Colorado Jazz Party at the Broadmoor Button

Colorado Jazz Party at the Broadmoor Button

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This button is from the Colorado Jazz Party at the Broadmoor Hotel, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It is made of orange paper with black ink covered with a clear film, on a two-piece metal button with a pin back. 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:

[image of trumpet]

Dick Gibson, a Denver businessman, sponsored the first Colorado Jazz Party in 1963 as a means to reinvigorate the jazz scene in Colorado. These private gatherings brought together musicians and fans from all over the world in an intimate setting of weekend-long jam sessions. Initially hosted at the Jerome Hotel in Aspen, the Jazz Party became an annual event, moving to the Broadmoor Hotel, a resort located high in the mountains above Colorado Springs, then to Denver. This Jazz Party format has since inspired multiple other jazz parties throughout the United States.

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: Colorado, Colorado Springs
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 1 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 4.445 cm x 4.445 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Lucille Levin
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