Timeless Jazz, a weekly radio series produced from 1987 to 2002 by jazz journalist and collector Ken Dryden from his personal jazz library, will return to WUTC’s broadcast schedule beginning on Sunday, from 3-5 p.m.
Mr. Dryden, who retired after 26 years as the development director for the station in 2015, began collecting jazz recordings as a Tulane undergraduate in 1972. He has been an active jazz journalist for 31 years, having contributed to The New York City Jazz Record, Hot House, AllMusic.com, All Music Guide to Jazz, AllAboutJazz.com, Cadence, Jazz Review, the Chattanooga Times Free Press and other publications.
He has also written liner notes for numerous CDs, including releases by Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Jaki Byard, Gerry Mulligan, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Hal Galper and Ellis Marsalis, among others.
Programs will cover a variety of topics, including surveys of a single artist’s work with an interview, styles, record labels, individual instruments and more. Some shows may include vintage interviews from past broadcasts, along with some which have never been aired.
Mr. Dryden has also collected many rare, hard-to-find LPs and CDs to share with listeners. The program can be heard in the greater Chattanooga area at 88.1 FM, as a webcast live at WUTC.org , along with a separately scheduled airing on the station’s HD2 signal, at a time and day TBA