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.


388 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: John Held Jr.
Whenever bandleader Ed Kirkeby wanted his band to record for another label, he’d tag them with another name. Hence: The Golden Gate Orchestra. An...

  • Added: May 18, 2012
  • Length: 58:56
Caption: Eddie Condon
New Orleans, Chicago and New York were the primary hubs for jazz by the mid 1920s. The influences from each location enriched the result. Musicians...

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  • Added: May 10, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Jelly Roll Morton
No one questions the fact that Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton was, in all likelihood, the first arranger of jazz. It’s also true that Jelly Roll was...

  • Added: May 04, 2012
  • Length: 58:58
Caption: Frankie Teschmacher
When Kansas City born Frankie Teschmacher joined the Austin High Gang in the mid-1920s, his instrument of choice was alto saxophone. But, in his yo...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2012
  • Length: 58:57
Caption: London of the 1920s
Jazz Historian Albert McCarthy writes in his book, Big Band Jazz (Exeter Books, NY 1974), “When jazz and dance music began to dominate American pop...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2012
  • Length: 58:57
Caption: Harry Warren
In 1922 composer Harry Warren created his first hit, "Rose of the Rio Grande," with lyrics by Edgar Leslie. From that successful launch came a prod...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Louis Armstrong
There are three audible stages in the career of Louis Armstrong: The years prior to recording when he performed with Fate Marable, Oscar Celestin a...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
Caption: Adrain Rollini
Adrian Rollini was a renaissance man of jazz. Besides being a multi-instrumentalist, he created new ways of performing on existing instruments, inv...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Ted Lewis & his ubiquitous silk hat
He has one foot in vaudeville and one foot in jazz, and he was a show unto himself. Ted Lewis was the only popular bandleader who could show up wit...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
Caption: The Mound City Blue Blowers
This segment on the early years of jazz is devoted to the small group session between 1924 and 1930. Oh, yes, we also drift over to 1945.

  • Added: Mar 14, 2012
  • Length: 58:58
Caption: Coconut Grove nightclub, Credit: soulsafari wordpress
In 1921, the Coconut Grove nightclub was the place to see and be seen. Hollywood stars frequently the club located in a peaceful rural setting sur...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2012
  • Length: 58:57
Caption: Istock Photo
Two legendary figures in early jazz: Johnny Dodds and Tiny Parham. They were at the center of the evolving new music of the 1920s, and contributed ...

  • Added: Mar 03, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Noble Sissle
Bandleader, vocalist, pianist and composer Noble Sissle began his career in 1915 when he joined ragtime-vaudevillian Eubie Blake. Together they wr...

  • Added: Feb 22, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Lonnie Johnson 1920s
Blues, jazz and folk music of the 1920s and '30s featuring the guitar, piano, violin and more.

  • Added: Feb 14, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: James P. Johnson
Frequently known as the "Father of Stride Piano," and "Grandfather of Hot Piano," James P. Johnson is probably better remembered as Thomas "Fats" W...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2012
  • Length: 58:57
Caption: Josephine Baker
Sidney Bechet and Josephine Baker were the most recognizable expatriates on the Parisian seen in the 1920s. If you've seen the movie "Midnight in P...

  • Added: Feb 02, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Bert Ambrose
The music Ambrose performed and recorded through the late 1920s and early 1930s was meant for dancing. Although he didn't experiment with his arran...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Cannon Jug Stompers
With the closure of Storyville in New Orleans, many talented musicians landed in Memphis before making their way to Chicago and New York.

  • Added: Jan 18, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Edythe Turnham & her Band
The early history of  jazz often leaves out some very talented musicians simply because they didn’t move to Chicago or New York.

  • Added: Jan 11, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Red Allen
New Orleans musician who's work had a profound effect on the early development of jazz.

  • Added: Jan 05, 2012
  • Length: 58:59