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: Phil Napoleon
Phil Napoleon is considered a primary pioneer of jazz trumpet, and his playing profoundly affected Red Nichols and Bix Beiderbecke. He was one of t...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Apr 22, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Four talented clarinetists of the 1920s who came from the Vaudeville and musical stage. Ted Lewis, Fess Williams, Wilton Crawley and Boyd Senter.

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  • Added: Apr 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Jazz Wizards
Chicago was a muddy, windy town in the mid 1800s, but in 1893 (World's Fair) it had come of age. By 1920, if you couldn’t find the jazz you liked i...

Bought by WDCB, Radio New Zealand, and KCBX


  • Added: Apr 07, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: George Gershwin
The music of composer, pianist, and painter George Gershwin. This tribute features many of his songs from the 1920s and '30s, and comments of some ...

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: George Gershwin
Composer George Gershwin left behind a plethora of wonderful music during his brief career.

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Blind Blake
The original blues recordings from the 1920s featuring artists from the Delta to the Father of Texas Blues.

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Vaudeville
This program is devoted to several vaudeville performers who were forced to ply their trade elsewhere when silent movies and Broadway reviews close...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Broadway
Show Tunes in Jazz. This features those popular songs of the 1920s and early '30s that became jazz standards, and jazz that made its way to stage.

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Willie "the Lion" Smith
Stride piano emerged in the 1920s on the East Coast, and very quickly became a favorite thanks to performers like James P. Johnson and Fats Waller.

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  • Added: Feb 23, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: 1920s Chicago
It's the rough and tumble 1920s Chicago’s speakeasies. You had to have a password to gain entrance through a side door.

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  • Added: Feb 17, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Valentine
Love songs from the 1920s featuring Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, Josephine Baker, and many more.

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Don Redman
Don Redman was a trendsetter, and inspiration for early jazz. His talents extended to trumpet, piano, alto saxophone, and oboe, but his primary inf...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2015
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Roland "Bunny" Berigan
Bunny Berigan’s rise to stardom, and extreme fall has been compared to a hero from a Shakespeare tragedy. In a span of only a dozen years, he emerg...

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  • Added: Jan 26, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Tiny Parham, Credit: Swaggie Records
Although mostly forgotten today, Hartzell "Tiny" Parham is known as one of the pioneers of Chicago style jazz of the 1920s

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Red Nichols
This is a tribute to one of the most prolific recording artists of early jazz: Loring "Red" Nichols. Although his career spanned several decades, h...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Red Nichols
Loring Nichols, otherwise known as “Red”, began his professional career when he was a teenager. By the mid 1920s he was among the premier trumpeter...

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  • Added: Jan 02, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: New Year's 1925
This program is devoted to those hearty souls who braved the cold to record their music in the New Year. Duke Ellington, Red Nichols, James P. John...

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Broken down automobile
This is a look at the various forms of travel in the early part of the 20th century: horseless carriage, boats, rail, and afoot.

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Broadway
One of the best ways to get new music to the public in the 1920s and ‘30s, was to present it on stage first. Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, Eddie C...

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  • Added: Dec 15, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Tennessee Tooters
They called themselves the Tennessee Tooters and the Hottentots … along with other monikers. There was Red Nichols, cornet - Miff Mole, Trombone -...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2