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.


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This is not about opera. Instead, it’s the early history of three pioneering saxophonists 1920s and ‘30s that had a major impact on the future of j...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Earl Hines
During the first half of the 1920s, Chicago took center stage in the world of jazz. This era proved to be a highly innovative time for young musici...

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  • Added: Dec 25, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: British Biscuit Tin c.1920
Jazz and Christmas were not really considered well suited in the early 1920s. Eventually, as jazz became more popular, a perfect partnership evolve...

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Victoria Spivey
The 1920s was a time when traditional gender roles were deeply ingrained in society. Women were expected to conform to certain standards of behavio...

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Andy Kirk
On the previous program, the time was spent with the three primary “schools” of jazz: New Orleans, Chicago and New York. It’ now time to spend with...

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  • Added: Dec 07, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jelly Roll Morton
Although it’s understood that Jazz was born in New Orleans, its siblings did not stay in the Crescent City. First, they migrated to Chicago. Then i...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Spirits of Rhythm
An often times ignored facet of jazz is its hidden language … or “jazz speak”. The music wasn't just about the notes on the page but the language ...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Duke Ellington
As jazz became popular in the 1920s, commercial orchestras began infusing elements of the new music into their arrangements. The change immediately...

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  • Added: Nov 16, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jack Purvis
Trumpet artist Jack Purvis made his solo debut in 1929 to considerable acclaim. But, the potential of his lustrous career (albeit brief) never quit...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: '20s Chicago
Guitarist Eddie Condon is quoted as saying that there was so much music in Chicago’s South Side in the 1920s, “you could hold a musical instrument ...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2023
  • Length: 58:56
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Caption: Miff Mole
In 1917, New York became a hub of jazz activity. At the center of that universe sits Reisenweber’s Restaurant and nightclub at the intersection of ...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2023
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Perry Bradford
When the aging jazz artist was hospitalized, his doctors thought they should get some background information on his life, and he told them that he ...

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  • Added: Oct 10, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Count Basie
He was one of the all-time greats in early jazz. Bandleader, composer, pianist, who got his start in vaudeville. He became the first African Americ...

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  • Added: Oct 06, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Duke Ellington
It seems that jazz developed an affinity for royalty in its earliest years. First the was the “King of the Zulu” and King and Queen of the Mardi Gr...

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  • Added: Sep 28, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Thomas "Fats" Waller
He was the first jazz organist. In many ways, it’s his alter ego. He wanted his legacy to be tied to his serious side. But, he was also the embodim...

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2023
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Don Redman
At first it was thought of as an interesting musical toy. Not really suited to jazz or classical music. During the earliest decades in the formatio...

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Carlton Coon & Joe Sanders
1929: For the first ten months of the year, everything seemed to be riding high. It was a great year. That is until that fateful day in October, “T...

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  • Added: Sep 07, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson
By the late 1920s, jazz dominated popular music. Although there was still a call for the dance bands that toyed with the edges of jazz, a little bi...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Sol Hoopii
The first installment of this theme featured music written between 1920 and ’25. So, this edition moves into the following five years for those son...

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  • Added: Aug 24, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Adelaide Hall
All music has merit, but there are those that become classic. Whether it’s the composition, lyrics, solo, or the ensemble, the song stands out. Thi...

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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