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

October 26, 2015

This Monday night on Jazz Alternatives (6pm to 9pm EDT at 89.9FM and Mitch Goldman is joined by drummer / bandleader Ben Perowsky. They will put [...]

October 12, 2015

I've got one for the heads (you know who you are): tonight from 6pm to 9pm EST musical gourmand Gary Lucas and I put Archie Shepp in Deep Focus. You know [...]

September 28, 2015

Oh, I have some sparkling gems for you tonight! Two of our modern-day tenor saxophone heroes in never-before-heard recordings. Only on WKCR 89.9FM and [...]

John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast

And why is this not a national [...]

August 31, 2015

Coming up this Monday from 6pm to 9pm EDT on WKCR, vibraphonist/composer Bill Ware and I put Horace Silver in Deep Focus. Hard-to-find radio broadcasts from [...]

August 17, 2015

Bassist / producer Melvin Gibbs walks the path of Harmolodics and puts Ornette Coleman in Deep Focus with me tonight from 6pm to 9pm on WKCR 89.9FM and [...]

August 3, 2015

This Monday from 6pm to 9pm EDT Eric Person and I put electric Ornette Coleman in Deep Focus on WKCR 89.9FM and Eric, I hear you're an alumnus of [...]

June 22, 2015

Live Ornette Coleman and Prime Time right now on WKCR 89.9FM and WKCR. Org. Timeless [...]

June 8, 2015

Before becoming the trombonist, bandleader and conceptualist we know and love, Craig Harris traveled the spaceways with Sun Ra in the Seventies and Eighties. [...]

May 25, 2015

Brandon Ross and I put Keith Jarrett's American Quartet in Deep Focus tonight from 6pm to 9pm NYC time on WKCR 89.9FM and You are going to LOVE [...]