Deep Focus

I have been an on-air host and producer at WKCR 89.9FM in New York since 1985; I started the show Deep Focus in 2008. In each episode listeners join me and my musician-guest on an exploration of rare archival recordings of one of the guest’s favorite artists.

I started Deep Focus partly in response to the artists’ loss of support from the imploding music industry; the show is a big cheerleading section for going out to hear live music (the last reliable source of income for today’s artists). But it’s also a kind of listener’s autobiography for me since there is usually a big overlap between the guest’s favorites and mine, and maybe yours too.

Plans are in the works to make podcasts available for current as well as past episodes. In the mean time, please tune in Monday nights from 6pm to 9pm EDT at 89.9FM in New York or

April 17, 2017

Last time Graham Haynes was the guest on Deep Focus, it was to celebrate his father Roy Haynes’s stunning contributions to Charlie Parker’s performances at [...]

April 3, 2017

In the Jazz world, Steve Lacy is like Broadway: doesn't fit neatly into the grid but, wherever he intersects it, magical things happen. No wonder he loved [...]

March 6, 2017

In the Jazz world of utterly distinctive individuals, trumpeter Woody Shaw still managed to stand out. He didn't speak like everybody else, he didn't move [...]

February 20, 2017

Imagine being present at the moment of creation. Now imagine being one of the creators, inventing new sounds and new rhythms that the world has never heard, [...]

February 6, 2017

This Monday night from 6pm to 9pm on WKCR 89.9FM and, I will host guitarist David Gilmore with a Deep Focus on George Benson. Long before George [...]

January 23, 2017

Will Calhoun was my guest for one of the most revealing Deep Focus episodes ever: his recording of Elvin Jones at the Village Vanguard permanently altered our [...]

January 9, 2017

Bassist Mark Peterson joins me tonight from 6pm to 9pm on WKCR (89.9FM and in a Deep Focus on German bassist/bandleader Eberhard Weber. Weber is a [...]

October 10, 2016

This Monday from 6pm to 9pm it's a special Thelonious Monk birthday broadcast Deep Focus with guest Vijay Iyer. Find us at 89.9FM in NYC or Monday [...]

August 1, 2016

Tonight from 6pm to 9pm on WKCR 89.9FM and, Oren Bloedow and I blow the doors off. It's a Deep Focus on the magnificent Defunkt with music you have [...]

July 18, 2016

Tonight on WKCR 89.9FM and from 6pm to 9pm NYC time, guitarist Liberty Ellman and I put John McLaughlin in Deep Focus. The Absolute which is beyond [...]