Deep Focus
2013.10.07 Vijay Iyer on Andrew Hill - 1 of 3

2013.10.07 Vijay Iyer on Andrew Hill - 1 of 3

June 22, 2021
Sometimes you have to take all the furniture out of the room to see what it really looks like and to decide what belongs in there. Pianist Andrew Hill did that for our music (most memorably on a series of outstanding Blue Note recordings in the 1960's) and then he put it back together in a whole new way. It's still the same room but it feels fresh and vibrant; the angles are better, you can move around in it more easily. He also opened many new doors leading out of that room and entire generations of younger musicians have enthusiastically moved through them.
 
Vijay Iyer is certainly one of them. He could never be called a Hill clone but he learned many lessons from this imaginative bandleader. It's readily apparent today in the many ensembles that he leads and his even more numerous collaborations and multimedia work. He talks about it with clarity and zeal with host Mitch Goldman in this Deep Focus from 2013.
 
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2010.10.18 Eric Person on John Coltrane at the Half Note 1965 and Rahsaan Roland Kirk 1974 - 1of1

2010.10.18 Eric Person on John Coltrane at the Half Note 1965 and Rahsaan Roland Kirk 1974 - 1of1

June 20, 2021

Sometimes there’s a fantastic narrative behind these Deep Focus programs and sometimes we are simply reveling in glorious, never-before-heard recordings of history’s greatest musicians with a brilliant scholar of the music to lead us through it. And, by golly, that’s good enough.

Join host Mitch Goldman and his guest, bandleader Eric Anthony Person for a Deep Focus on John Coltrane and Rahsaan Roland Kirk with music from the WKCR archives. Mitch says, “If you have heard any of these recordings before, I’ll eat my hat!”

#WKCR #MitchGoldman #DeepFocus #EricPerson #RahsaanRolandKirk #JohnColtrane #ArtEnsembleOfChicago #jazzinterview #jazzradio #jazzpodcast

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2012.06.04 Eric Person on the Art Ensemble of Chicago - 2 of 2

2012.06.04 Eric Person on the Art Ensemble of Chicago - 2 of 2

June 18, 2021

Sometimes there’s a fantastic narrative behind these Deep Focus programs and sometimes we are simply reveling in glorious, never-before-heard recordings of history’s greatest musicians with a brilliant scholar of the music to lead us through it. And, by golly, that’s good enough.

Join host Mitch Goldman and his guest, bandleader Eric Anthony Person for a Deep Focus on the Art Ensemble of Chicago with music from the WKCR archives. Mitch says, “If you have heard any of these recordings before, I’ll eat my hat!”

#WKCR #MitchGoldman #DeepFocus #EricPerson #RahsaanRolandKirk #JohnColtrane #ArtEnsembleOfChicago #jazzinterview #jazzradio #jazzpodcast

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2012.06.04 Eric Person on Art Ensemble of Chicago - 1 of 2

2012.06.04 Eric Person on Art Ensemble of Chicago - 1 of 2

June 16, 2021

Sometimes there’s a fantastic narrative behind these Deep Focus programs and sometimes we are simply reveling in glorious, never-before-heard recordings of history’s greatest musicians with a brilliant scholar of the music to lead us through it. And, by golly, that’s good enough.

Join host Mitch Goldman and his guest, bandleader Eric Anthony Person for a Deep Focus on the Art Ensemble of Chicago with music from the WKCR archives. Mitch says, “If you have heard any of these recordings before, I’ll eat my hat!”

#WKCR #MitchGoldman #DeepFocus #EricPerson #RahsaanRolandKirk #JohnColtrane #ArtEnsembleOfChicago #jazzinterview #jazzradio #jazzpodcast

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2012.04.09 Roy Weinberger on Jaki Byard - 3 of 3

2012.04.09 Roy Weinberger on Jaki Byard - 3 of 3

June 13, 2021

This week's show is a Deep Focus unlike any other. It's actually more like one of those sports movies in which The Kid gets to go into the championship game with his big league hero. The hero, in this case, is none other than Jaki Byard (the subject of Deep Focus episodes with both Graham Haynes and with Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran) and the part of The Kid is played by drummer Roy Weinberger.

Jaki Byard booked a date at SUNY-Binghamton in 1981 and asked the students to provide half of a band for him to play with. The students didn't have to think too hard about whom to call; Roy and his brother, alto saxophonist Bob Weinberger, were pretty much the heaviest cats in town. Was being big fish in that little pond enough to get them through the raging river of a performance with Jaki Byard? Tune in to find out. We have documentary evidence! This one is truly fascinating.

#WKCR #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #JakiByard #RoyWeinberger #JazzRadio #JazzInterview #JazzPodcast

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2012.04.09 Roy Weinberger on Jaki Byard - 2 of 3

2012.04.09 Roy Weinberger on Jaki Byard - 2 of 3

June 10, 2021

This week's show is a Deep Focus unlike any other. It's actually more like one of those sports movies in which The Kid gets to go into the championship game with his big league hero. The hero, in this case, is none other than Jaki Byard (the subject of Deep Focus episodes with both Graham Haynes and with Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran) and the part of The Kid is played by drummer Roy Weinberger.

Jaki Byard booked a date at SUNY-Binghamton in 1981 and asked the students to provide half of a band for him to play with. The students didn't have to think too hard about whom to call; Roy and his brother, alto saxophonist Bob Weinberger, were pretty much the heaviest cats in town. Was being big fish in that little pond enough to get them through the raging river of a performance with Jaki Byard? Tune in to find out. We have documentary evidence! This one is truly fascinating.

#WKCR #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #JakiByard #RoyWeinberger #JazzRadio #JazzInterview #JazzPodcast

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2012.04.09 Roy Weinberger on Jaki Byard - 1 of 3

2012.04.09 Roy Weinberger on Jaki Byard - 1 of 3

June 9, 2021

This week's show is a Deep Focus unlike any other. It's actually more like one of those sports movies in which The Kid gets to go into the championship game with his big league hero. The hero, in this case, is none other than Jaki Byard (the subject of Deep Focus episodes with both Graham Haynes and with Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran) and the part of The Kid is played by drummer Roy Weinberger.

Jaki Byard booked a date at SUNY-Binghamton in 1981 and asked the students to provide half of a band for him to play with. The students didn't have to think too hard about whom to call; Roy and his brother, alto saxophonist Bob Weinberger, were pretty much the heaviest cats in town. Was being big fish in that little pond enough to get them through the raging river of a performance with Jaki Byard? Tune in to find out. We have documentary evidence! This one is truly fascinating.

#WKCR #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #JakiByard #RoyWeinberger #JazzRadio #JazzInterview #JazzPodcast

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2019.11.25 Pheeroan akLaff on Jack DeJohnette 3 of 3

2019.11.25 Pheeroan akLaff on Jack DeJohnette 3 of 3

June 5, 2021
How many drummers can you name who changed the whole conversation, just with their playing? Like, to the point that they became the North Star for the next generation or two? How many of those were also great bandleaders, and maybe even solid composers? It’s a short list by anybody’s count but one name you are probably already thinking of is Jack DeJohnette.
 
Drummer Pheeroan Aklaff joins Mitch Goldman in putting DeJohnette in Deep Focus. Mitch, of course, has some dazzling live music from the archives that you’ve probably never heard. DeJohnette's band Special Edition is ripe for rediscovery.
 
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2019.11.25 Pheeroan akLaff on Jack DeJohnette 2 of 3

2019.11.25 Pheeroan akLaff on Jack DeJohnette 2 of 3

June 3, 2021
How many drummers can you name who changed the whole conversation, just with their playing? Like, to the point that they became the North Star for the next generation or two? How many of those were also great bandleaders, and maybe even solid composers? It’s a short list by anybody’s count but one name you are probably already thinking of is Jack DeJohnette.
 
Drummer Pheeroan Aklaff joins Mitch Goldman in putting DeJohnette in Deep Focus. Mitch, of course, has some dazzling live music from the archives that you’ve probably never heard. DeJohnette's band Special Edition is ripe for rediscovery.
 
Photo credit: Roberto Masotti
2019.11.25 Pheeroan akLaff on Jack DeJohnette 1 of 3

2019.11.25 Pheeroan akLaff on Jack DeJohnette 1 of 3

June 1, 2021
How many drummers can you name who changed the whole conversation, just with their playing? Like, to the point that they became the North Star for the next generation or two? How many of those were also great bandleaders, and maybe even solid composers? It’s a short list by anybody’s count but one name you are probably already thinking of is Jack DeJohnette.
 
This Monday, drummer Pheeroan Aklaff joins Mitch Goldman in putting DeJohnette in Deep Focus. Mitch, of course, has some dazzling live music from the archives that you’ve probably never heard. DeJohnette's band Special Edition is ripe for rediscovery.
 
Photo credit: Roberto Masotti
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