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.


404 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: 1920s flapper
Here are a few of the many stories surrounding the term jazz.

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Paul Whiteman
Although bandleaders Paul Whiteman and Jean Goldkette were competitors in the 1920s, through their careers they remained friendly rivals.

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  • Added: Jun 30, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Canal St., New Orleans
This program visits with the early New Orleans musicians. After all, their creativity is what started jazz on the road to popularity.

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  • Added: Jun 22, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Washingtonians
In the beginning, they went by the name, The Washingtonians. But, it wasn’t long before they became one of the most recognizable bands in the coun...

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Durium Records
As the Great Depression set in, record sales began to slump early in 1930. But one record company had an answer.

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Fess Williams
America’s original musical creation, jazz, had quite a number of influences, but one of those, at least today, is ignored. You might say it was the...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Louis Armstrong
The World on a String: During the peak of “The Jazz Age,” a handful of musicians captured the imagination of an adoring public.

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  • Added: May 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Merle Johnston
This program can also be titled "Unusual Patterns in Jazz."

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  • Added: May 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Don Redman
Two of the most influential arrangers in early big band jazz were Don Redman and Bill Challis.

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  • Added: May 11, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Stompin'
The evolution of "The Stomp" goes back several hundred years,but when jazz began incorporating the phrase into the music, it took on a completely d...

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  • Added: May 05, 2016
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Bud Freeman
Although jazz bands were performing swing long before the “Swing Era” officially started, you don’t want to tell the musicians before that time tha...

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: On Campus
Images of jazz in the 1920s are of raccoon coats, hip flasks, bobbed hair, and cars with rumble seats.

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2016
  • Length: 59:29
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Caption: Cafe Musique
Café Musique is celebrating their new CD with several release parties. Their talents are recognized in this show along with the work of Stephane Gr...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Fats Waller
Pianist, composer, vocalist and ultimate entertainer Fats Waller always said his favorite instrument was the pipe organ.

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  • Added: Apr 06, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Jule Styne, Credit: child prodigy
This is a tribute to those creative poets who wrote the memorable lyrics to so many wonderful songs in the 1920s.

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Bert Ambrose & his Orchestra
Bandleader and violinist Bert Ambrose lead, by far, the most distinguished dance band in England in the latter 1920s and early 1930s.

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Lillian "Lil" Hardin Armstrong
This is a tribute to a few of the more influential women who were instrumental in the formation of early jazz.

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Cab Calloway
Singing in nonsensical sounds and rhythm sounds like it would be easier than singing the lyrics of songs, but it’s not. Many have tried most have f...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jane Green
This is a sampling of the women who performed on Broadway and recorded studio sessions in the 1920s.

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2016
  • Length: 59:02
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Caption: Walter Page's Blue Devils
Here is a selection of a few of the more successful black bands in an era when the electrical process for recordings was in its infancy.

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1