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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.


321 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Chicago Hottentots
Traditional jazz began its road to sophistication in the mid 1920s with artists like Louie Armstrong, Albert Nicholas, Richard M. Jones, Johnny Dod...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Austin High School Gang
Although there really wasn’t a “School” for jazz musicians in 1920s Chicago, you wouldn’t convince the young Chicagoans intent on learning the new ...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jimmy Noone
This program visits Chicago's South Side in the latter 1920s to hear three of the leading proponents of jazz clarinet.

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Poster for New Year's Eve 1928
By the time 1929 rolled around, jazz had become America's popular music.

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Alberta Hunter
Early jazz vocalists had to create something quite different. A voice that matched the multi layered instruments they were accompanying.

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Chicago "L" Transit 1920s poster
When the U.S. Navy decided to close the infamous Storyville in New Orleans in 1917, hundreds of musicians were suddenly without gainful employment.

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon
Frankie “Half-Pint” Jaxon was a leading exponent of the blend between Vaudeville and Jazz in the latter 1920s and early ‘30s.

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Buddy Bolden
This is a trek through the streets of New Orleans of the 1920s.

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Johnny Bayersdorffer & his Orchestra
If it weren’t for the early mobile recording studios created by RCA, Columbia and Okey records, many of the original New Orleans musicians would ne...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Piron's New Orleans Orchestra 78 RPM
This program is a trek into the streets of New Orleans and the earliest days of jazz.

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Traveling Musician
So many musicians with loads of talent seldom ventured beyond their own boundaries. Here's a sampling of the riches of the 1920s.

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  • Added: Oct 25, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Pack the bags
There are so many talented musicians seldom heard simple because they didn’t perform or record in New York city, Chicago or Kansas City. That didn...

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Bricktop
"I was always fascinated with saloons. As a kid on State Street in Chicago, I was always running under the swinging doors." - Bricktop

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Bricktop
Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith referred to herself as a performer and saloonkeeper. Needless to say, that’s an understatement.

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: 1920s Entertainment
Since there were no rules about where jazz fit into the scheme of popular music in the 1920s, every imaginable fell into the grand experiment. Basi...

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  • Added: Sep 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Piece image
The origin of the “break” as it was used in early jazz was probably borrowed from dancers of the early 19th century.

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Blind Willie Dunn a.k.a. Eddie Lang
Today, there's jazz-fusion, jazz-rock, jazz-rap. It's an endless list. Jazz has a distinct style with it's own elements.

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Thomas 'Fats' Waller
The early years of jazz were filled with talented musicians, but only a few stood out as larger than life personalities with innovative ideas.

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  • Added: Sep 07, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Joe Tarto
He was known as "The Titan of the Tuba," and by any measure he was beyond the standard rhythm section player.

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Flagpole sitting
There was a convergence of major events in the late 1920s that sets the time apart from any other decade.

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1