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

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 [...]

May 11, 2015

Tonight from 6pm to 9pm New York time drummer Pheeroan akLaff and I put Eric Dolphy in Deep Focus with recordings from the WKCR archives. Live in Queens - [...]

April 27, 2015

Rare Mingus and Blakey you've never heard tonight from 6pm to 9pm. The fundraiser is over; let's celebrate! WKCR 89.9FM [...]

April 13, 2015

If you have heard these Cannonball Adderley recordings before I will buy you an ice cream soda. WKCR 89.9FM or until 9pm New York [...]

March 2, 2015

Goldman's media takeover: tune in to WKCR 89.9FM from 6pm to 9pm NYC time to hear me and Phillip Johnston with a very special Deep Focus. You know I can see [...]