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.


632 Pieces

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Caption: Sunset Cafe
With the introduction of jazz to a broader audience of Americans in 1917, there was vast criticism and a trickle of acceptance. Not everyone was re...

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  • Added: Aug 13, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Billy Banks
Vocalist Billy Banks and other male Vocalists join the program this week to highlight those 1920s singers who were not crooners. In the way Crooner...

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  • Added: Jul 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Eddie Condon
When guitarist Eddie Condon and saxophonist Bud Freeman were offered a chance to record traditional jazz in 1938, they jumped at the chance. This w...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Storyville
In the late teens and early 1920s, there was a mass exodus of musicians from New Orleans. Most of them were headed to Chicago, but the lure of St. ...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Entrance to Armstong Park
Congo Square: it’s in the heart of old town New Orleans, and considered by many as the birthplace of jazz. Just north of the French Quarter, the ne...

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Congo Square
Although the origin of the blues cannot be precisely known, it’s generally understood to have evolved in the Mississippi delta, just north of New O...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Ethel Waters
She began as a blues singer. Then turned to popular song with a jazz flavor. She was a movie star for her next recreation. And, finally, a gospel s...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Club Alabam, Los Angeles
Although it’s not thought of as a mecca for early jazz, California had its day of musical inventiveness. Some of the more famous nightclubs sprung ...

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Joe Sullivan
By the late 1920s the day of the sheet music was fading as fewer family members had the musical talent. Piano’s were replaced by the phonograph. Wh...

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  • Added: May 20, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Brunswick record label
With the public's thirst for jazz, the number of record producers increased very quickly in the 1920s. Sounds good. But most of those new comers we...

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  • Added: May 13, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Count Basie
Among all of the wonderful bands of the 1920s, only a hand full had the same personnel for a long period of time: Duke Ellington, Count Basie and L...

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  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Carl Kress
With the exception of the piano, stringed instruments were the outsiders in early jazz. They were restricted to the rhythm section, and not conside...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Fats Waller
A look at the origins of the word “jazz”. Would you believe that the root of the word is absolutely not what you think it is? After all this time, ...

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Kid Ory
When musicians began migrating north to Chicago in 1917, there was one item that was a must. Besides their suitcase and instrument, they had to hav...

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  • Added: Apr 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Irving Berlin
Three of the biggest names in 20th century popular music. All of them started their careers before jazz reached north of Kansas City, but years lat...

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Fess Williams
Second cousins, you might say. As jazz evolved, it adopted many other musical genres. Vaudeville was a natural. It welcomed the peculiar and experi...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Lionel Hampton
The Blues was never expected to join the British royalty, but in the 1920s, the musical genre morphed and shifted its course. When jazz melded with...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Earl HInes
A commonly used word for someone who played piano. Three of those artists are featured. One from the south, Jelly Roll Morton, East, Duke Ellington...

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  • Added: Mar 18, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Red Onion Jazz Babies , Credit: 78 RPM Record
Buzz translates to rumor, and if Chicago was anything in the 1920s jazz and rumor were the glue. There was constant buss around political intrigue,...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Prohibionists
The fixture of the 1920s and early ‘30s was a result of the Volstead Act that introduced America to prohibition, and fostered the nightclubs that s...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1