Tom Dryden

Thursday Evening Jazz Host

Tom Dryden joined North State Public Radio as the Thursday Evening Jazz Host in 2015. In June 2016, his “Friday Night Grooves” show premiered on NSPR. A show dedicated to the best R&B, soul, motown and adult contemporary music. You can also hear him once a month sitting in as host on Saturday Blues People and every Tuesday evening as board operator right here at North State Public Radio.

Tom began playing sax and an early age. By the time he was in high school, he was a veteran of numerous garage bands, playing any gigs he and his buddies could get. After high school, he became a member of the US Army’s 1st Calvary Division Band (1971-1973.) Later, Tom was active in the Sacramento City College Music program playing 1st Alto Sax in their jazz ensemble before finally hanging it his sax up and concentrating on raising a family. Throughout the years, Tom never lost his passion and love for music. He has lived in the Chico with his family for the past 30 years.

Friday Night Grooves

Feb 17, 2017

Tonight’s show features music from the Doobie Brothers classic 1975 album “Stampede.” Their fifth studio album, it was also their final album by the band before Michael McDonald replaced Tom Johnston as lead vocalist and primary songwriter. Also on the show music from the Nu-Grass band The Green Cards 2013 album “Sweethearts of the Sun” featuring their sweet and haunting vocals. After that it’s good old classic Rock and Rock at its best, with Journey, Bon Jovi, Van Morris, Carole King and many others.

Friday Night Grooves

Feb 3, 2017

Tonight’s set list includes the “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight & The Pips and Motown legend Smokey Robinson.  You’ll also hear from The O'Jays, The Isley Brothers, and the first female performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Miss Aretha Franklin.

Friday Night Grooves

Jan 27, 2017

Tonight’s show features recording artists such at Diana Ross & The Supremes, Dionne Warwick, and Sharon Jones. Later in the show, some great soul music from the soundtrack to the movie “The Commitments”, with lots of classics in between. If you enjoy great R&B, Soul, and Motown you've come to the right place.


Friday Night Grooves

Jan 20, 2017

Tonight’s show features Daryl Hall and John Oates rare album “Our Kind of Soul” recorded in 2004.  It’s Hall and Oates 17th studio album and covers of soul hits of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. The album is mostly acoustic with some electric guitar and synthesizers.Later in the show, Jack Johnson, Joni Mitchell, some vintage Bob Dylan and lots of good music in between.