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.


627 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Harlem dancers
A six square mile area of New York City became the hotspot for jazz in the late 1920s. Duke Ellington called it, “The world’s most glamorous atmos...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Washboard Rhythm Kings
When washboard was King. Well, that may be a stretch, but the popularity of that musical instrument, when it was used as such, reached a height in...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Paul Robeson
Ah, summer, the shortest season of the year. Or, at least it seems that way. This show is devoted to a few really hot bands and vocalists who guar...

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  • Added: Jun 18, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Scott Joplin
This program is devoted to those pioneers of jazz piano from Scott Joplin to Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller.

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: sheet music cover
As New Orleans musicians began to migrate north following the closure of Storyville (the red light district near the navy base), it was only natura...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
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Caption: James P. Johnson
Original stride pianist James P. Johnson began his professional recording career in 1916 with the Aeolian Company by recording several piano rolls....

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  • Added: May 29, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Sam Lanin
Largely forgotten, bandleader Sam Lanin is possibly the most prolific recording artist of the 1920s. No one really knows just how many records he ...

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  • Added: May 20, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Irving Berlin
Composer and lyricist Jerome Kern summed up the life and work of Israel Baline (Irving Berlin) when he said, “Irving Berlin has no place in America...

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  • Added: May 15, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Kid Ory
By 1911, tailgate trombonist Kid Ory was leading one of the best-known bands in New Orleans. Eight years later he formed a successful band in Los A...

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  • Added: May 06, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
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He is considered the first great tenor saxophonist in jazz. The first signs of Coleman Hawkins’ potential began to show when he was still a child.

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  • Added: Apr 30, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
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Caption: Bandleader Billy Cotton
Despite the vast popularity of "That Rhythm Man," as Billy Cotton was known, his recognition did not reach the states like the bands lead by Ambros...

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Cliff Edwards with Ukelele
The ukulele became as commonplace in the American parlor as the piano in the 1920s. Today we think of the tiny guitar as a Hawaiian instrument, whe...

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  • Added: Apr 17, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Milton "Mezz" Mezzrow
Sidney Bechet was one of the early jazz virtuosos. Born in New Orleans, he began his professional career long before jazz was put to wax. Then the...

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  • Added: Apr 10, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: John Held Jr.
Laughter is the best medicine. But, it feels that today's musicians may be taking themselves too seriously. Here are selections from the 1920s to t...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Pee Wee Russell
Although he hailed from St. Louis, Charles Ellsworth “Pee Wee” Russell took his clarinet cues from New Orleans. Only now is he beginning to be reco...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Irving Caesar
This program features those wonderfully talented lyricists of the 1920s who created such memorial songs as "Margie," "You Took Advantage of Me," "T...

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  • Added: Mar 21, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: Louis Armstrong
As far back as the 1920s, jazz bands were performing music that had hidden messages inside their songs. Messages that asked their audience to pled...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2013
  • Length: 49:30
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Fud Livingston
Joseph Anthony Livingston, nicknamed “Fud,” played accordion and piano in his youth. But, in his teens, he found the saxophone more to his liking. ...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2013
  • Length: 58:57
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Caption: George & Ira Gershwin
Tin Pan Alley, near Union Square in New York City, became the center for music publishing by 1915. The world of formulaic songwriting – songs with ...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
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Caption: Dreamland Ballroom, Credit: 1923 poster
There is the Near South Side, The Loop, Uptown, and South Side. The hot spots for finding jazz clubs and speakeasies will to violate prohibition d...

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 2