the Club McKenzie: Your 1920s Jazz Speakeasy

Series produced by Guy Rathbun

Caption: Joe "King" Oliver
Joe "King" Oliver 

A weekly program of Music and Stories for "The Jazz Age."

Across the spectrum of pop and jazz from the late teens to the early 1930s, this weekly series from the Club McKenzie invites you the share in the talents and tales of the musicians and performers that created an unforgettable era.


356 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Also known as Swing Street, or among musicians of the 1920s and ‘30s … The Street.

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This program is devoted to those pioneering jazz violinists of the 1920s and ‘30s.

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Chicago 1920s
During the 1920s, Chicago was the center of musical creativity.

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Andy Secrest, cornet
The friends who surrounded Bix Beiderbecke in the 1920s is virtually a who's who in jazz. There wasn't one who didn't admire the man who played no ...

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Ma Rainey
Before the electrical recording process was invented, vocalists had to sing into a large pick up horn. Women were disadvantaged because their voice...

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Graystone Ballroom
Detroit isn’t usually thought of as an active jazz center in the 1920s, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Fact is, Detroit boasted one o...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: sheet music for the Hot Chocolates
In the 1920s and early '30s, musical reviews became the rage. There was always an irrelevant story line that threaded threw the performances, but i...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s street musician
There’s a very good reason why so many songs in the 1920s relate to streets: Basin Street and Vine Street Blues for example. This is a result of mu...

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  • Added: Aug 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Louis Armstrong
Although Louis Armstrong is remembered as the best New Orleans trumpet, he’s also vividly remembered as a creative vocalist. What made him so diffe...

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s New Orleans
Those jazz musicians who didn’t leave for the Big Apple or the Windy City in the 1920s were left without a way for their music to be heard beyond N...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Henry "Red" Allen
Allen brought his musical talents from New Orleans to New York in the early 1920s when he left his steamboat band in St. Louis. Throughout his care...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Richard M. Jones
Here are selections from the earliest recordings of pianist and composer Richard M. Jones, who had several hundred songs to his credit including ja...

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Irving Mills
Although he wasn’t a professional musician, the name Irving Mills is stamped on the entire music scene in “The City of Lights.” Leader of the Hots...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Lyricist Mort Dixon
Some of the best remember, snappiest tunes of the Jazz Age were superb, but not all. Some are remembered for the twist and turns in their lyrics, n...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s piano
As jazz progressed through the 1920s, it became more complex. Composers and musicians were constantly searching for a better way to express their i...

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  • Added: Jul 05, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Cole Porter
It seems that, in the 1920s and early ‘30s folks spent more time complimenting each other. So much so that Cole Porter decided he would write a son...

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: James P. Johnson
Music from the father of Stride piano, James P. Johnson, and his prize student, Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller - 1928-1934.

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  • Added: Jun 21, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Sidney Bechet
The most recognizable voices of early jazz are heard in this show, as well as some of their better known recordings.

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jack Teagarden
Jack Teagarden and Pee Wee Russell: They each approached their music very differently. At the same time, that’s what made them similar.

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  • Added: May 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s Prohabitionists
During prohibition train fare to Canada was considerably cheaper than dealing with the mob syndicate that controlled liquor distribution. Not only ...

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  • Added: May 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1