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: Irving Mills
He may not have been much of a musician, but Irving Mills was enough of an entrepreneur to understand the value of popular music. Jazz was its name.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jun 30, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Crescent City Orchestra
Sleepers: Those wonderfully talented band of the last 1920s who were kept in the dark. Somehow, despite their inventiveness, they never reached a l...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jun 24, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Hot Five
When Okey Records approached Louis Armstrong with the idea of forming his own studio band to bring hot jazz to the American public, Louis jumped at...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Gene Karos
In 1931, a fresh new band recorded its first four sides at the Victor Studios, New York City. This young band dared to buck the trend by playing ho...

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Beale Street, Memphis, TN
Memphis Tennessee became a musical Mecca in the 1920s, and Beale Street was its center. W.C. Handy was arguably the most influential composer sprea...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: King Oliver
The earliest jazz big bands had swing, yet they are not considered part of the “Swing Era.” Part of the reasoning behind that is simply the need to...

Bought by KMUN and KCBX


  • Added: May 26, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang
The all-star battery mates, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang met in high school. Both were violinist, but Eddie eventually switched to guitar. They became...

Bought by KMUW, KCBX, and KCBX


  • Added: May 19, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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The music of Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael performed by musicians in the 1920s to the 1990s.

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  • Added: May 13, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Sidney Bechet
Several pioneers of jazz made their way overseas to perform for a European audience that, in many cases, were far more receptive of their music tha...

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  • Added: May 05, 2015
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Zutty Singleton
“Back Beat” is used as a reference to Rock & Roll denoting the 2nd and 4th beats, however, in this case, it fits for the pioneer percussionists of ...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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...

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  • 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 ...

Bought by Radio New Zealand and KCBX


  • 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.

Bought by Radio New Zealand and KCBX


  • Added: Mar 23, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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.

Bought by KCBX, Radio New Zealand, and KCBX


  • 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.

Bought by WDCB, Radio New Zealand, and KCBX


  • Added: Feb 17, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3