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: The Whoopee Makers
They were best known as The Whoopee Makers, but they had the habit of adopting new names at the drop of a hat. The Lumberjacks, Louisville Rhythm K...

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Ben Pollack
By the time Ben Pollack appeared as himself in the 1956 film The Benny Goodman Story, he was all but forgotten. Fans of early jazz remember him as ...

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jimmy Blythe
This program features five pianists who were recognized for their talents, but seldom had the chance to shine on their own (at least in jazz). They...

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  • Added: Dec 07, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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The Harmonizing vocals of The Boswell Sisters and The Mills Brothers were inspired by the turn of the century barbershop quartets.

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  • Added: Dec 01, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Sidney Bechet
Selected clarinetists and saxophonists who furthered the art of jazz improvisation in the 1920s.

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  • Added: Nov 23, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jimmy Lytell
In the early years of jazz, musicians felt inspired to write about the cities that gave them unique images of the era. After all, each location has...

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  • Added: Nov 16, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Tin Pan Alley
The Alley of Song and America’s popular music of the 1920s, jazz, crossed over in 1917. It wasn’t long before musicians began to revive compositi...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Edmond Hall
The most common makeup of bands in the 1920s was five pieces: trumpet, trombone, clarinet, bass and drums. But, inventive musicians in later years ...

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  • Added: Nov 03, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Fred Ahlert
When you hear about composers of American popular music in the 1920s and early '30s, the names that are remembered are Cole Porter, George and Ira ...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Apollo Theater
The neo-classically designed Apollo with it’s plush interior opened for business in 1913. At first it was a burlesque venue. Later featuring vaudev...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Winold Reiss
When there's a movie chase scene, more often than not, the accompanying music is jazz.

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Walter Page
It too decades for jazz historians to recognize regional bands for their influence on the music.

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  • Added: Oct 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Mezz Mezzrow
In 1946 Milton Mezzrow, otherwise known as Mezz, wrote a tell all book about his experiences with jazz in the 1920s and '30s.

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Milt Gabler
Long before Milt Gabler became a major record producer, he owned a very small music store in a tumble down building in New York City.

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Andy Razaf
If someone in Hollywood were to write an accurate screenplay on the life of composer/lyricist Andy Razaf, few would believe it.

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Irving Berlin
Here is a selection of songs from the early years of jazz that had longevity. Their popularity lasted for decades.

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Early Radio
Jazz connected with audiences in the 1920s, but it was the combination of a prolific recording industry and the abundance of radio’s that boosted i...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Frankie Trumbauer
After performing together in small groups, both formed big bands in the late 1920s. Jack with his tasteful trombone, and Frankie with his distincti...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jazz Dance
The spontaneous enthusiasm of jazz brought exuberance to the dance floor in the 1920s.

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Josephine Baker
All that was required to stand out among your peers in the entertainment business was style, charisma, stage presence, phrasing, and, oh yes, perso...

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  • Added: Aug 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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