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.


392 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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
Caption: Valentine
Love songs from the 1920s featuring Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Hoagy Carmichael, Josephine Baker, and many more.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Feb 09, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Don Redman
Don Redman was a trendsetter, and inspiration for early jazz. His talents extended to trumpet, piano, alto saxophone, and oboe, but his primary inf...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Feb 03, 2015
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Roland "Bunny" Berigan
Bunny Berigan’s rise to stardom, and extreme fall has been compared to a hero from a Shakespeare tragedy. In a span of only a dozen years, he emerg...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jan 26, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Tiny Parham, Credit: Swaggie Records
Although mostly forgotten today, Hartzell "Tiny" Parham is known as one of the pioneers of Chicago style jazz of the 1920s

Bought by WDCB and KCBX


  • Added: Jan 19, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Red Nichols
This is a tribute to one of the most prolific recording artists of early jazz: Loring "Red" Nichols. Although his career spanned several decades, h...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jan 11, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Red Nichols
Loring Nichols, otherwise known as “Red”, began his professional career when he was a teenager. By the mid 1920s he was among the premier trumpeter...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jan 02, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: New Year's 1925
This program is devoted to those hearty souls who braved the cold to record their music in the New Year. Duke Ellington, Red Nichols, James P. John...

Bought by KAAD-LP, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, and KCBX


  • Added: Dec 28, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Broken down automobile
This is a look at the various forms of travel in the early part of the 20th century: horseless carriage, boats, rail, and afoot.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Dec 19, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Broadway
One of the best ways to get new music to the public in the 1920s and ‘30s, was to present it on stage first. Fred Astaire, Louis Armstrong, Eddie C...

Bought by Radio New Zealand and KCBX


  • Added: Dec 15, 2014
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Tennessee Tooters
They called themselves the Tennessee Tooters and the Hottentots … along with other monikers. There was Red Nichols, cornet - Miff Mole, Trombone -...

Bought by KMUN and KCBX


  • Added: Dec 08, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Bessie Smith
The cornerstones for this program: Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday featuring several artists who benefited from the breakthrough recordings of Mami...

Bought by KCBX


  • 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...

Bought by Radio New Zealand, WSLR, and KCBX


  • 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 ...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Nov 17, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Nov 10, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Nov 03, 2014
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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 ...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Oct 26, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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 ...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Oct 20, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Oct 13, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Oct 04, 2014
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1