SYNCOPATED CLASSIC – The lost work of a 1920s jazz composer

Created by Greg Ruby

SYNCOPATED CLASSIC – The lost work of a 1920s jazz composer
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291 backers pledged $12,203.00 on Kickstarter

In 1924, Seattle jazz musician Frank D. Waldron wrote 9 original compositions. These songs have now been recorded for the first time.

Raised in Kickstarter
$12,203.00 / 291 backers
Raised in BackerKit
$437.00 / 292 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

The new book "Frank D. Waldron: Seattle's Syncopated Classic" is now available!!
5 months ago – Tue, Nov 07, 2017 at 01:19:45 PM


After three years of research, re-notation, arranging, performing, recording, presenting, writing and collaborating, the complete book of Waldron's music, history and photos has arrived!!  I am thrilled to announce the release of Frank D. Waldron: Seattle’s Syncopated Classic. This book and music set celebrates one of Seattle’s forgotten musical treasures. Copies are now available for purchase!! 



 This portfolio and book set includes: 

  • A complete reprint of Frank D. Waldron’s Syncopated Classic music book from 1924
  • Eleven individual lead sheets to Waldron’s original compositions
  • Biographical essay by Paul de Barros & Greg Ruby 
  • Reproductions of rare photographs from Waldron’s life and career 
  • Download codes for both the album Syncopated Classic by Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners (which you helped bring to production - THANK YOU) AND recordings of Syncopated Classic in its original instrumentation by Jacob Zimmerman (saxophone) and Dalton Ridenhour (piano). 

Thank you for your continued support on this project!!


EXCITING NEWS - I have created a book on Frank D. Waldron & its heading to press!!
6 months ago – Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 11:58:50 PM

I have just finished a book on Frank D. Waldron and it is heading to press!!

Frank D. Waldron: Seattle's Syncopated Classic includes:

  • Complete reprint Frank D. Waldron's Syncopated Classic from 1924
  • Lead sheets to Waldron's compositions
  • Biographical Essay on Waldron by Paul de Barros and Greg Ruby
  • Reproductions of rare photographs from Waldron's life and career
  • Downloads for two albums of music - The Rhythm Runners "Syncopated Classic" and Jacob Zimmerman and Dalton Ridenhour performing the manuscript of "Syncopated Classic" note for note in its original instrumentation.

I can't wait for you see it!! I will soon post a link where you can preview or pre-order the book.

Thank you,


Syncopated Classic has Shipped!!
10 months ago – Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 07:10:52 PM

"Syncopated Classic" has shipped!!
"Syncopated Classic" has shipped!!

Thank you everyone for supporting this project. The records and CDs turned out beautifully & I wanted to let you know that the vinyl records, CDs & posters shipped last week - nearly 250 packages!!

You should have either already received them or will be receiving them soon!! Please let me know if you have any shipping issues (items not arriving, broken etc..).

ALSO...there are still a handful of backers who have not filled out their survey. Until you do so, I have no way to ship you your pledge rewards!!  Follow this link & fill out the survey (you still need to do this to receive the digital download) :

Thank you everyone!!



Come hear Syncopated Classic played live by Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners!!
11 months ago – Mon, May 22, 2017 at 08:46:16 PM

Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners
Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners

In celebration of the successful Kickstarter & the timely printing of CDs and vinyl, Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners will be playing Syncopated Classic live at concert & dance venues throughout the Pacific Northwest!! I hope you can make it to one of these events.

Wednesday, May 24th - 7:00 pm - Astoria, OR - Jump Jive & Django concert series

Thursday, May 25th - 6:30 pm - Portland, OR - Secret Society Ballroom 

Friday, May 26th - 7:30 pm - Olympia, WA - Tradition Cafe Concert Series

Saturday, May 27th - 7:30 pm - Seattle, WA - Camp Jitterbug at Washington Hall*

*The May 27th event will have an opening presentation by Seattle jazz historian Paul de Barros.

You can see the complete calendar here

If you would like to arrange to pick up your records or CDs in person, please contact me at to arrange details for one of these venues!!

Thank you for your support!!


11 months ago – Wed, May 17, 2017 at 07:49:37 PM

Hot off the press!!
Hot off the press!!

I just received word from Cascade Record Press that the vinyl records of “Syncopated Classic” have been pressed and are entering the final phase of production!! Thank you again for making this project a reality & I can’t wait to get you your pledge packages!!

To assist in delivering the 291 pledge packages in a timely fashion, I have decided to use Backerkit to help me. Keep an eye out for an email tomorrow with the Backerkit survey. This survey will provide me with the necessary information to mail your pledge gifts PLUS it will have the link to the digital download of the album!! Please fill out the Backerkit survey at your earliest convenience and enjoy the digital download of the record!!

A few sundry details about the Backerkit process…

You do not need to create a BackerKit account to fill out your survey, just click on the survey link, fill it out, and you’re all good to go! You will be able to answer questions about your rewards preferences, provide shipping information, and pledge for more “add-ons” if you'd like. You do not have access to this survey link yet, but it will be coming very soon via email!

If you decide later that you want to edit your survey response, you can go back to your survey and change it any time before we finalize the surveys for processing.

If you prefer, you can just message me and give me your information, but answering your survey will help me get your rewards out to you quicker. BackerKit will save me lots of time by streamlining the survey process, automating data organization, and providing me with pledge management software to make it easy to process your pledge reward shipments. Whew!!

If you used Facebook to log into your Kickstarter account, the BackerKit survey link will be sent to the email you used for your Facebook account. If you have another email address that you'd prefer to use, please message me. 

If you have additional questions..

Again - THANK YOU for your support & I look forward to your hearing this record!!