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

Over the past fifty years since the Apollo 11 moon landing, many musicians have found inspiration in the historic moment and responded in song.

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

Stream Rhythm Planet's summer mix feat. globetrotting sunny sounds

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

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The summer concert season kicks off in full force with all-day music fests, plus music and dance under the stars across the region.

Big band, cumbia and jazz: Rhythm Planet's July concert picks

The summer concert season kicks off in full force with all-day music fests, plus music and dance under the stars across the region.

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