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

Our latest playlist features a new crop of recent releases, including music from Cape Verde, Pakistan, Brazil, plus others closer to home.

Rhythm Planet’s Autumn Harvest

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The celebrated guitarist unites musical traditions at an inspiring concert in Valencia, Spain

Jazz Legend John McLaughlin’s Musical Magic

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Classical music is a rich and varied musical genre that will always be part of Tom Schnabel’s world. This week’s Rhythm Planet playlist features some of his classical favorites.

A Baker’s Dozen of Classical Gems

Classical music is a rich and varied musical genre that will always be part of Tom Schnabel’s world. This week’s Rhythm Planet playlist features some of his classical favorites.

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