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.


630 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Electical Recording studio
Imagine what traveling would be like if everyone followed different rules of the road. Total chaos. Well, that’s just about the story of the record...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Smalls Paradise
Ed Smalls, an African American, had the longest running nightclub north of New York City. 1917 to the 1960s. The club Ed opened reached its zenith ...

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  • Added: May 31, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Blossom Seeley
Almost as quickly as they arrived, they disappeared from lack of use. Slang from the 1920s and early ‘30s. During their heyday, they were flying ar...

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  • Added: May 23, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Cab Calloway Orchestra
No one truly knows when the term came into common use. The original intent was for it to be derogatory. Insult the band and the music by calling it...

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  • Added: May 16, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Tiny Parham & Musicians
It’s not that one brought about the other. Rather, it was a melding of many factors, and during that time, jazz became incredibly popular, as did s...

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  • Added: May 09, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s Snowmask
Besides having the moniker of “The Roaring Twenties”, not everyone was partying. Creative minds were at a peak coming up with new inventions. Who n...

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  • Added: May 03, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Thomas "Fats" Waller, Credit: CBS Studio
The nightlife that blossomed in Chicago and New York in the teens and ‘20s are the thread that laced together audience and music. In earlier years,...

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  • Added: Apr 25, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Winold Reiss
“It was an age of miracles, it was an age of art, it was an age of excess, and it was an age of satire,” Those words come from F. Scott Fitzgerald ...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Joe "King" Oliver
It was a lengthy journey from obscurity to international popularity. No one will say it was easy. But, with steadfast perseverance and endless cre...

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Bert Ambrose
As traditional jazz evolved through the 1920s, audiences in Europe began gravitating toward larger dance bands. Live performances at dance halls an...

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Hot Club of France
Between 1917 and the early ’30s there is a transformative era for jazz in Europe. While the music gets a foothold in America, it quickly spreads ac...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: James P. Johnson
Jazz had to deal with a number of hurdles, in the 1920s, before it was eventually accepted by the American public. Even then, it was very limited a...

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  • Added: Mar 21, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Fess Williams
In the decade of the1920s, jazz evolves into the heartbeat of America. The music is the catapult into a new era around the world. Looking back, it ...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Lovie Austin
The 1920s was a important time in the earliest years of jazz, as musicians began migrating to points north of New Orleans. Any time there’s a discu...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Barney Bigard
It may feel like an overstatement to say, but it’s true, that the 1920s was a pivotal decade for jazz, and that’s especially true for New York City...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Frank Teschemacher
The 1920s were a exciting time for jazz in Chicago. While all jazz musicians played crucial roles in shaping a style that took on the name of the c...

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  • Added: Feb 22, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Omer Simeon
The story of early jazz clarinetists is a fascinating journey through the evolution of jazz. Not only did it play a crucial role in shaping the dis...

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  • Added: Feb 16, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Lil Armstrong
the 1920s the watchful eye of a moralist group of private citizens known as the Chicago Vigilance Committee delivered an urgent message to the pub...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Bertha "Chippie" Hill
The 1920s propelled America into the 20th Century, marked by a stark division between the 'haves' and 'have-nots.' It was during this era that jazz...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Chick Webb
As jazz moved from Chicago to the Northeast an innovative presence was heard. Still embedded in the roots of New Orleans, New York added an element...

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  • Added: Jan 26, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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