Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival Button

Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival Button

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This button is from the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival in Davenport, Iowa, in 1995. It is made of black paper with black, red, blue, and yellow ink covered with a clear film, on a two-piece metal button with a pin back. The button is printed:

BIX BEIDERBECKE
Bix:
The Chicago Years
19 [image of stamp with Beiderbecke] 95
MEMORIAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival is a three-day music festival held on the first weekend of August in Davenport, Iowa, to commemorate home-town jazz musician and composer Leon Bismark “Bix” Beiderbecke (1903-1931).

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
1995
depicted (sitter)
Beiderbecke, Bix
user
Levin, Floyd
place made
United States: Iowa, Davenport
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 in; x 7.62 cm
ID Number
2011.3086.074
nonaccession number
2011.3086
catalog number
2011.3086.075
Credit Line
Gift of Lucille Levin
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