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

Rhythm Planet celebrates the beauty and magnificence of the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants.

Rhythm Planet’s Rainforest Playlist

Rhythm Planet celebrates the beauty and magnificence of the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants.

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Legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal has released the first solo album of his long and distinguished career.

Ahmad Jamal’s New Solo Album “Ballades”

Legendary jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal has released the first solo album of his long and distinguished career.

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

Rhythm Planet September concert picks from classical music at the Bowl to reggae at the Pier

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

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The second in poet and performer Saul Williams' album trilogy, Encryted & Vulnerable, is part of a multi-platform project overseen by Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Leslie Stevens has been on the alt-country circuit for a while, but she hasn't released many recordings. Now, her third album, produced by hometown bud Jonathan Wilson is just out.

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Sultry and seductive, you can't help but sway when Gavin Turek's "2am" starts to play.

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