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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.


309 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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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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
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Caption: Freedom
With extemporaneous creativity built in with America's popular music, jazz, freedom of expression became the norm.

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Sails Aplenty c1920
Songs celebrating the waterways: from Paddle Wheelers and Steamboats, to flat boats and sails. We’ll traverse the estuaries and mudflats, meanderin...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: 1920s microphone
The earliest remote recording units were created in the 1920s in order to set to wax the musical creations from as far away as New Orleans and Butt...

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: Coleman Hawkins
Here are selections from the work of three major musicians who set the standard in the first two decades of jazz.

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Theodore Roach
To whom do we give the title, "Origin of the Blues"? No one truly knows, but there a several geographical locations that have dibs. Does it matter?

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: 1925 electrical cords
1925 was an eventful year for record companies. The electrical process was introduced. Even then it took several record companies a couple of years...

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jan Garber
Popular music of the 1920s was jazz.

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Albert Nicholas
During the time Jelly Roll Morton was at the top of his game, he was able to surround himself with the best musicians.

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  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Don Redman
Try to arrive at a definitive, all-inclusive understanding of jazz, and you’ll be mistaken. After all, the real beauty of the music is that it cann...

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  • Added: Jun 22, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Musical Notes
Who invented improvisation, anyway? So sorry, that’s a rhetorical question.

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Jess Stacy
The stock market crash of October 1929 mark the demise of the music that defined "The Jazz Age".

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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Caption: 1933 recording of top songs
As the depression deepened in the early ‘30s, musicians, like everyone else, had a hard time finding work.

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  • Added: May 24, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 1