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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.


293 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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
  • Purchases: 1
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
  • Purchases: 1
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
  • Purchases: 1
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
Caption: 1914 Rolls Royce
A small selection of top selling and most popular songs of the 1920s

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  • Added: May 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A 1930s Cartoon Character
Jazz and cartoons were a perfect match made in ‘toon heaven in the early years of animation.

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  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Prohibition raid
Many jazz enthusiasts feel that Prohibition jump-started “The Jazz Age.”

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  • Added: May 04, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Touring Car
The dawn of the 20th century ushered in an era of innovation never seen before. By the 1920s it seemed that everything and everyone was in motion.

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  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Blanch Calloway
There is a myriad of possible themes in musical circles, but among the most common is the love theme. Finding love, being in love, or losing love. ...

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  • Added: Apr 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Helen Kane & Betty Boop
Helen Kane's name went up in lights in the in the 1920. She became one of the recording industries biggest stars.

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  • Added: Apr 13, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Don Redman
By the time jazz had been around for a decade, musicians began a line of experimentation. It pulled them further and further away from their roots:...

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  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Sam Morgan's Band
New Orleans trumpet artist Sam Morgan is a curiosity.

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Benny Carter, Credit: Jazz Classics jacket cover
If it wasn't for jazz and blues enthusiast John Hammond, Brunswick Records may never have released the music they did in the early 1930s.

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  • Added: Mar 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Duke Ellington
1933 was a pivotal year for jazz. As far as musicians were concerned, the depression closed a lot of doors for lucrative employment, but it also op...

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: John Held, Jr.
In the 1920s, the answer to that question was an important factor in the success of a song. Every few weeks a new dance was introduced, and fans lo...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Mardi Gras parade
What better way to celebrate Mardi Gras than with New Orleans musicians performing the music of the Festivities.

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Kansas City was a hotbed of jazz in the 1920s. Their inventive style is heard in works the of Walter Page's Blue Devils, Andy Kirk & his 12 Clouds ...

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  • Added: Feb 23, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Louis Armstrong
Many jazz historians look at the development of jazz in the 1920s, and highlight 1927 and ’28 as the pinnacle.

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  • Added: Feb 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council (TFPC)
This program features the music of the 1920s and ‘30s that have been used in films and TV in recent years.

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Caption: Reginald Foresythe
Reginald Foresythe was an inventive composer and pianist whose originality can still be heard today.

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1