Greg Ruby & Paul de Barros – Seattle’s Syncopated Classic(Book & Sheet Music)


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Published: 2017

Publisher:  Greg Ruby Music

Soft Cover


•a complete reprint of Frank D. Waldron’s Syncopated Classic book from 1924

•lead sheets to Waldron’s original compositions

•biographical essay by Paul de Barros and Greg Ruby

•reproductions of rare photographs from Waldron’s life and career

•unique download codes for two albums of music:

-recordings of Syncopated Classic in its original instrumentation by Jacob Zimmerman (saxophone) and Dalton Ridenhour (piano)

-recordings of Frank Waldron’s original compositions by Greg Ruby & The Rhythm Runners


“The lush forests and majestic mountains of the Pacific Northwest rarely pop up in the public imagination when the early days of jazz are discussed, yet a handful of pioneers of this uniquely American music flourished in Seattle, Washington, in the century’s early decades.  Among them was a remarkable saxophonist and trumpeter who not only played on a Northwest scene that included the peripatetic New Orleans pianist and composer Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton but also served as Seattle’s go-to African-American music teacher for three generations, including the booming World war II Jackson Street era that gave us Quincy Jones.  Perhaps most surprising of all, he left behind a 1924 book of compositions catapulting his zany take on early jazz across the centuries.  His name was Frank D. Waldron.”





Additional information

Weight 17 oz
Dimensions 9.0 × 1.0 × 12.0 in

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