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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April 29/May 1

Crossroads wraps up its month-long celebration of the 120th birthday of Rev. Gary Davis with classic songs that Davis recorded and that were covered by Dave Van Ronk, and Rambling Jack.

Monday 4.25.16

Tonight on the Night Train, birthday salutes to drummer Carl Allen, and ‘The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald, including a Jazz Profiles special featuring Ella in hour two of the show. Also a new release featuring music from one of Phil Woods’ last performances, and singer Mary Stallings’ cover of one of April featured artist Benny Carter’s most popular songs.

Tuesday 4.26.16

Monday, April 25

Global Village highlights reggae and reggae influenced music from Bob Marley, his son Ziggy Marley, Jamaican guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, highlife-reggae-soul group Selasee & the Fafa Family and more.

Tuesday, April 26

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April 22/24

Crossroads continues its month long celebration of the 120th birthday of gospel blues great, Rev. Gary Davis, with music from one of his classic albums, Harlem Street Singer, and covers of his songs from Rory Block, the Sojourners, and the Ragpicker String Band.

Monday 4.18.16

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train to pianist Hal Galper, drummer Danny Gottlieb, and Texas bluesman Gatemouth Brown (including a special in hour two of the show, Clarence Gatemouth Brown at the Fur Peace Ranch). Also music from April featured artist Benny Carter with Sarah Vaughan, from newly named Guggenheim fellow Wayne Shorter, and from new releases by guitarist Russell Malone, and saxophonists Charles Lloyd and Phil Woods.

Tuesday 4.19.16

Monday, April 18

Global Village highlights some wind instruments from around the world, including the Indian brass band Rajasthan Express, Romanian brass band (and April featured artists) Fanfare Ciocarlia, the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, saxophonist and 2016 NEA Jazz Master Pharoah Sanders, Argentine saxophonist Gato Barbieri, bass clarinetist Oran Etkin and more.

Tuesday, April 19

If musicians, both past and present, have struggled with how to make a living, Rev. Gary Davis offers one of the rare counterexamples of an artist who spurned opportunities to pursue what he saw as a higher calling.

Davis was a brilliant and eclectic guitarist, an inspired and beloved teacher, an enormous influence on the folk and blues booms of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, and the creator of such classics as "Candy Man," “Death Don't Have No Mercy," "I Belong to the Band," and "Samson and Delilah."

April 15/17

Crossroads celebrates birthdays of the Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith (including a special about her life and music in hour two of the show), and soul and gospel singer Mighty Sam McClain. Plus more for the April gospel blues feature – including music from the Holmes Brothers and Wee Willie Walker –   along with concert previews, and new music from L.A.’s Dennis Jones, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and the Jon Spear Band.

Monday 4.11.16

Lots of clarinets tonight on the Night Train, with music from bebop clarinet pioneer Buddy DeFranco and contemporary artists including Dr. Michael White, Anat Cohn, Ken Peplowski, David Murray, and Paquito D’Rivera. Plus the Ted Rosenthal Trio’s remarkable reinvention of “Rhapsody in Blue,” Jane Ira Bloom’s surprising ballad project Sixteen Sunsets, and the jazz side of Ray Charles

Tuesday 4.12.16

Monday, April 11

Global Village celebrates the birthday of singer Neville Staple of the Specials,  continues with more music from April featured artists Fanfare Ciocarlia – this time with music from their new 20th anniversary set, Onwards to Mars! – and highlights new music from Brazil’s Sociedade Recreativa, a Colombian roots project from Sidestepper, the One-Drop Anthems compilation, and a 50th anniversary release from one of the great groups of the Latin American New Song movement: Chile’s Inti-Illimani.

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