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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

I recently pulled out an old LP in my collection by  George Russell  called  Jazz in the Space Age , recorded in New York for Decca in 1960.

The Futuristic Jazz of George Russell

I recently pulled out an old LP in my collection by George Russell  called Jazz in the Space Age , recorded in New York for Decca in 1960.

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