It all started in the early seventies when Wim Wigt, a student in the city of Wageningen, the Netherlands, began organising jazz concerts for his student union. The invited American jazz musicians would ask him to arrange more concerts in the Netherlands, and beyond. In the years that followed, Wim decided to quit his studies to fully focus on the touring business. Accompanied by his later wife Ria, they have until today organised countless tours and events throughout Europe and Asia for the likes of Art Blakey, Bill Evans, Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, B.B. King, George Benson, Nina Simone, Pharoah Sanders, Lionel Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, Toots Thielemans, Chris Barber, Lonnie Donegan and many other jazz legends. As well as more popular acts such as Dionne Warwick, Chuck Berry, Bill Wyman, The Hollies and Alan Parsons.
In 1975 Wim and Ria Wigt founded the record label Timeless Records with 'Eastern Rebellion' by Cedar Walton as its first release. The album would be an instant success, with many international jazz critics claiming that it was one of the best bebop albums of the seventies. The album 'Machito and his Salsa Big Band 1982' by Machito would go and win the a Grammy Award in the category 'Best Latin Recording' in 1983. The current Timeless catalogue holds around 850 albums, incl recordings of jazz giants such as Chet Baker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Archie Shepp, Art Blakey, McCoy Tyner, Tommy Flanagan, Lionel Hampton, Pharoah Sanders, Jaco Pastorius and Chris Barber. In cooperation with the latter trombone legend, Wim started the series the Chris Barber Collection (CBC or Timeless Historical) in 1991. This would include remastered reissues of recordings by Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Bing Crosby, Coleman Hawkins, Ethel Waters, Hoagy Carmichael, Sidney Bechet, the Dorsey Brothers and many others.