We are saddened to learn of the passing of noted jazz photographer Ron Hudson. Ron spent nearly four decades photographing jazz’s brightest dignitaries, capturing timeless moments and committing them to history.
A musician himself, Ron was noted for his ability to capture transcendent moments in live performances. And he did it all in a signature black and white film style. No flash. Just the moment.
Ron had a special affinity for Jazz Port Townsend. For many of the last 20 years, audience members were able to see Ron’s work in the audience section of McCurdy Pavilion. Each year, Ron would offer a number of prints up for raffle, and proceeds from those audience raffles supported scholarships for aspiring jazz musicians at Centrum.
“His gift as a photographer, capturing musicians at the perfect moment, is unsurpassed. Thousands of (our) customers have marveled at his artistry. He is truly a giant.”
– John Dimitriou, President Jazz Alley
The last few years, Ron battled cancer. Despite that, he made it to Port Townsend, shooting photos and exhibiting his work, ensuring that his work continued to support the efforts of others. Katy Bourne wrote a very touching profile of Ron a few years back, and we encourage you to read it at AllAboutJazz.com.
Our condolences to Chris and the rest of the Hudson family.