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.


377 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Walter Page
It too decades for jazz historians to recognize regional bands for their influence on the music.

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  • Added: Oct 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Mezz Mezzrow
In 1946 Milton Mezzrow, otherwise known as Mezz, wrote a tell all book about his experiences with jazz in the 1920s and '30s.

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Milt Gabler
Long before Milt Gabler became a major record producer, he owned a very small music store in a tumble down building in New York City.

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Andy Razaf
If someone in Hollywood were to write an accurate screenplay on the life of composer/lyricist Andy Razaf, few would believe it.

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Irving Berlin
Here is a selection of songs from the early years of jazz that had longevity. Their popularity lasted for decades.

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Early Radio
Jazz connected with audiences in the 1920s, but it was the combination of a prolific recording industry and the abundance of radio’s that boosted i...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Frankie Trumbauer
After performing together in small groups, both formed big bands in the late 1920s. Jack with his tasteful trombone, and Frankie with his distincti...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jazz Dance
The spontaneous enthusiasm of jazz brought exuberance to the dance floor in the 1920s.

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Josephine Baker
All that was required to stand out among your peers in the entertainment business was style, charisma, stage presence, phrasing, and, oh yes, perso...

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  • Added: Aug 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Johnny Hodges
This program pays tribute to those inventive alto saxophonists in the early years of jazz.

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Paul Barbarin
As jazz began to dominate American popular music in the 1920s, drummers began to experiment with ways to incorporate more elaborate expressions int...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Eddie Cantor
This program brings in those talents who saw the humor in their musical forays.

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  • Added: Jul 21, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Edythe Turnham Band
This program hones in on those two critical years 1923 and 24 when jazz began to transition from New Orleans to Chicago Style.

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s flapper
Here are a few of the many stories surrounding the term jazz.

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Paul Whiteman
Although bandleaders Paul Whiteman and Jean Goldkette were competitors in the 1920s, through their careers they remained friendly rivals.

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  • Added: Jun 30, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Canal St., New Orleans
This program visits with the early New Orleans musicians. After all, their creativity is what started jazz on the road to popularity.

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  • Added: Jun 22, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Washingtonians
In the beginning, they went by the name, The Washingtonians. But, it wasn’t long before they became one of the most recognizable bands in the coun...

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Durium Records
As the Great Depression set in, record sales began to slump early in 1930. But one record company had an answer.

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Fess Williams
America’s original musical creation, jazz, had quite a number of influences, but one of those, at least today, is ignored. You might say it was the...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Louis Armstrong
The World on a String: During the peak of “The Jazz Age,” a handful of musicians captured the imagination of an adoring public.

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  • Added: May 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2