Benefit for Woody Ford
Jeff Fuller, Kent Hewitt and Woody’s friend, Nancy Barnes, are holding a benefit for Woody Ford during Jazz Week New Haven 2017, Thursday, October 19th at Fornarelli’s Ristorante, 99 Orange Street, from 6:30-9:30 pm.
We hope you remember Woody Ford, a jazz photographer who has been on the scene in New Haven and elsewhere for decades. He had a major exhibition in New York for the “Jazz in July” concert series at the 92nd St. Y back in 2002, and his large photographs were also shown in the lobby of a jazz production in New York. “One of the romances of American history is the photography of Woody Ford,” wrote tenor saxophonist Yusef Lateef, now deceased. Lateef, Max Roach, Eubie Blake, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus — Woody has photographed them all. At the request of its director, the work of Woody “Stix” Ford – so named because he also played the drums – will become part of the permanent collection at the National Jazz Museum in New York, which is a Smithsonian affiliate. Sadly, in the past few years, Woody has suffered from strokes with resultant spasticity that has left him with significant medical costs.
Kent, Nancy and Jeff are hosting this event to raise funds for him. The trio of Jeff, Kent and Jesse Hameen on drums; along with many other invited guest artists will provide entertainment.
The ticket cost at around $30, and a buffet meal from Fornarelli’s is included. Cash bar. Additional details to be announced.