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.


376 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Jabbo Smith
Two overlooked musicians in the 1920s … Jabbo Smith and Reuben Reeves … cornet and trumpet.

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: 1927 Auto in mud
In the 1920s, it was a major task for a band, without a lot of money, to tour the country and line up a recording studio date. If they travel by au...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jack Teagarden
With the onset of the great depression at the close of 1929, trombonist Jack Teagarden had a choice: find another profession, or become a part of t...

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Tennessee Tooters
It’s not unusual for musicians to name their bands after locations they’ve never been. That’s true today, and it worked well in the past.

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Suffragette
As The Jazz Age roared to like in the 1920s so did the suffragette movement. In 1918 women were granted voting rights, and they took that to mean i...

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: J.C. Higginbotham
Pianist and bandleader Luis Russell happened to have one of the best bands in the Big Apple by the latter 1920s.

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Washboard Rhythm Kings record
They were unlike any other jazz group in the 1930s. Over the 6-years of their existence, their personnel changed every time they were in studio. Pl...

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Thomas "Fats" Waller
One of the most flamboyant, enigmatic, larger than life personalities in early jazz is Thomas “Fats” Waller: a primary exponent of Stride piano.

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Paul Howard's Quality Serenaders 78
When the subject of 1920s jazz is brought up, the Golden State is seldom mentioned, yet the music arrived in California the same year it reached Ne...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Benny Goodman
One of the best orchestra leaders and talented clarinetist is how Benny Goodman is remembered.

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  • Added: Jan 09, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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At the end of his illustrious 50-year career in music, Duke Ellington wrote his biography. It’s a behind the scenes plethora of information about h...

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  • Added: Jan 02, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: New Year's Eve Party
This program is a New Year’s celebration of jazz in 1928.

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  • Added: Dec 25, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Vic Berton
Experimentation and inventiveness found common ground in early jazz. That was especially true in the world of percussion.

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Sam Ku West
Music from the Hawaiian Islands is distinct. Their steel and slack string guitars set them apart from everyone else.

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Sonny Clay & his Band
Songs that were popular among the musicians, may not have been big sellers. Consequently, there are a bunch of songs that are completely forgotten,...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Frank Teschmacher
There were dozens of early jazz clarinetist, a few of whom stood out as true pioneers. Those are the artists with rhythm, fluidity, expression and ...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Connie's Inn & Tree of Hope
Driving north from New York City to Harlem in the 1920s was quite a challenge. Even though only about 10 miles separated the two cities, the numbe...

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: IAJRC Volume II
Fifty years ago the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors began publishing the Journal devoted to early jazz.

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  • Added: Nov 08, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Fletcher Henderson
The Big Bands were in full swing by the mid-1930s, but the name least remembered is the leader who provided the inspiration: Fletcher Henderson. He...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Paul Whiteman
With today’s hindsight, bandleader Paul Whiteman has been both criticized and praised for his influence in early jazz. Yet, he was the first to hav...

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  • Added: Oct 25, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1