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.


381 Pieces

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Caption: Broadway 1920s
This is a selection of hits from the Broadway stage and the movies in the 1920s and early ‘30s. But, there's one sleeper

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Scott Robinson
This is a showpiece for today’s musicians performing music of the 1920s coupled with the original artists.

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Fess Williams
Jazz didn’t emerge from a vacuum. It was an amalgamation of several musical forms including blues, skiffle, the call and response, vaudeville, and ...

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  • Added: Aug 26, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Coleman Hawkins
This is a look at four inventive musicians who pioneered the early stages of jazz: Fletcher Henderson, Duke Ellington, Colman Hawkins and Frankie T...

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  • Added: Aug 20, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Don Redman
By the mid 1920s jazz was established as the primary popular music in America. But, the musicians were not satisfied with just being on top. They h...

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  • Added: Aug 11, 2015
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Baby Dodds
As Big Band Swing began to fade in popularity, the musicians of the 1920s saw their chance at reviving their music.

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Charles "Buddy" Rogers
During the early years of jazz, vocalists had to experiment with the best way to compliment musicians that specialized in improvisation and counter...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Blossom Seeley
Before the 1920s it was almost unheard of for female vocalists to record popular music. That is unless they were singing a number from their Broadw...

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  • Added: Jul 21, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Louis Metcalf
Louis Metcalf was an inventive jazz cornet and trumpet artist best remembered for his short stint with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in 1927.

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Blue Rhythm Band
By 1930 Irving Mills had the world on a string. His music publishing business was booming, and he began to expand his control over his musicians.

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2015
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Irving Mills
He may not have been much of a musician, but Irving Mills was enough of an entrepreneur to understand the value of popular music. Jazz was its name.

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  • Added: Jun 30, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Crescent City Orchestra
Sleepers: Those wonderfully talented band of the last 1920s who were kept in the dark. Somehow, despite their inventiveness, they never reached a l...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Hot Five
When Okey Records approached Louis Armstrong with the idea of forming his own studio band to bring hot jazz to the American public, Louis jumped at...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Gene Karos
In 1931, a fresh new band recorded its first four sides at the Victor Studios, New York City. This young band dared to buck the trend by playing ho...

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Beale Street, Memphis, TN
Memphis Tennessee became a musical Mecca in the 1920s, and Beale Street was its center. W.C. Handy was arguably the most influential composer sprea...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: King Oliver
The earliest jazz big bands had swing, yet they are not considered part of the “Swing Era.” Part of the reasoning behind that is simply the need to...

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  • Added: May 26, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang
The all-star battery mates, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang met in high school. Both were violinist, but Eddie eventually switched to guitar. They became...

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  • Added: May 19, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Piece image
The music of Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael performed by musicians in the 1920s to the 1990s.

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  • Added: May 13, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Sidney Bechet
Several pioneers of jazz made their way overseas to perform for a European audience that, in many cases, were far more receptive of their music tha...

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  • Added: May 05, 2015
  • Length: 58:58
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Caption: Zutty Singleton
“Back Beat” is used as a reference to Rock & Roll denoting the 2nd and 4th beats, however, in this case, it fits for the pioneer percussionists of ...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2