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.


505 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Fess Williams
Two of these early jazz musicians were among the shrewdest businessmen in music. The middleman of this unusual trio unsold his worth, and even gave...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jabbo Smith
With the burgeoning of jazz in the 1920s, the skills of the virtuoso became more important. After all, the majority of the public wouldn’t have min...

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  • Added: Nov 11, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Jimmy Harrison
An individual who possesses outstanding talent and rises above the crowd. You’ll hear all of the expected names … with one exception. He didn’t get...

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  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: 1920s Motor Lodge
Flat tires and mechanical failures are expected. In order to make a living in the 1920s, musicians had to travel. Frequently, it was one-night stan...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Joe Jordan
From its earliest beginnings, jazz was different. Ok, on the surface that may appear obvious. But the difference was not just the way the music was...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Adalaide Hall
It’s easy to overlook the skill that goes into the art of good phrasing in jazz. The challenge for the vocalist or instrumentalist is to have creat...

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  • Added: Oct 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Fletcher Henderson Orchestra
More than a decade before the Big Band Era of 1936, there was big band jazz, and they brought swing to their music. Fletcher Henderson, Duke Elling...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Louis Armstrong
Improvisation is an inseparable part of jazz. The idea is that a musician takes the melody and embellishes the structure. It’s very much like compo...

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  • Added: Oct 01, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Lovie Austin
1920s Chicago South Side featured an abundance of talented musicians. Although mostly forgotten today, even among jazz buffs, is Cara Taylor. Her p...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Dick Coy & his Racketeers, Credit: Genette Records
The program features musicians you may have never heard. Although very good, they were mostly territorial. That is, for whatever reason, they chose...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Counterpoint
Sometime before 1900, jazz began to adopt various partners in music from the harmonies of the barbershop quartets, ragtime, blues, and classical. F...

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  • Added: Sep 03, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Chords Aplenty, Credit: Vector
I’ve heard comparisons between writing popular music and playing chess. There are the usual, recommended openings, but to stand out, writers need c...

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Sidney Bechet
One of the most talented New Orleans musicians is Sidney Bechet. Yet the soprano saxophonists is also the most overlooked. Had he not chosen to spe...

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  • Added: Aug 20, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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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
  • Purchases: 1