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.


615 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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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Caption: Fats Waller
Fats Waller's playful, exuberant jazz performances created the moniker of the "clown prince" of jazz. He relished crowds with his playful stage ant...

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  • Added: Jul 01, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: King Oliver
Pioneering trumpet artist of New Orleans jazz, mentor to Louis Armstrong, inspiration for the Harmon trumpet mute still used today, bandleader and ...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Nightclubs of Chicago
Chicago became the hotbed of jazz in the early 1920s By the early 1930s, several major big bands took up residence in the popular clubs like the Gr...

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  • Added: May 26, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Frankie Trumbauer
Frank Trumbauer is described as one of the most influential and important jazz saxophonists of the 1920s and '30s, including influencing the Lester...

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  • Added: May 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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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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