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.


551 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Buddy Bolden
The tradition of Crescent City cornetists and trumpeters begins with Buddy Bolden and ends with Henry “Red” Allen. It’s well documented on record t...

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  • Added: Nov 22, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Noble Sissle
He joined his first society orchestra in 1916, helped organize a regimental band during WWI, teamed up with rag time pianist Eubie Blake, and forme...

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Duke Ellington Orchesrtra
Long before the age of the “Big Band Era”, bandleaders were creating swing in their orchestras. Nineteen-twenty-seven to 1936 was a decade of expe...

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Benny Moton Orchestra
Kansas City developed a unique style of jazz in the 1920s. Musicians borrowed heavily from blues and ragtime. In the process, the band leaders deve...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Ethel Waters
Before there can be a singer there has to be a lyricist. Fortunately, the 1920s were rich in the number of creative wordsmiths. Not to mention the...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Edythe Turnham's Band
: Jazz emphasized improvisation and individual expression. It became a symbol of freedom and rebellion. Especially for the young. The fact that it...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Lang & Johnson
One entry into the field of jazz that is frequently overlooked is the guitar. It belonged in the rhythm section. That is until Eddie Lang and a few...

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: WRK
The group went by quite a number of different names, but the one they were best know for was The Washboard Rhythm Kings. They were, by far, the mos...

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  • Added: Oct 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Quality Serenaders
Almost completely forgotten today is a little known band based in Los Angeles in 1929 & ’30. Paul Howard’s Quality Serenaders recorded a dozen titl...

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Reb Spike & his Pods of Pepper
A few musicians made the upper echelons of jazz in the 1920s. But, for every one at the top, there are hundreds of talented performers who only rec...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2022
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Eddie Condon
They were a team in 1928 when times were good, and reunited in 1938 at the peak of the depression. They were known as the Footwarmers and the Windy...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Adrian Rollini
When Adrian Rollini introduced the bass saxophone to the front line instruments, several other reed artists were inspired to follow suit. The big d...

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Adelaide Hall
There was no roadmap to success for the Early instrumentalists and vocalists in jazz. They were in untested waters and out on a limb. Nevertheless,...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Senter & his Senterpedes
They were called "gaspipe" clarinetists. Their style was very popular in the 1920s. They emphasized peculiar sounds and startling effects, like, sc...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Louis Armstrong & Luis Russell
Two of the finest New Orleans musicians … Armstrong and Russell … brought the birthplace of jazz into the “Big Apple” in the 1920s, and heavily inf...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Hoagy Carmichael
In 1927 Hoagy Carmichael was a law clerk. One day he happened to hear a sidewalk phonograph playing a recording of his song. He immediately decided...

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  • Added: Aug 11, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Bessie Smith
Although she wasn’t the first blues artist to record, she was most certainly an influential trailblazer. Frequently, her recordings were enhanced w...

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  • Added: Aug 04, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Mills Brothers
There were several vocal groups in the 1920s that specialized in three-part harmony, but it was The Boswell Sisters and The Mills Brothers set the ...

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  • Added: Jul 29, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Piece image
As jazz made inroads into popular music, musical producers realized they had to incorporate the new styles into their lavish productions.

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: 1920s Harlem
As it is known today, Harlem opened its doors to jazz long before the music became popular. Not to say it was far ahead of the rest of the world; o...

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  • Added: Jul 15, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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