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

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 [...]

February 9, 2015

I know you think of me as the on-air host at WKCR 89.9FM on Monday nights from 6pm to 9pm but the truth is that I have only been filling in as a sub for the [...]

November 17, 2014

Vernon Reid shared the stage with Jack Bruce in the band Spectrum Road and it was a fantastic collaboration. Tonight from 6pm to 9pm EST Vernon Reid and I [...]

September 8, 2014

Tonight from 6pm to 9pm EDT, Matthew Shipp and I put Paul Bley and Jimmy Giuffre in Deep Focus. We will share some stunning live recordings and, of course, [...]

June 30, 2014

Tomorrow night (Monday June 30) from 6pm to 9pm EDT on WKCR-FM 89.9FM and Vocalist Lezlie Harrison is my guest for a Deep Focus on Abbey Lincoln. [...]

May 26, 2014

One time when no one else was around Sun Ra told me that he wasn't really from Saturn. I'm sure he saw my alarmed reaction but he didn't say anything about [...]

April 28, 2014

Tonight from 6pm to 9pm EDT Adam Rudolph and I put The Art Ensemble of Chicago in Deep Focus on WKCR 89.9FM and [...]