Southern California Hot Jazz Society Badge

Southern California Hot Jazz Society Badge

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This badge is from the Southern California Hot Jazz Society. It is made of a yellow paper card with red printing and an off-white strip of paper with black printing encapsulated in plastic. A spring-style metal clip is attached to the back of the badge. Both the pin and badge appear to have been connected and worn as a set. The badge is printed:

[image of trumpet]
Floyd Levin

The Southern California Hot Jazz Society was founded in 1950. The idea for this jazz society, originated in 1949 by Floyd Levin on his Jazz on Parade radio program. Considered as one of the oldest jazz clubs in the United States, SCJHS was a non-profit organization that promoted Dixieland or “Hot Jazz” music originating from New Orleans in the early 20th century. In 2016, SCHJS ceased its operations.

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
Levin, Floyd
place made
United States: California
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 2 1/2 in x 2 5/8 in x 5/8 in; 6.35 cm x 6.6675 cm x 1.5875 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Lucille Levin
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