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: 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
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Caption: Sonny Greer
This program features a cross section of musicians … with paraphrases from Bill Crow’s book “Jazz Anecdotes”. Humorous stories about by Louis Armst...

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Art Hodes Riverboat Club
Quite a number of jazz musicians who were too young to take part in traditional jazz of the 1920s, joined the Revivalist era of the 1940s. To them ...

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Don Redman, leader
You’d be hard press to find more enthusiastic musicians who anticipated and relished every beat. McKinney’s Cotton Pickers were a young group who a...

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  • Added: Feb 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In the earliest years of jazz, the process of recording wasn’t close to being perfected. Microphones didn’t exist. Vocalists had to belt out their ...

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  • Added: Feb 04, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: young Sidney Bechet
Soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet is among the giants of early jazz. An equal of Louis Armstrong. Yet, he is not that well remembered. Part of the ...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: James P. Johnson
Master and pupil, James P. Johnson and Thomas “Fats” Waller. James P. created stride. He and Fats popularized it. Their work in the 1920s influenc...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Henry "Red" Allen
Although the isn’t as well known today, Red Allen was favorably compared with Louis Armstrong in the 1920s and ‘30s. He managed to perform with som...

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  • Added: Jan 07, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Cotton Club
By the mid 1920s, Harlem had completed its renaissance in art and literature. Now it was time for the music to complete the circle. At its height, ...

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s Christmas
Secular Christmas music had been around for decades before jazz began to incorporate the season into their music. When they finally did in the mid ...

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  • Added: Dec 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Louis Prima
In the transition from traditional jazz in the late 1920s and the emergence of the Swing Era of the 1930s … the big bands managed to hold on to the...

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jack Hilton
Jack Hilton was one of the biggest names in music across Europe in the 1920s and ‘30s. Inspired by symphonic jazz popularized by Paul Whiteman in A...

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Alberta Hunter
This program is a cross section of Southern jazz artists who brought their music to the big stage in the 1920s. Alberta Hunter, Sippi Wallace, the ...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Biderbecke & Trumbauer, Credit: Scott Chantler illistration 1931
This program is devoted to the music of corniest Bix Beiderbeck in 1927, when he and saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer teamed up. This is the year the ...

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  • Added: Nov 26, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Eddie South
Jazz fiddlers weren’t considered a core component of early jazz, yet they were a key to popularizing a new music. Eddie South, Stuff Smith, Stephan...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jazzy
In spite of their multiple talents, most jazz musicians in the 1920s didn’t travel to the major cities to record. Part of the reason was the limite...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Josephine Baker
Charleston, Jitterbug, black bottom, shimmy, one-step foxtrot, waltz, tango, Breakaway and Charleston. And don’t forget the Grizzly Bear, Turkey Tr...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Mary Lou Williams
Eighty-eight keys spanning 7-plus octaves, endless variations and creative styles. This program takes you from ragtime to stride and opens the door...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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