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.