Chris Heim

Music Producer

Chicago native Chris Heim began a lifelong love affair with radio after wandering into the campus station at the University of Chicago and being unexpectedly offered a music show after an opening developed. She got her first job in radio at one of the area’s last “free form” stations, worked at Chicago’s only progressive rock station and then joined the NPR affiliate, where she hosted jazz and world music shows (the latter being one of the longest running in public radio), served as music director and produced and anchored national broadcasts of the city’s jazz, blues and Latin music festivals.

Chris is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Utne, Global Rhythm, Dirty Linen and Option.

Here at KMUW, Chris produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally-distributed world music show; the nightly jazz show Night Train; Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show.

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Monday, January 23

Global Village celebrates the birthday of gypsy jazz guitar great Django Reinhardt with music from the master himself, from his Hot Club of France partner – violinist Stephane Grappelli, and from some of the many contemporary artists and groups that have been inspired by his music to offer both traditional and contemporary forms of his trademark ‘gypsy jazz’ sound.

Tuesday, January 24

January 27/29

Crossroads wraps up the January feature looking back at the best of 2016 with music from this year’s Blues Music Awards and Grammy nominees. Among the artists featured: Wee Willie Walker, Bobby Rush, Toronzo Cannon, William Bell, Moreland & Arbuckle, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Plus more show favorites and music from several artists with concerts in the coming week.

Monday 1.16.17

Night Train steps aside for two special programs in honor of Dr. King Day. In the first hour, a Night Lights special highlights jazz tributes to Dr. King from Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Mary Lou Williams and more. Then in hour two of the show, it’s a Blues and Beyond special with music from Dr. Billy Taylor, Paul Robson, Lucky Peterson, Eric Bibb and more.

(Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train all offer special programming tonight in honor of Dr. King Day.)

Monday, January 16

Global Village celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with songs dedicated to him and inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, along with songs that reflect human rights themes from artists from around the globe. Among the artists featured – Mavis and Pops Staples, Toots & the Maytals, the Soweto Gospel Choir and Judy Mowatt.

 (Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train will all be doing special shows tonight in honor of King Day)

Tuesday, January 17

January 20/22

Crossroads continues the January Best of 2016 feature with more show favorites from the past year, including John Long and Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters (in tribute also to the band’s bassist who just passed away). Plus a look at this year’s Maple Blues Awards nominees, perhaps the most prestigious blues awards in Canada.  Winners are announced this Monday and the show highlights nearly all of the nominees, including Blue Moon Marquee, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Fat Head, Harpdog Brown and more.

Monday, January 9

As part of the January feature looking back at 2016 in world music, Global Village remembers many of the world music artists who passed away last year – including Esma, Gato Barbieri, Leonard Cohen, Angus Grant of Shooglenifty, Prince Buster, Buckwheat Zydeco, Papa Wemba and more.

Tuesday, January 10

January 13/15

Crossroads continues the January Best of 2016 feature with more show favorites and blues Grammy nominees, including Lurrie Bell, the Rolling Stones, Magic Same, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, the Meters and more.

Plus remembering the far too many artists who passed away last year, including Long John Hunter, Barrelhouse Chuck, Lonnie Mack, Sharon Jones, Maurice White, Buckwheat Zydeco, Candye Kane, Mose Allison and more.

Monday 1.2.17 

Night Train highlights guitarists tonight – including Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Calvin Keys, Sheryl Bailey, George Benson (from his debut as leader), the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (from their Guitar Heroes tribute album), and Frank Potenza’s salute to Joe Pass.

Tuesday 1.3.17

January 6/8

Crossroads counts down the Top 20 favorites of 2016 to kick off a month-long look back at the best of the past year. More favorites; other honorees, nominees and special projects; tributes to artists who passed away in the past year and more in store on Crossroads throughout January. For the full list of 2016 favorites from Crossroads and our other KMUW music shows, click here.

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