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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Music
9:13 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Al DiMeola, Sonny Clark, Janis Siegel & The First Record On Prestige

Celebrate the birthday of American jazz pianist Sonny Clark

Monday  7.21.14

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Sonny Clark and singer Helen Merrill; highlights new music from Fareed Haque and Chris Parker, along with a new reissue of the music of Morricone from Enrico Pieranunzi, Joey Baron & Marc Johnson; and features music from Charlie Haden’s Grammy-winning Nocturne album and, in hour two of the show, a special with Charlie Haden in a live performance with  Paul Bley.

Global Village will be featuring the world music side of Charlie Haden on tonight’s show.

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Music
8:41 am
Mon July 21, 2014

In A Gospel Groove With The Holmes Brothers, Campbell Brothers, B.B. King & Rebirth Brass Band

American Sacred Steel gospel group Campbell Brothers

July 25/27

Crossroads continues its July Blues Festival feature with live music from Mac Arnold, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and in hour two of the show, a concert performance from the acclaimed sacred steel group, the Campbell Brothers, at the Savannah Music Festival. Also music from Guy Forsyth, newly named NEA Heritage Fellows, the Holmes Brothers, and new music from the Rebirth Brass Band, the Gregg Allman tribute concert, All My Friends, and Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers.

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Music
4:46 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

A Tribute To Charlie Haden, Al DiMeola’s Birthday, RealWorld & WOMAD Music

Jazz bassist Charlie Haden

Monday  July 21

SPECIAL: Global Village pays tribute to bassist Charlie Haden who passed away earlier this month. In a special edition of the show, the world music side of Charlie Haden is showcased in music with the Liberation Music Orchestra, Cuban pianist Gonazlo Rubalcaba, Greek guitarist Nana Simopoulos, Portuguese Guitar master Carlos Paredes, and as part of an international trio with Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti and Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek.

Tuesday July 22

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Music
9:21 am
Mon July 14, 2014

In The Global Village: Bastille Day, Nelson Mandela International Day, Sixties World & the Silk Road

Celebrate Bastille Day with France-based group Lo'Jo

Monday  July 14

SPECIAL: Global Village celebrates Bastille Day with a special show devoted to music from France. Along with traditional music and musette, the show highlights French world music groups, and artists from different corners of the world who now call France home. Among the performers featured – Lo’Jo, Paris Combo, Kanda Bongo Man, Manu Dibango, Bibi Tanga, and Maurice el Medioni.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also be celebrating Bastille Day tonight.)

Tuesday July 15

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Music
9:16 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Live Music from Robert Cray, Ruthie Foster, Byther Smith And More At The Crossroads

American blues guitarist Robert Cray

July 18/20

This week at the Crossroads we remember bass great Charlie Haden and Wichita blues star Jesse Anderson, highlight new music from two up-and-coming names in blues – Selwyn Birchwood and Jarekus Singleton – and for our July Summer Blues Festival Feature, highlight live music from Robert Cray, Byther Smith, and in hour two of the show, a concert performance from Ruthie Foster at the Savannah Music Festival.

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Music
9:08 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Bastille Day, Charlie Haden Tribute, Prestige 65th & Jazz Birthdays On The Night Train

Guitarist Django Reinhardt co-founded the jazz group Hot Club of France in 1934.

Monday  7.14.14

SPECIAL: Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Bastille Day, the French National Holiday, with music from a wide range of French jazz artists, along with music inspired by and recorded in France.

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Music
11:18 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Birthdays of Louis Jordan, Joe Zawinul, Bela Fleck and hard bop masters Lee Morgan & Hank Mobley

Night Train gives a birthday salute to blues great Louis Jordan
Credit louisjordan.com

Monday  7.7.14

Night Train marks birthdays of jazz fusion great Joe Zawinul, hard bop tenor master Hank Mobley, and Prestige recording artist, guitarist Tiny Grimes. The July Prestige feature continues in hour two with a Jazz Profiles special devoted to one of the giants of the label, Gene Ammons. Plus new music from pianist Fred Hersch, guitarist Steve Khan, and a newly released concert set featuring David ‘Fathead’ Newman.

Tuesday  7.8.14

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Music
10:58 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Birthdays of Joe Zawinul, Mavis Staples, Bela Fleck & More

Jazz fusion great Joe Zawinul

Monday  July 7

Global Village celebrates the birthday of world jazz fusion great Joe Zawinul and also of Cuban-born Latin jazz percussionist Arturo Stable. Plus more music from the RealWorld label and this year’s Woman Festival lineup – the July Global Village feature – and new African sounds from Yaaba Funk and Sia Tolno (with Fela drummer and musical director Tony Allen).

Music from Joe Zawinul will also be featured tonight on the Night Train.

Tuesday July 8

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Music
10:22 am
Tue July 8, 2014

July Bluesfest feature kicks off with live music from B.B. King, Johnny Winter at Woodstock

Live music from B.B. King and others on Crossroads
Credit bbking.com

July 11/13

This week at the Crossroads, the July Blues Festival feature with classic live recordings and concert specials kicks off. This week, it’s live music from B.B. King, Otis Clay and Johnny Winter at Woodstock. Then in hour two, a special performance from Mavis Staples at the Newport Folk Festival.

Plus new music from Vaneese Thomas - the daughter of R&B legend Rufus Thomas, Dave & Phil Alvin, and Savoy Brown.

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Jazz
1:27 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Night Train Top 40 Albums of June 2014

NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 June  2014

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

2.    Leslie Pintchik - In the Nature of Things (Pintch Hard)

3.    Charlie Denard - From Brazil to New Orleans (Charlie Denard)

4.    Helge Lien Trio - Badgers and Other Beings (Ozella)

5.    Everette DeVan - For the Love of You (Henry)

6.    Janice Borla Group - Promises to Burn (Tallgrass)

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