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Playlist: the Club McKenzie: Your 1920s Jazz Speakeasy

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the Club McKenzie: Your 1920s Jazz Speakeasy (Series)

Produced by Guy Rathbun

Most recent piece in this series:

The Pied Pipers of Chicago

From Guy Rathbun | Part of the the Club McKenzie: Your 1920s Jazz Speakeasy series | 59:00

Frankie_teschemacher_small Initially, the saxophone was considered a novelty instrument frequently heard with slap tongue techniques. That didn’t stop some clarinetists from transferring to the more mellow tones of the sax. But, there is one other reason for the shift: The clarinet technology of the 1920s was not nearly what it is today. They were made of different materials, and key mechanisms were not as refined. This could affect the instrument's intonation, response, and overall playability, requiring musicians to adapt their playing techniques. Nevertheless, some persevered.