A Celebration of

Jackson Street and

Frank Waldron

Greg Ruby & the Rhythm Runners invite you to celebrate the release of their newest record – Syncopated Classic – The Compositions of Frank D. Waldron


Saturday, May 27th at Washington Hall

7:00pm Doors Open

7:30pm Paul de Barros Jackson Street Lecture

8:30pm-midnight Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners (first set is Frank Waldron)
Cost:  $30 (Includes lecture and dance)

Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners celebrate the release of their newest recording – Syncopated Classic – The Compositions of Frank D. Waldron. The Rhythm Runners are known for delivering intoxicating Prohibition-era jazz evoking the sounds of underground speakeasies, roadhouses and dance halls of the 1920s and 30s.

Greg Ruby has captured the spirit of early jazz…by retrieving and rearranging the long lost compositions of legendary Seattle wind instrument “professor” Frank Waldron, mentor to Quincy Jones, Buddy Catlett and others… an absolute delight, a window into a joyful, rambunctious jazz past that is too often overlooked. —Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times, Down Beat

About Frank D. Waldron (Excerpted from Paul de Barros’ Washington Hall Stomp liner notes)
"Frank Waldron—saxophonist, cornetist, composer, band leader and teacher—is arguably the most important figure in early Seattle jazz... From his studio at 1242 Jackson Street, Waldron not only tutored the major figures who emerged from that sizzling after-hours district during the 1940s—Quincy Jones, Buddy Catlett, others—his reach extended back another generation. In the 1920s he fronted the Odean Jazz Orchestra at the Nanking Café in downtown Seattle. There are few traces of Waldron’s early life, but he did leave behind one important artifact, a method book for budding young jazz sax players, Frank D. Waldron’s Syncopated Classic, published in 1924...now, thanks to Seattle-based hot club guitarist Greg Ruby, the rest of the world can hear those tunes.

                                  Read more about the Frank D. Waldron Project

                              Click Here  to support this project  via Greg Ruby's Kickstarter Fund!!

Frank Waldron with trumpet, Wang Doodle Orchestra, Seattle, circa 1915, courtesy of The Black Heritage Society

Greg Ruby & The Rhythm Runners

Featuring Charlie Halloran, Gordon Au, Cassidy Holden, Dennis Lichtman and Julian MacDonough

Jackson Street After Hours features Seattle's vibrant Jazz History written by Paul de Barros

Washington Hall is a significant historical venue that has featured many Jazz legends over the years

We are so excited to welcome Seattle Jazz historian Paul DeBarros for a lecture and film presentation about the Frank Waldron Project and our rich Seattle Jazz history along Jackson Street.  From Jelly Roll Morton, to Ray Charles, to Quincy Jones...Seattle has many stories that has put the northwest on the map in the Jazz world for decades.  

Jazz Lecture w/Paul de Barros

Saturday, May 27th 2017


Washington Hall