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

Tom Schnabel revisits some musical gems from the past, from African and Corsican music to jazz and gospel favorites.

Rhythm Planet Playlist: Rediscovered Gems

Tom Schnabel revisits some musical gems from the past, from African and Corsican music to jazz and gospel favorites.

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Tom Schnabel takes a trip down memory lane and shares some of his early musical moments and memories.

Rhythm Planet: Musical moments and memories

Tom Schnabel takes a trip down memory lane and shares some of his early musical moments and memories.

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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!

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More from KCRW

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

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Martin Luther King, Jr. grew up listening to and singing church songs, and saw gospel and folk music as natural tools to further the civil rights movement.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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

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Malian blues, Cuban son, Cape Verdean funaná, plus the latest jazz sides and crossover classical.

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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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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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Featuring fado and flamenco, Indian and Western classical, plus jazz guitar wizards and a powerful Congolese/French singer.

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