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.


334 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: Gene Austin
In the latter 1920s the art of crooning became very popular. Male vocalists began performing their songs in a romantic, intimate, just-for-you styl...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Loring "Red" Nichols
Sometimes the band had more names than musicians. They also had more work than the average band in the 1920s. This program is selections of their l...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Gershwin Songbook
This program is a sampling of the Smithsonian Institution’s best rated songs from 1916 to 1937. From Bessie Smith and Bix Beiderbecke to Bing Crosb...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: A 1920s Broken Heart
Poets and troubadours have been writing and singing about it for centuries. The music of the 1920s is no different. This program features a selecti...

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  • Added: Mar 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jazz Fiddle
By the 1920s, the violin, or fiddle, had been dropped from most of America’s big bands. That didn’t deter musicians. They just kept inventing new a...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
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Caption: Dorothy Fields
In the course of a remarkably long career, with successes from the 1920s into the 1970s, Dorothy Fields wrote some of the most enduring lyrics of t...

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: The Alley
Think of New York City. What immediately comes to mind is Wall Street. In the 1920s it was also known as the hub of the music industry.

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Lillian Armstrong
This program is devoted to the creative composers, vocalists and musicians who were so important in the early years of jazz.

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: George Gershwin
It wasn’t just the stock market and industry that saw jaw-dropping increases in productivity. It was seen in music as well. Especially jazz.

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1920s Mardi Gras
It’s has been celebrated around the world for centuries, but in America, we commonly associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans.

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Edith Wilson
1929 was a pivotal time in the careers of Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller. They had prominent roles in the off Broadway show, Connie’s Hot Chocolat...

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  • Added: Feb 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: pianist Edgar Hayes
Long before the era that became known as “Big Bands”, there were plenty of big bands. And, they were known to swing, too.

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: New York City night life
They may have been less than 10-miles apart, but New York City and Harlem were both vying for the top spot in jazz venues in the 1920s.

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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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
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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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