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“My name is Jaco Pastorius and I’m the greatest bass player in the world.” This was the way Jaco introduced himself to Joe Zawinul, Weather Report founder and übermensch.  Zawinul…

Jaco Pastorius: Great Musician, Sad End

“My name is Jaco Pastorius and I’m the greatest bass player in the world.” This was the way Jaco introduced himself to Joe Zawinul, Weather Report founder and übermensch.  Zawinul…

from Music News

Stephen Bruner spoke with KCRW about the night Jaco Pastorius changed his life, the importance of listening to albums from the beginning, and the record that helps him through strange…

Private Playlist: Thundercat on the importance of albums as a journey

Stephen Bruner spoke with KCRW about the night Jaco Pastorius changed his life, the importance of listening to albums from the beginning, and the record that helps him through strange…

from Music Special Programming

For KCRW’s “Private Playlist,” Topaz Faerie traces her musical history from Geri Allen’s sublime jazz to Hiatus Kaiyote’s pop futurism.

Private Playlist: Topaz Faerie traces her journey from sublime jazz to futuristic pop

For KCRW’s “Private Playlist,” Topaz Faerie traces her musical history from Geri Allen’s sublime jazz to Hiatus Kaiyote’s pop futurism.

from Music Special Programming

Musician Robert Trujillo joins Elvis Mitchell to discuss the journey from found footage to family input of the visionary bass player Jaco Pastorius while producing the documentary…

Robert Trujillo: Jaco

Musician Robert Trujillo joins Elvis Mitchell to discuss the journey from found footage to family input of the visionary bass player Jaco Pastorius while producing the documentary…

from The Treatment

A special one-hour edition of KCRW’s Private Playlist, featuring seven of our favorite listening sessions with Southern California’s most notable musical figures.

Private Playlist: A playlist featuring seven of our favorite segments

A special one-hour edition of KCRW’s Private Playlist, featuring seven of our favorite listening sessions with Southern California’s most notable musical figures.

from Music Special Programming

Make a resolution to see more live music in 2020, starting with these terrific shows around town!

January Concert Picks from Rhythm Planet

Make a resolution to see more live music in 2020, starting with these terrific shows around town!

from Music News

Adam Dorn, aka Mocean Worker, is not only a producer, but a bad-ass bass player as well, and he sprinkles his riffs liberally throughout his new self-titled album.

Mocean Worker: Punk Disco (Jaco)

Adam Dorn, aka Mocean Worker, is not only a producer, but a bad-ass bass player as well, and he sprinkles his riffs liberally throughout his new self-titled album.

from Today's Top Tune

When I set out to record this week’s show, my original intent was to showcase several great live concerts that had been captured on wax. But as I was going through…

Show #212: 5 Legendary New York Jazz Concert Albums (1960s–1980s)

When I set out to record this week’s show, my original intent was to showcase several great live concerts that had been captured on wax. But as I was going through…

from Music News

This week, we take an audio tour of live concerts at New York City nightspots of the 1960s and 1980s, featuring music by Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Mongo Santamaria, and others.

5 Legendary New York Jazz Concert Albums

This week, we take an audio tour of live concerts at New York City nightspots of the 1960s and 1980s, featuring music by Nina Simone, John Coltrane, Mongo Santamaria, and others.

from Tom Schnabel's Rhythm Planet

Last Sunday afternoon, I had the most fun I’ve had at a concert in some time: Peter Erskine’s Dr.Um record release party at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at…

Peter Erskine's Dr. Um Record Release Concert: Total Fun

Last Sunday afternoon, I had the most fun I’ve had at a concert in some time: Peter Erskine’s Dr.Um record release party at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater at…

from Music News

The second half of March brings an eclectic array of terrific shows to L.A. and New York—from fiery flamenco and Afro-Cuban music, to a two-week fado festival, plus British singer…

March Concert Picks from Rhythm Planet

The second half of March brings an eclectic array of terrific shows to L.A. and New York—from fiery flamenco and Afro-Cuban music, to a two-week fado festival, plus British singer…

from Music News

Saturday, December 1 | Luciana Souza: The Book of Longing | Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (Westwood) Brazilian singer Luciana Souza grew up in a musical family…

December Concert Picks from Rhythm Planet

Saturday, December 1 | Luciana Souza: The Book of Longing | Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (Westwood) Brazilian singer Luciana Souza grew up in a musical family…

from Music News

I love basslines and good bass players, whether upright, Ampeg “baby basses” as used in tropical latin music, or electric basses used in most pop, blues, and rock music. In…

Show #50: The Bass

I love basslines and good bass players, whether upright, Ampeg “baby basses” as used in tropical latin music, or electric basses used in most pop, blues, and rock music. In…

from Music News

This week Rhythm Planet listens to bass players.

Bass Players: Can't Get No Respect

This week Rhythm Planet listens to bass players.

from Tom Schnabel's Rhythm Planet

I haven’t had a chance to feature new releases in a while and want to sing the praises of three new albums before the year ends. The first is guitarist Yotam Silberstein‘s…

Three New Jazz Gems

I haven’t had a chance to feature new releases in a while and want to sing the praises of three new albums before the year ends. The first is guitarist Yotam Silberstein‘s…

from Music News

There is a new category for the 58th annual Grammy awards, #31: Best improvised jazz solo.

11 Great Improvised Jazz Solos

There is a new category for the 58th annual Grammy awards, #31: Best improvised jazz solo.

from Music News

I want to recommend a few upcoming shows. The first is an exceptional quartet called P.O.E.M. (Pasqua, Oles, Erskine.

Hey Jazz Fans: 3 Upcoming Shows Not to Miss

I want to recommend a few upcoming shows. The first is an exceptional quartet called P.O.E.M. (Pasqua, Oles, Erskine.

from Music News

The upright bass is the Rodney Dangerfield of jazz: it can’t get no respect. The old joke goes this way: A couple trying to save their marriage goes to a…

A Tale of 2 Bassists

The upright bass is the Rodney Dangerfield of jazz: it can’t get no respect. The old joke goes this way: A couple trying to save their marriage goes to a…

from Music News

Peter Erskine is one of the best drummers on the planet. Just ask any drummer. He is a powerhouse drummer who can power a big band (that’s where he started…

Show #141: Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981

Peter Erskine is one of the best drummers on the planet. Just ask any drummer. He is a powerhouse drummer who can power a big band (that’s where he started…

from Music News

For Weather Report drummer Peter Erskine, this new 4-CD set was a labor of love and a treasure trove of great music. Peter joins Tom on Rhythm Planet to talk about the new album.

Weather Report: The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981

For Weather Report drummer Peter Erskine, this new 4-CD set was a labor of love and a treasure trove of great music. Peter joins Tom on Rhythm Planet to talk about the new album.

from Tom Schnabel's Rhythm Planet

Mark Schatzker, Good Food’s "slow traveler" and omnivore, checks in from his journey around the world.  The last few weeks, Mark has primarily been in Western Europe and Italy.  He…

Italy's Amalfi Coast

Mark Schatzker, Good Food’s "slow traveler" and omnivore, checks in from his journey around the world.  The last few weeks, Mark has primarily been in Western Europe and Italy.  He…

from Good Food

It was heartening for me to see Joe Zawinul get a Grammy for Jazz/Best Instrumental album.   I remember the great first album by the band he co-founded with Wayne Shorter:…

Tom’s Music Salon: Joe Zawinul Wins a Posthumous Grammy

It was heartening for me to see Joe Zawinul get a Grammy for Jazz/Best Instrumental album.   I remember the great first album by the band he co-founded with Wayne Shorter:…

from Music News

There are plenty of nice goodies out there this holiday season for your music-loving friends.   Here are some of my recommendations for the bigger-ticket items: Blue Note:  Photos…

Christmas 2015: 17 Choice Stocking Stuffers

There are plenty of nice goodies out there this holiday season for your music-loving friends.   Here are some of my recommendations for the bigger-ticket items: Blue Note:  Photos…

from Music News

A few years ago, I received a cd by a bass player I’d never heard of:  An artist named Jamie Ousley, and the cd was called O Sorriso Dela.  It…

Artists You Should Know: Jamie Ousley

A few years ago, I received a cd by a bass player I’d never heard of:  An artist named Jamie Ousley, and the cd was called O Sorriso Dela.  It…

from Music News

KCRW's Best of 2017 - DJ Lists

KCRW's Best of 2017 - DJ Lists

KCRW's Best of 2017 - DJ Lists

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