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.  

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

Tom Schnabel strolls down memory lane with Cal Tjader’s 1960 album 'Latino!'

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

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The latest Rhythm Planet playlist, featuring Tom Schnabel's picks for the best new releases in jazz and world music.

New music discoveries from pop to jazz feat. Ludovico Einaudi, Shey Baba, and more

The latest Rhythm Planet playlist, featuring Tom Schnabel's picks for the best new releases in jazz and world music.

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Ran Blake and Jeanne Lee's 1961 debut album The Newest Sound Around combined Blake's dissonant and provocative piano style with Lee's sensual voice.

The Strange and Enticing Music of Ran Blake and Jeanne Lee

Ran Blake and Jeanne Lee's 1961 debut album The Newest Sound Around combined Blake's dissonant and provocative piano style with Lee's sensual voice.

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