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.


363 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Sam Ku West
Music from the Hawaiian Islands is distinct. Their steel and slack string guitars set them apart from everyone else.

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Sonny Clay & his Band
Songs that were popular among the musicians, may not have been big sellers. Consequently, there are a bunch of songs that are completely forgotten,...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Frank Teschmacher
There were dozens of early jazz clarinetist, a few of whom stood out as true pioneers. Those are the artists with rhythm, fluidity, expression and ...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Connie's Inn & Tree of Hope
Driving north from New York City to Harlem in the 1920s was quite a challenge. Even though only about 10 miles separated the two cities, the numbe...

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: IAJRC Volume II
Fifty years ago the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors began publishing the Journal devoted to early jazz.

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  • Added: Nov 08, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Fletcher Henderson
The Big Bands were in full swing by the mid-1930s, but the name least remembered is the leader who provided the inspiration: Fletcher Henderson. He...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Paul Whiteman
With today’s hindsight, bandleader Paul Whiteman has been both criticized and praised for his influence in early jazz. Yet, he was the first to hav...

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  • Added: Oct 25, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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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
  • Purchases: 1
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
  • Purchases: 1