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Ron Hudson, born in Oakland, California, grew up surrounded by jazz in his father's music shop and, at 19, heard Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond, and Maynard Ferguson's 13-piece band with singer Anne Marie Moss, and "found the music of my life."
A graphic artist in New York, California, and Hawai'i, Hudson played drums on weekends and carried a Nikon camera to jazz concerts, documenting jazz history as it happened.
To "get closer to the music," Hudson began covering the Monterey Jazz Festival as a freelance photographer, capturing historic Monterey performances, and then other concerts at festivals and clubs from Honolulu to Port Townsend to Atlanta to Montreux.He has photographed more than 900 artists in his four-decade career.
His evocative "in the moment" black-and-white photographs appear on CD covers and in magazines, art exhibits, five books, and private collections of many jazz artists. His portraits of jazz artists are featured in the recent book Right Down Front, and are also on permanent exhibit at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle, where Hudson lives with his wife, Christine, and Ella Fitz, a miniature poodle.
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