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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10:05 am
Mon September 15, 2014

David Bromberg's Birthday, New Johnny Winter & More Latin Soul/Spanish Blues

David Bromberg, blues and roots star

September 19/21

This week at the Crossroads, we mark the birthday of blues and roots star David Bromberg, including a concert he did at the Fur Peace Ranch in hour two of the show. Also more for the September Latin Soul/Spanish blues feature – this time from Argentina’s Claudio Gabis, and Mexico’s Real de Catorce – plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week, newly named Kennedy Center honoree Al Green,  and new releases, including Johnny Winter’s final album, Step Back.

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10:46 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Celebrations For Hispanic Heritage Month & Mexican Independence Day

Latin jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaria

Monday September 15

SPECIAL: Global Village celebrates the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with a program devoted entirely to the wide range of Latin sounds and artists that have helped shape American music. Latin jazz, soul and rock are all featured, including some of the legends of the music, among them Machito, Mongo Santamaria, Los Lobos and Santana, along with rare sides from Joe King Carrasco, Flash & the Dynamics and more.

Tuesday September 16

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8:37 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Fania's 50th And Birthdays Of John Martyn, Roy Ayers, Mickey Hart & Raymond Scott

Happy Birthday to vibes player Roy Ayers

Monday September 8

Global Village highlights some meetings of different musical worlds, including world jazz fusion from George Brooks, Fareed Haque, and Lionel Loueke; a different approach to a Pat Metheny composition from salsa star Ruben Blades; the world chamber sounds of Ensemble Polaris; Spanish Celtic music from Milladoiro; and some bossa Beatles.

Tuesday September 9

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8:18 am
Mon September 8, 2014

September Hispanic Heritage Month Feature With Latin Soul And Spanish Blues

Vargas Blues Band's Texas Tango
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September 12/14

With the start of the annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration only days away (it runs Sept.15 –Oct. 15), Crossroads embarks on a rather different feature this month, highlighting Latin soul and Spanish blues.

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11:51 am
Tue September 2, 2014

September Feature Jane Bunnett, Labor Day Celebrations & Horace Silver Birthday Salute

Jane Bunnett, soprano sax and flute player

Monday 9.1.14

Night Train marks Labor Day with some jazz songs about work; celebrates birthdays of pianist Gene Harris, keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, singer Terri Thornton, and saxophonist Art Pepper; and kicks off a new month’s feature of music from soprano sax and flute player and explorer of a wide range of Cuban jazz, Jane Bunnett. Plus, a Labor Day special in hour two of the show highlighting Popular Songs on the Picket Line.

Global Village and Strange Currency also feature music for Labor Day tonight.

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11:32 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Labor Day Special, New Month/New Music & Fania Records 50th

Celebrate Labor Day with the Strawbs

Monday September 1: Labor Day Special

Global Village celebrates Labor Day with songs about work and working, the people who do it and the joys of it - from the Strawbs, Toots Hibbert, Van Morrison, Sting, Abbey Lincoln, the Beatles, Jimmy Reed, the Roches and more.

Strange Currency and Night Train also feature music for Labor Day tonight.

Tuesday September 2

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11:16 am
Tue September 2, 2014

September New Month/New Music

Elvin Bishop, Can't Even Do Wrong Right
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September 5/7

It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to highlight the best in new releases.

Among the new blues titles featured this time at the Crossroads are releases from Elvin Bishop, Grady Champion, Seth Walker, Murali Coryell (son of jazz guitar great Larry Coryell), Juno Award winning Canadian blues band Fathead, and an impressive new release from Levon Helm protégé Alexis P. Suter and her band.

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11:01 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Night Train Top 40 Albums For August 2014

Mike LeDonne's I Love Music
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Night Train - Top 40 August 2014

1. Mike LeDonne - I Love Music (Savant)

2. Larry Goldings, Peter Bernstein, Bill Stewart - Ramshackle Serenade (Pirouet)

3. Steve Khan - Subtext (Tone Center)

4. Bob Stewart - Connections: Mind the Gap (Sunnyside

5. Jane Bunnett - Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (Justin Time)

6. Bobby Hutcherson - Enjoy the View (Blue Note)

7. Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden - Last Dance (ECM)

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10:54 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Global Village Top 40 Albums Of August 2014

Toumani and Sidiki Diabate
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Global Village - Top 40 August 2014

1.  Toumani & Sidiki Diabate - Toumani & Sidiki (Nonesuch/World Circuit)

2.  Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso - Segunda (Adventure Music)

3.  Fela - Finding Fela OST (Knitting Factory)

4.  Sia Tolno - African Woman (LusAfrica)

5.  Sondorgo - Tamburocket Hungarian Fireworks (Riverboat)

6.  Mamadou Diabate - Griot Classique (Mamadou Diabate)

7.  Zongo Junction - No Discount (Electric Cowbell)

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10:49 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Crossroads Top 40 Albums of August 2014

True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story
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Crossroads Top 40 -  August 2014

1.      Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)

2.       Vaneese Thomas - Blues for My Father (Segue)

3.       Mud Morganfield/Kim Wilson - For Pops (Severn)

4.       Andy T/Nick Nixon Band - Livin' It Up (Delta Groove)

5.       Dave Specter - Message in Blue (Delmark)

6.       Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers - Emergency Situation (Blind Pig)

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