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
$379.00 / 287 backers

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Syncopated Classic has Shipped!!
3 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!!
4 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!!


4 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!!


Downloads coming soon!!
5 months ago – Mon, May 08, 2017 at 06:09:29 PM

Hello everyone!!

I am still ironing out the details on the best way to deliver the digital audio in the highest format possible. Since many of you requested lossless audio, I am having the tracks made to both FLAC and MP3.

Stay tuned - we almost have it worked out!!

Thank you,


Tin Type Photo & Direct to 78 Acetate Recording!!
5 months ago – Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 07:35:51 AM

Thank you everyone!! This is amazing—the campaign is 91% funded in 15 days with 192 backers. I am so appreciative of each and every one of you for helping make this happen!!

A few weeks ago, here in Seattle, I was photographed direct to tin type!! Last week, when I was in New Orleans, I recorded one of Waldron's compositions with clarinetist Dennis Lichtman direct to 78 RPM acetate!! I though you all would enjoy these old school technologies in combination!! While this composition of Waldron's will appear on the record, this version was made especially for you—capturing a live, off-the-cuff live duo recording on an old-fashioned medium!!


Greg Ruby, Tin-type by Henrietta's Eye (2017)
Greg Ruby, Tin-type by Henrietta's Eye (2017)

Direct to tin-type photo captured by Henrietta's Eye in Seattle, WA. THANK YOU STEPHEN & LIBBY!!

Recorded direct to 78 acetate at Twerk-o-phonic Studios in New Orleans, LA with Dennis Lichtman (clarinet) and Greg Ruby (6 string banjo). THANK YOU DENNIS & TYLER!!

"Pretty Doll" by Frank D. Waldron (1925). THANK YOU FRANK D. WALDRON!!