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

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Bessie Smith
The cornerstones for this program: Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday featuring several artists who benefited from the breakthrough recordings of Mami...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Thomas Edison
In the early 20th century there was a recording war - a war of recording studios. There was Thomas Edison on one side. Then there was everybody els...

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  • Added: Nov 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Milton Brown
“The Father of Western Swing” is the moniker tagged to Milton Brown. In 1932, he left the Light Crust Doughboy’s to form his own band: The Musical ...

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Oliver Naylor's Seven Aces
Pianist and bandleader Oliver Naylor formed his own band in 1923, and a year later entered the Gennett Studios to record his first session.

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Triangle Club 78 record
The Club McKenzie … The Triangle Club: The program follows the evolution of the Princeton Triangle Jazz Band beginning with its college days to the...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Jelly Roll Morton
Ferdinand “Jelly Roll Morton” LaMothe was among the elite, privileged few of the Creole population of New Orleans. Although the heyday of the city ...

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  • Added: Oct 26, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Wilton Crawley
To say that Wilton Crawley had a unique sound would be an understatement. He used every technique in the book in the ‘20s, and created much of his ...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Frankie Trumbauer
Frankie Trumbauer’s spend his early career with the Jean Goldkette Orchestra, a small experimental group consisting of Bix Beiderbecke and Bill Ran...

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Mills Brothers
From winning an amateur contest at Piqua's May's Opera House in the 1920s to the rise of rock and roll in the early fifties and their number one hi...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Eddie Lang
Guitarist Eddie Lang is well known for his artistry. He’s credited for bringing the guitar out of the rhythm section, and creating a solo instrumen...

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Ethel Waters
She was known for her terrific voice. Her ability to shift gears from playfully light to low down growl was unmatched. But Ethel Waters’ is also k...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Winold Riess
When jazz enthusiasts think of early violin performances, they may naturally land upon the name Joe Venuti. Indeed, Joe was one of the earliest, bu...

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Gene Kardos
The Gene Kardos Orchestra wasn't know for their hot jazz, but that's not what their bandleader/alto saxophonist had in mind when he brought his gro...

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Swing Street
The repeal of prohibition helped build 52nd Street in the early 1930s. This two-mile stretch through Manhattan replaced 133rd Street as the place ...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Ruth Etting
Ruth Etting arrived in Chicago at the age of 17. She enrolled at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied costume design.

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  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Chicago Prohibition
By the mid 1920s, Chicago had become, not only a hot bed of jazz, but the home of a thriving bootleg business. Hundreds of speakeasy’s sprung up ov...

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  • Added: Aug 19, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Harry Reser
They called themselves the Clicquot Club Eskimos. They were sponsored by the soda company specializing in ginger ail. Under the leadership of virtu...

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  • Added: Aug 13, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: 1928 Flapper
What do frog jumping, transatlantic telephones and sliced bread have in common? 1928. This program is a very brief overview of the music heard duri...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Mississippi Steamboat
In the latter days of the Golden Age of steamboats, many musicians plied their trade with the orchestras traveling the Mississippi. Memphis and St....

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jimmy & Tommy Dorsey
Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey were two very important factors in the formation of jazz in the 1920s. They performed together with the California Ramblers ...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2