Tom Schnabel

Tom Schnabel

Host, Tom Schnabel's Rhythm Planet

Tom Schnabel is an internationally recognized radio producer, pioneer, and innovator in world music. He helped introduce world music to American audiences as KCRW’s first music director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic (1979-1991). Tom is the author of two books (Stolen Moments: Conversations with Contemporary Musicians and Rhythm Planet: The Great World Music Makers), and numerous articles about music. He has produced a number of recordings (Trance Planet, vols. 1–5), and provides music supervision for advertising and movies. He has also served as Program Advisor for the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall.  Tom has taught in Los Angeles (UCLA Extension, SCIARC, Mt. Saint Mary’s College) and in Paris (Ecole Universelle). He has over 18 years of experience teaching world music and currently offers weekly music salons at his home.

His new project at KCRW, Rhythm Planet, showcases the best in jazz and world music.  The digital platform includes an on-demand show, a membership club, a blog, and a series of live music salons.  

Tom Schnabel on KCRW

In this era of ephemeral music streaming, box sets (particularly vinyl ones) appear to be experiencing a comeback.

Beautiful box sets for holiday gift-giving from Chet Baker to Calypso Caribbean sounds

In this era of ephemeral music streaming, box sets (particularly vinyl ones) appear to be experiencing a comeback.

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Don't miss the terrific holiday and non-holiday concerts on the December calendar – from jazz and classical guitar to the eclectic sounds of Indian singer Kiran Ahluwalia to a festive…

December Concert Picks from Rhythm Planet

Don't miss the terrific holiday and non-holiday concerts on the December calendar – from jazz and classical guitar to the eclectic sounds of Indian singer Kiran Ahluwalia to a festive…

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A bunch of songs—some elegant, some silly—to keep you company as you prepare for (or indulge in) the big feast.

Rhythm Planet’s Thanksgiving Playlist

A bunch of songs—some elegant, some silly—to keep you company as you prepare for (or indulge in) the big feast.

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A packed October calendar features both veteran virtuosos and fresh new faces in world, jazz, and more.

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Rhythm Planet's summer mix with  new releases in jazz, classical, and world music, plus a few reissues and evergreens.

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This week, a taste of what Tom Schnabel’s been listening to lately. It’s all over the place, just the way he likes it.

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Real World Records , the music label co-founded by the visionary Peter Gabriel  and members of WOMAD , celebrates its 30 th  anniversary this month.

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SoCal venues are back in full swing with a packed calendar this month.

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Tom Schnabel spotlights two jazz guitar wizards who can inspire anyone who’s not afraid of the challenge of learning and playing jazz guitar.

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Tom Schnabel wandered down memory lane recently while listening to Cal Tjader ’s 1960 album Latino!

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This week’s music mix ushers in the fall season with songs from France, Lebanon, Jamaica, Estonia, Pakistan, Niger, Brazil, and more.

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Tom Schnabel shines a spotlight on a few women in jazz now who are playing exceptional music on instruments once reserved for male jazz musicians.

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