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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November 27/29

This week Crossroads wraps up the month-long celebration of the centennial birthday of Piedmont blues great Brownie McGhee. There are also some special sounds in store as Crossroads highlights the new blues and R&B recordings just named to the Grammy Hall of Fame, and also the newly named nominees for the Maple Blues Awards, the most prestigious of the Canadian blues awards. Plus new releases, classic recordings, and music from artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

This week on Night Train, we'll look at jazz records in the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame, we'll have birthday salutes to Paul Desmond, Teddy Wilson and more, and we'll continue our celebration of the November featured artist Billy Strayhorn. And here's a bonus--read Chris Heim's book review of Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life edited by A. Alyce Claerbaut and David Schlesinger. Here are the daily details for the week:

Monday, November 23

Global Village celebrates birthdays of one of Spain’s greatest composers, Manuel de Falla, Italian minimalist Ludovico Einaudi, and Balkan blues (and more) artist Koby Israelite. Plus more music from Ethiopia for the November feature – this time including new music from the group Qwanwa – and new music from ‘desert blues’ band Terakaft, flamenco/North African music of Seffarine, Canada’s Soul Jazz Orchestra, and the wild and wooly world jazz ensemble TriBeCaStan.

Tuesday, November 24

As famous as Duke Ellington is (and apparently he isn't to all. In front of the Ellington exhibit at the Smithsonian some years ago, a small child asked who he was. Her mother muttered, "I don't know, some kind of royalty," and hustled her off to a toy exhibit down the hall.), so largely unknown is Billy Strayhorn.

Monday, November 16

More for this month's feature celebrating the music of Billy Strayhorn and newly announced NEA Jazz Masters Pharoah Sanders and Archie Shepp, plus a few tunes from vocalist and pianist Diana Krall for her birthday.

November 20/22

This week at the Crossroads there’s more from November featured artist Brownie McGhee for his centennial birthday – including some rare jump blues he recorded for the Savoy label, along with classic blues, folk blues, and soul folk releases he did with long time partner Sonny Terry.

Monday, November 16

Global Village highlights world saxophones, including music from Tommy McCook, one of the founding members of Jamaica’s acclaimed ska band, the Skatalites; Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett with the Cuban group, Maqueque; Norwegian world-jazz saxophonist Karl Seglem; flamenco sax from Jorge Pardo; and Senegalese saxophonist Dexter Johnson.

Tuesday, November 17

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November 13/15

Throughout November Crossroads celebrates the centennial birthday of blues great Brownie McGhee – this time including music from the hit Sonny & Brownie album and other recordings with long time partner Sonny Terry, from the American Folk Blues Festival with T Bone Walker and Willie Dixon, and an R&B hit he had under his own name in the late ‘40s.

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Monday 11.9.15

Night Train highlights some jazz trombones – including trombone great J.J. Johnson, and new releases from trombonists Michael Dease, Wayne Wallace, and the Band of Bones.

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Monday, November 9

Global Village celebrates Cambodian Independence Day with music from the Golden Age of Cambodian Rock and some contemporary groups and artists creating their own distinctive contemporary Cambodian music. Among the artists featured are Cambodian stars Sinn Sisamouth and Ros Seresyothea, contemporary bands Dengue Fever and Cambodian Space Project, and Cambodian-American artists Kmang Kmang and Bochan.

Tuesday, November 10