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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.


301 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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