Ron Hudson

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Ronald Robert "Ron" Hudson (born October 10, 1939 in Oakland , † February 22, 2011 in Seattle ) was an American photographer and writer who was best known for his photographs from the Monterey Jazz Festival , where he artists like Dizzy Gillespie , Miles Davis , Joe Williams , Milt Jackson and Shelly Manne were photographed.

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Hudson grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and went to the US Air Force after his graduation, where he did his military service as an illustrator. During this time, his family moved to Monterey , with whom he first attended the local jazz festival in 1959. After his discharge from the army, he moved to Monterey to work as a graphic designer, then moved to Hawaii where he was the art director of an advertising agency. During this time he met the photographer Robert Knight, who later became known through photographs of rock stars. Knight supported Hudson as a mentor and taught him the technical aspects of photography. Then in 1973 Hudson began to report on the Monterey Jazz Festival for the local daily newspaper.

In the following years, photos of the guest jazz stars such as Count Basie , Tito Puente , Ray Brown , Stan Getz , Carmen McRae , Joshua Redman , Woody Herman , Ray Charles and Oscar Peterson were taken , a total of more than 900 photographs in over four decades. He also documented other festivals such as the Montreux and the North Sea Jazz Festival . In 1986 he was one of the organizers of the first jazz festival in Honolulu . a. Dave Brubeck , Richie Cole , Herbie Hancock and Gabe Baltazar performed. He was also an amateur drummer in Monterey.

His photographs have been included in several books such as the Monterey Jazz Festival - Forty Legendary Years, A Paradise Called Pebble Beach, A Life in the Golden Age of Jazz , a biography of Buddy DeFranco, and the biography Take Five, The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond . Hudson's photographs were also used to design the covers of albums and posters for the thirtieth Monterey Jazz Festival. In 2007 the book Right Down Front was published , which he brought out with the author Rick Carroll. Hudson last lived in Seattle, where he died in February 2011 after a long illness.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary in Seattle Jazz Scene