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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2:20 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Wrapping Up Our Sister Rosetta Tharpe Centennial/Gospel Blues Celebration

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Lucky Millinder Orchestra

March 27/29

Crossroads wraps up the March Sister Rosetta Tharpe/Gospel Blues feature with a classic from Tharpe with Marie Knight and an early recording she did with the Lucky Millinder Orchestra, along with music from Sister Wynona Carr, Otis Clay, the Golden Gate Quartet, and in hour two of the show, a special performance from the acclaimed sacred steel group, the Campbell Brothers.

Plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week and from Steve Hill, the winner of this year’s blues Juno Award.

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12:16 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

March Artists Clark Terry & Charles Lloyd And Salutes To Paul Motian & James Moody

Vibes player Stefon Harris

Monday March 23

Night Train celebrates birthdays of vibes players Dave Pike and Stefon Harris, and smart songwriter Dave Frishberg. There’s also more music from March featured artists Charles Lloyd (the first recorded version of “Dream Weaver” from a newly released album of previously unreleased concert performances) and Clark Terry (with singer Dinah Washington and pianist Oscar Peterson) – and in hour two, a special with Stefon Harris at Symphony Center.

Tuesday March 24

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11:18 am
Mon March 23, 2015

More Women In World Music, New English & Irish Folk & A Birthday Salute To The Queen Of Soul

Harmonica player Lee Oskar

Monday March 23

Global Village marks birthdays of eclectic vibes man Dave Pike, mandolin master David Grisman, and world- rock artist Damon Albarn. Plus music from flamenco great Paco de Lucia’s last album and more women in world music for the March Women’s History Month feature – including international star Angelique Kidjo and flamenco singer Estrella Morente.

Tuesday March 24

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10:10 am
Mon March 16, 2015

March Featured Artists Clark Terry & Charles Lloyd, Remembering Lew Soloff & St. Paddy’s Day Jazz

Clark Terry, March featured artist

Monday, March 16

Night Train continues with more music from March featured artists Clark Terry (this time with Duke Ellington) and Charles Lloyd, and begins a week-long tribute to trumpeter Lew Soloff. Plus birthday salutes to coronetist Ruby Braff, bassist Brian Torff, and ‘the poet of the piano’ Tommy Flanagan – including a Jazz Profiles special about his life and music in hour two of the show.

Tuesday, March 17

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9:41 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Centennial, Regional Concerts & More

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

March 20/22

Friday is the centennial birthday of gospel great Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Crossroads continues the month-long feature with more music from her, one of her classic songs performed by the Holmes Brothers, related gospel blues, and a House of Blues Gospel Blues special in hour two of the show.

Plus music from Marcia Ball, who also celebrates a birthday Friday, and from several artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

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9:23 am
Mon March 16, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day Party, A Kora Extravaganza & Latin Rock, Soul, Jazz And More

Traditional Irish music group Lunasa

Monday, March 16

Latin rock, soul, jazz and psychedelia this time in the Global Village, including music from the legendary Mongo Santamaria, a rising star on the Cuban jazz scene – Harold Lopez-Nussa, music from the Rough Guide to Latin Psychedelia, and a song from War that was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year.

Tuesday, March 17

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10:12 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Clark Terry, Charles Lloyd, & Birthday Salutes To Ronnie Earl, Ornette Coleman & Poet Jack Kerouac

Pianist Justin Kauflin with jazz great Clark Terry

Monday March 9

Night Train marks birthdays of NEA Heritage Fellow and tabla master Zakir Hussain (performing with March featured artist Charles Lloyd), and singers Laurie Antonioli and Keely Smith. It’s also the birthday of Ornette Coleman, and along with music from both ends of his career, the second hour of the show features a special salute to the avant-garde pioneer  from Dewey Redman and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Tuesday March 10

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10:01 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Centennial, New Music & A Concert Roundup

Gospel great Sister Rosetta Tharpe

March 13/15

Crossroads kicks off the Sister Rosetta Tharpe Centennial feature with the first song ever recorded by the gospel blues great, music from a tribute album featuring covers of her classic tunes, gospel blues from the Slide Brothers presented by Robert Randolph, and in hour two, a Tharpe special with music and a conversation with Tharpe biographer Gayle Wald.

Plus new music from the Balkun Brothers and Freddy King’s Brother Benny Turner, and selections from several blues acts with regional concerts in the coming week.

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9:48 am
Mon March 9, 2015

Skatalites’ Don Drummond, NEA Heritage Fellow Zakir Hussain, & A 'Lucky' Friday The 13th

Indian musician Zakir Hussain

Monday March 9

Global Village celebrates the birthday of award-winning tabla master Zakir Hussain with music he did along with Joe Zawinul, Ravi Shankar, Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, Kronos Quartet, and with banjo star Bela Fleck and bassist Edgar Meyer. Plus more women in world music for the March feature, a Juno-nominated album from Sultans of String, and a Latin Grammy winning release just out in the U.S. from Brazilian mandolinist Hamilton de Holanda.

Tuesday March 10

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11:31 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Clark Terry Week + A Few Birthday Celebrations

Trumpeter Clark Terry

Monday March 2

Night Train kicks off this month's feature of music from saxophone, flute and tárogató player Charles Lloyd, who celebrates his 77th birthday on the fifteenth of this month, and we'll hear all week from trumpet player Clark Terry who died on February twenty-first at the age of 94, leaving behind an extraordinary legacy of music and jazz education.

Tuesday March 3

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