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.


628 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Eddie Condon
Take a look behind the scenes. For every musical note, there’s a story. For every chapter, there’s an encyclopedia. Hear stories from guitarist and...

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  • Added: Mar 24, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: 1920s record shop
Interesting that there was an abundance of songs in the 1920s about places: streets, venues, cities and states. The musicians identified, through t...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson
Twenty years into the 19th Century there was a string of something new. Cars, fashion, flight, and the arts and entertainment, including talking mo...

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Jimmy Dorsey
This program takes us through the later 1920s to the ‘30s, with the clarinet of Jimmy Dorsey’s creativity to the influence of tenor saxophone of Co...

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Omer Simeon
As jazz evolved over its first decade, the clarinet was the primary wind-instrument. But, when the music reached Chicago, the saxophone, more speci...

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  • Added: Feb 23, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: 1920s jazz band
Southern Hospitality: The term conjures up wonderful images. Primary on the list is it’s the birthplace of jazz. The program is devoted to the mus...

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  • Added: Feb 16, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Although Bix Beiderbecke’s career spanned less than a decade, his influence on future cornetists lasted generations. What is not surprising is the ...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Henry Allen
Two popular musicians who added to the legacy of jazz through their colorful musical personalities. Henry “Red” and Loring “Red” Nichols. Vastly di...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2023
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 2
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As the decades of the 1920 began, so did a plethora of brand-new small label recording studios. They, indeed, grabbed the attention of jazz musicia...

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Jimmy McPartland
When Cornetist Jimmy McPartland was growing up in west side Chicago, He was constantly finding he was at odds with the law. He says, if it wasn’t f...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ma Rainey
Hear Me Talkin’ to Ya is the title of a 1920s song written by Ma Rainey. It is also a book by Nat Hentoff and Nat Shapiro that tells stories from t...

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Zutty Singleton
One way to truly enjoy the earliest days of jazz is to hear directly from the musicians themselves. Only they can tell the story as it really was.

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Bunny Berigan
The first glimmer that there was something new in the world of music became apparent in the deep south. It was long before Louis Armstrong and Bix ...

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: 1920s Christmas Wish
Despite being one hundred years old, this is a very similar scene to what we experience today. In her research, author Betty Owens discovered that ...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2022
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Adrian Rollini
In the early 1990s, jazz trumpet Richard Sudhalter decided he needed to correct, what he perceived as a historical error: that the White jazz music...

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  • Added: Dec 15, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Dance
In the 1920s, dozens of new dances were introduced to a dance hungry public. From America to Europe, people were feeling the rhythm in their feet.

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Freddie Keppard
The early Crescent City cornets set the standard for the decade of the 1920s. This program is a followup recognizing those creative artists who gen...

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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
  • Purchases: 1
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
  • Purchases: 1
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
  • Purchases: 1