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.


344 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Irving Mills
Although he wasn’t a professional musician, the name Irving Mills is stamped on the entire music scene in “The City of Lights.” Leader of the Hots...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Lyricist Mort Dixon
Some of the best remember, snappiest tunes of the Jazz Age were superb, but not all. Some are remembered for the twist and turns in their lyrics, n...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s piano
As jazz progressed through the 1920s, it became more complex. Composers and musicians were constantly searching for a better way to express their i...

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  • Added: Jul 05, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Cole Porter
It seems that, in the 1920s and early ‘30s folks spent more time complimenting each other. So much so that Cole Porter decided he would write a son...

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: James P. Johnson
Music from the father of Stride piano, James P. Johnson, and his prize student, Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller - 1928-1934.

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  • Added: Jun 21, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Sidney Bechet
The most recognizable voices of early jazz are heard in this show, as well as some of their better known recordings.

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jack Teagarden
Jack Teagarden and Pee Wee Russell: They each approached their music very differently. At the same time, that’s what made them similar.

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  • Added: May 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s Prohabitionists
During prohibition train fare to Canada was considerably cheaper than dealing with the mob syndicate that controlled liquor distribution. Not only ...

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  • Added: May 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Hoagy Carmichael
Hoagy Carmichael is considered the most respected and appreciated composers of early jazz.

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  • Added: May 03, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Fletcher Henderson & his Orchestra
It isn't enough to be a good jazz musician. An instrumentalist must have a sense of pure teamwork inside a tapestry of improvisation.

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  • Added: Apr 26, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Gene Austin
In the latter 1920s the art of crooning became very popular. Male vocalists began performing their songs in a romantic, intimate, just-for-you styl...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Loring "Red" Nichols
Sometimes the band had more names than musicians. They also had more work than the average band in the 1920s. This program is selections of their l...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Gershwin Songbook
This program is a sampling of the Smithsonian Institution’s best rated songs from 1916 to 1937. From Bessie Smith and Bix Beiderbecke to Bing Crosb...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: A 1920s Broken Heart
Poets and troubadours have been writing and singing about it for centuries. The music of the 1920s is no different. This program features a selecti...

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  • Added: Mar 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jazz Fiddle
By the 1920s, the violin, or fiddle, had been dropped from most of America’s big bands. That didn’t deter musicians. They just kept inventing new a...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Dorothy Fields
In the course of a remarkably long career, with successes from the 1920s into the 1970s, Dorothy Fields wrote some of the most enduring lyrics of t...

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Alley
Think of New York City. What immediately comes to mind is Wall Street. In the 1920s it was also known as the hub of the music industry.

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Lillian Armstrong
This program is devoted to the creative composers, vocalists and musicians who were so important in the early years of jazz.

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: George Gershwin
It wasn’t just the stock market and industry that saw jaw-dropping increases in productivity. It was seen in music as well. Especially jazz.

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s Mardi Gras
It’s has been celebrated around the world for centuries, but in America, we commonly associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans.

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1