in high school and the California beach culture, Getz versus Coltrane and the Girl from Ipanema.
We descended on the Venice home of Tom Schnabel as we began production on Oba! Sounds of Brasil! Tom is program director of world music at the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall and a music consultant and educator working out of Los Angeles. Those of us who live in LA (or who listen to KCRW) know him as the host of Cafe LA and as a former music director of the station. He’s the author of several books. Tom is often associated with world music–he developed the eclectic music format and introduced World Music to public radio–and his Cafe LA plays a mix of international, new and exotic sounds. So he knows of what he speaks. The truth is Tom has probably forgotten more about Brazilian music than I know. And as such I found the conversation incredibly interesting and suspect we will be talking with him again.