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.


408 Pieces

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Caption: Adrian Rollini
In the mid-1920s, the bass and baritone saxophone emerged from the rhythm section of jazz bands, to become one of the primary soloists. Adrian Roll...

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  • Added: Nov 08, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Punch Miller
Ernest ‘Punch’ Miller and Roy Hobson, both cornetists, had somewhat parallel careers. Both very active in the 1920s, and both recorded extensively ...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: City transport c1925
Throughout time, musicians enjoy performing songs about transportation. The challenges of travel are highlighted in this program.

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Lonnie Johnson
In the 1920s, jazz and popular music meant the same thing. At that point the guitar moved out of the rhythm section to became another solo voice.

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Joel Shaw & his Orchestra
In 1925, pianist Joel Shaw became vast friends with bandleader Gene Kardos. They clicked. Their style had elements of jazz, society dance band and ...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Arthur Lally, reed artist
It seems that before jazz became popular in America, the British were ready to adopt the new music. Even the Prince of Whales got into the act by b...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Cornet Red Nichols
Musicians were known to violate their recordings contracts fairly regularly in the 1920s. It’s the old story that the talent was underpaid. So, it ...

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Andy Kirk 78 rpm recxord label
In the first two decades of jazz, light-heartedness and hokum were prevalent. It wasn’t until the late 1930s that musicians decided to become more ...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Cow Cow Davenport
Your environment is your identity. That’s exactly why so many tunes in early jazz were written about the street that inspires the song. Naming a mu...

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Mississippi River map
It wasn’t just products, livestock and people transported up and down the Mississippi in the 1920s. It was also music. Specifically jazz. A vast ma...

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  • Added: Sep 05, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Noble Sissle
The year officially tagged as the debut of “the Swing Era” was late summer of 1935. What can be confusing with that demarcation is acknowledging th...

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  • Added: Aug 29, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jabbo Smith
The legendary jazz trumpeter Buddy Bolden reportedly set the standard by which all early performers strived to attain. That’s the legend. Since not...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Burgundy Street sign
The musical traditions that emerged from New Orleans found roots around the world by the late 1920s. It took some time for Tin Pan Alley and Broadw...

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Cole Porter
It seems that in the 1920s … at least in high society circles … it was very common for people to compliment each other, profusely. In fact, it was ...

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  • Added: Aug 08, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: ODJB
With jazz coming on the scene in the 1920s, composers began reaping big rewards. The public simply couldn’t get enough of the new music, and anyone...

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  • Added: Aug 01, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Coon Sanders Nighthawks
When pianist Earl Hines was added to any band, they seemed to quickly excel. When Don Redman or Bill Challis became the arranger for any orchestra,...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Missourians
After leaving New Orleans in 1917, some brief stops in St. Louis and Kansas City, jazz musicans landed in Chicago. From there, many of them moved o...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s Saxophonists
The saxophone was invented in the early 1800s, but wasn’t well received until the early 1900s. Then it became a staple in jazz. The most influentia...

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Charleston sheet music
Let’s see … Foxtrot, Black Bottom, Shimmy, Charleston, The Baltimore, Lindy Hop (previously, Texas Tommy), Turkey Trot, One-step, Shimmy, and later...

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  • Added: Jul 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jelly Roll Morton
In the latter 1920s, jazz enthusiasts began to hear a very different style introduced into their favorite music. Although the overall sound remaine...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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