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

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 [...]

February 17, 2014

“Tonight from 6pm to 9pm EST on WKCR 89.9FM and William Hooker brings the ruckus. It's a Deep Focus on the astounding organist Larry Young. You [...]

September 26, 2010

Hi folks, An old saw of the jazz radio announcer's game is to say something like, "This guy is so important that there should be a street named after him." [...]