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

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 [...]

June 20, 2016

Deep Focus is back tonight from 6pm to 9pm on WKCR 89.9FM in NYC. Brian Charette is a sparkling Jazz pianist and organ player but where does his inspiration [...]

May 23, 2016

Cecil Taylor is unquestionably one of the brightest lights in our celestial sphere so why, in all these years, has he never been the topic of Deep Focus? [...]

March 28, 2016

Tonight from 6pm to 9pm on WKCR 89.9FM Mitch Goldman hosts drummer Will Calhoun for a Deep Focus on their mutual hero, Elvin Jones. Specifically, their focus [...]

February 15, 2016

Melvin Gibbs knows a thing or two about how much freight can be conveyed by a thunderous ensemble moving at full throttle as well as how much can fit into a [...]

February 1, 2016

How does a spiritual impulse manifest as sound? How are questions asked and answered sonically? Alice Coltrane had answers to these questions; William Hooker [...]

Monday December 7, 2015

This Monday night from 6pm to 9pm EST on WKCR 89.9FM and, I welcome drummer Don McKenzie back to the studio for a very special Deep Focus on the [...]