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.


411 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Show Boat
When Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein proposed a broadway production of Edna Farber’s novel, Show Boat, their friends advised against it. It was t...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton
Jazz musician Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton was a pioneer of the plunger mute trombone, a creator of vocal sounds from the instrument, and a perfect fit ...

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  • Added: Nov 11, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Two powerhouse saxophonists of early jazz are heard in this show: Benny Carter, alto and Coleman Hawkins, tenor.

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  • Added: Nov 04, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Harry Warren
The melody may set the stage, but it’s frequently the lyrics we remember. This show is devoted to those handy wordsmiths, many of them forgotten.

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  • Added: Oct 28, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: The Original Creole Orchestra
The first two decades of jazz witnessed a new dynamic for promotions. Musicians began gathering in the streets of New Orleans in an effort to outsh...

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  • Added: Oct 22, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
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In the first decade of jazz, many trumpet players attempted to reach the level of musicianship set by Louis Armstrong. Two, in particular, were sta...

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  • Added: Oct 15, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Joe Candullo & his Orchestra
New York City was the happening place during the Jazz Age. Actually, there were more musicians than there were jobs. But somehow, quite a number of...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon
Frankie “Half Pint” Jaxon began his career on the Vaudeville stage at the age of 15. His influence may have been show business, but he artfully inc...

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  • Added: Sep 30, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Chicagoans
Chicago in the 1920s was a pivotal point for jazz. A number of changes were being incorporated into the music birthed in New Orleans, and the Austi...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: 1920s Flapper
Several of the songs heard in this program were never sold over the counter. If you knew the artist, you’d have to request it from the clerk, who w...

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  • Added: Sep 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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
  • Purchases: 1