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: 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.

Bought by WYSO, WKMS, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WMOT, WCPN and more


  • Added: Mar 15, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 15
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...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Mar 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jane Green
This is a sampling of the women who performed on Broadway and recorded studio sessions in the 1920s.

Bought by WCPN, WNMU-FM, WCPN, WXAV 88.3FM, and KCBX


  • Added: Mar 03, 2016
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 5
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.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Feb 25, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Jungle Band 78 RPM label
The 1920s & early '30s were years of rapid change. jazz was no exception.

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Scott Joplin
Ragtime was created some time in the late 1900s. No one knows for sure.

Bought by KCBX and KCBX


  • Added: Feb 10, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Skiffle Band
Early jazz musicians experimented with an array of instrumentation including the kazoo, washboard, jug, hot fountain pin, goofus and comb. They als...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Unidentified band
In its original state, the blues were performed with repeating opening phrases. Melancholy, sad, lamenting tales.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jan 27, 2016
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Johnny Dodds
As jazz emerged as the popular music of the 1920s, it was common to have the trumpet as the lead instrument, however, a few pioneering musicians wa...

Bought by KRZA and KCBX


  • Added: Jan 20, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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In 1915, the tiny ukulele found its way to the mainland. Imported from Hawaii. And, it took the musical world by storm. Millions of these inexpensi...

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Eddie South
Chicago based violinist Eddie South, The Dark Angel of the Fiddle, actually can be classified as worldwide.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Jan 06, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Happy New Year 1920s
Some of the best remembered songs of the 1920 to celebrate the New Year.

Bought by KMXT, KRZA, and KCBX


  • Added: Dec 29, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Ethel Waters
Those beautiful female voicalists who became pioneers in the art of jazz voicing in the early 1920s.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Dec 18, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Louis Armstrong's Trumpet
Here is a selection of some of the finest trumpet artists of the Jazz Age.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Dec 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cab Calloway
This program features three artists who could ignite an audience just by walking on stage. Don Redman, Ted Lewis and Cab Calloway. They were all fi...

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Dec 09, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Irving Mills Orchestra
Here are a few selections from the archives of early jazz representing some of the talented musicians who, for whatever reason, remained in the sha...

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  • Added: Dec 02, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Syd Valentine & his Patent Leather Kids
This program features a few of those overlooked musicians who simply didn’t venture very far from their own back yards, or hometowns.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Nov 23, 2015
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Show Boat
When Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein proposed a broadway production of Edna Farber’s novel, Show Boat, their friends advised against it. It was t...

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  • Added: Nov 18, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton
Jazz musician Joe “Tricky Sam” Nanton was a pioneer of the plunger mute trombone, a creator of vocal sounds from the instrument, and a perfect fit ...

Bought by WDCB and KCBX


  • Added: Nov 11, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Two powerhouse saxophonists of early jazz are heard in this show: Benny Carter, alto and Coleman Hawkins, tenor.

Bought by KCBX


  • Added: Nov 04, 2015
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1