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.


468 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: young Sidney Bechet
Soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet is among the giants of early jazz. An equal of Louis Armstrong. Yet, he is not that well remembered. Part of the ...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: James P. Johnson
Master and pupil, James P. Johnson and Thomas “Fats” Waller. James P. created stride. He and Fats popularized it. Their work in the 1920s influenc...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Henry "Red" Allen
Although the isn’t as well known today, Red Allen was favorably compared with Louis Armstrong in the 1920s and ‘30s. He managed to perform with som...

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  • Added: Jan 07, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Cotton Club
By the mid 1920s, Harlem had completed its renaissance in art and literature. Now it was time for the music to complete the circle. At its height, ...

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s Christmas
Secular Christmas music had been around for decades before jazz began to incorporate the season into their music. When they finally did in the mid ...

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  • Added: Dec 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Louis Prima
In the transition from traditional jazz in the late 1920s and the emergence of the Swing Era of the 1930s … the big bands managed to hold on to the...

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jack Hilton
Jack Hilton was one of the biggest names in music across Europe in the 1920s and ‘30s. Inspired by symphonic jazz popularized by Paul Whiteman in A...

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Alberta Hunter
This program is a cross section of Southern jazz artists who brought their music to the big stage in the 1920s. Alberta Hunter, Sippi Wallace, the ...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Biderbecke & Trumbauer, Credit: Scott Chantler illistration 1931
This program is devoted to the music of corniest Bix Beiderbeck in 1927, when he and saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer teamed up. This is the year the ...

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  • Added: Nov 26, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Eddie South
Jazz fiddlers weren’t considered a core component of early jazz, yet they were a key to popularizing a new music. Eddie South, Stuff Smith, Stephan...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jazzy
In spite of their multiple talents, most jazz musicians in the 1920s didn’t travel to the major cities to record. Part of the reason was the limite...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Josephine Baker
Charleston, Jitterbug, black bottom, shimmy, one-step foxtrot, waltz, tango, Breakaway and Charleston. And don’t forget the Grizzly Bear, Turkey Tr...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Mary Lou Williams
Eighty-eight keys spanning 7-plus octaves, endless variations and creative styles. This program takes you from ragtime to stride and opens the door...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Buddy Bolden
In the more than 150 years of Mardi Gras there was a king. Each crew or tribe had their king, and the overall parade was represented by and King an...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Woody Walder
This program highlights the musicians who performed with Benny Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra. The swinging, bluesy sound that became known as “Kans...

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  • Added: Oct 16, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: McKinney's Cotton Pickers
A creative explosion occurred in the world of jazz in the years between WWI and the Great Depression. The electrical process allowed the musicians ...

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  • Added: Oct 09, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: blanche Calloway
This program provides a glimpse into the careers of four of the most influential female vocalists in early jazz. Ethel Waters, Eva Taylor, Blanche ...

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  • Added: Oct 02, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Lil Hardin
This program features the pianists who were instrumental in melding popular music and jazz in the 1920s. Without their influence, American’s origin...

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  • Added: Sep 25, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Earl Hines
This program features those pianists whose work influenced the future of jazz. In the late 1920s, it was Earl Hines. His experimentations revoluti...

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  • Added: Sep 18, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Seger Ellis
Three major happenings occurred in early jazz vocal. First the art of Crooning became popular, male vocalists singing romantic songs. The second - ...

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  • Added: Sep 11, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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