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.


527 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Bud Freeman
His nickname was ‘Bud’, but pianist Marian McPartland tagged him “The Gentleman of Jazz”. Tenor saxophonist Lawrence ‘Bud’ Freeman.

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  • Added: May 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jack Teagarden
He was a recognized master of his instrument. Weldon Leo 'Jack' Teagarden moved to New York City in 1927, and at the age of 25, began a quest that ...

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  • Added: May 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Louis Armstrong & Sidney Bechet, Credit: Amica record label
These recordings have be come known as the “Armstrong/Bechet” sessions between 1923 and 1925. In reality composer and pianist Clarence Williams put...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Joe and Eddie
Giuseppe Venuti and Salvatore Massaro, best known as Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang in jazz circles, started a trend that had a large impact on the 1920...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Bunny Berigan
With his talent, he could have written his own ticket. Instead, Roland “Bunny” Berigan had a very wayward life full of bad decisions and numerous m...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2022
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Ma Rainey
Featuring those pioneering women of the 1920s who put voice to jazz, from Ma Rainey to Mae West.

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Clarence Williams
Two very different styles, but both learned their craft in New Orleans. Clarence Williams preferred the jug and washboard style, while Luis Russell...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: The Calloway's
Six years separated their birthdays. Cabell was the youngest. He entered show business five years after his older sister Martha. Cabell and Martha....

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2022
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Coleman Hawkins
"The man for whom Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone." That is how Coleman Hawkins was introduced at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival. This program i...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Muggsy Spanier
With those names around Chicago in the 1920s, you'd think you were goinmg to hear from members of the mob. This program, features three of the best...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders
The Head Arrangement. Music that isn’t formally arranged is often referred to as a head arrangement. Usually the leader of the group informally ass...

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Henry 'Red' Allen, Credit: Spotify
In the earliest days of full orchestra jazz, there was no cookie cutter template Each bandleader used their creative juices to set apart their band...

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  • Added: Feb 17, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s Chicago, Credit: Getty
In the 1920s, Chicago became the jazz capital of the world. During that time, there were More than 70 nightclubs, ballrooms, and theatre halls part...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines
This features one of the most creative and traditional jazz changes in musical history: Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines.

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  • Added: Feb 04, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Red Nichols
Cornetist Red Nichols was the most prolific recording artist of the latter 1920s. If there was a song, he would record it. Although he became a ver...

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Hoagland Carmichael
One of the more prolific and versatile composers of the 20th century Hoagland “Hoagy” Carmichael is heard in a verity of settings. From his earlies...

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Ted Lewis
We think of the 1920s music as the formation of Traditional jazz, however, there are other factors that are frequently overlooked. The introduction...

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  • Added: Jan 14, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was one of America's finest and most prolific 20th Century composers and bandleaders Besides his lengthy career at ...

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  • Added: Jan 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s Christmas
Jazz with popular Christmas songs and trivia.

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  • Added: Dec 23, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Alphonso Trent Orchestra
Although jazz had roots in the southwest, their talents were ignored for years. All of the focus was on New Orleans. And later, Chicago and New Yor...

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  • Added: Dec 17, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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