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 1/4 in x 3 1/8 in; x.635 cm x 7.9375 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Lucille Levin
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