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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1.       Third World - Third World (Caroline)

2.       Terakaft - Alone (Out Here)

3.       Van Morrison - The Essential Van Morrison (Exile/Legacy)

4.       Tom Teasley - Dreams of India (T&T)

5.       Forro in the Dark - Forro Zinho (Tzadik)

6.       Amadou Balake - In Conclusion (Stern's Music)

7.       Tipsy Oxcart - Upside Down (Tipsy Oxcart)

8.       Qwanqua - Volume Two (FPE)

9.       Various - Amplificador (Far Out)

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1.       Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar (RCA)

2.       Robert Cray Band - 4 Nights of 40 Years Live (Provogue)

3.       Shemekia Copeland - Outskirts of Town (Alligator)

4.       Sonny Landreth - Bound By the Blues (Provogue)

5.       Andy T/Nick Nixon Band - Numbers Man (Blind Pig)

6.       Jimmy Reed - The Complete Singles As and Bs 1953-1961 (Acrobat)

7.       John Primer - Muddy Waters 100 (Raisin' Music)

8.       Gregg Allman - Live: Back to Macon GA (Rounder)

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1.    Erroll Garner - The Complete Concert by the Sea (Columbia/Legacy)

2.    Karrin Allyson - Many a New Day (Motema)

3.    Jeff Benedict Big Big Band - Holmes (Jeff Benedict)

4.    Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio - Live in Studio (Whaling City Sound)

5.    George & Chico Freeman - All in the Family (Southport)

6.    Kenny Werner - The Melody (Pirouet)

7.    Dee Dee Bridgewater - Dee Dee's Feather (OKeh)

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October 2/4

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 blues releases.

Featured this time at the Crossroads are:

Savoy Brown with a new studio set celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band

An all-star cast from the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise on Jammin’ on the High Cs

Randall Bramblett’s Devil Music

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Monday 9.28.15

Night Train highlights more from September featured artist John Coltrane – including music from his classic album, My Favorite Things, and new releases with Coltrane tributes from Eric Alexander, Heads of State, the Jeff Benedict Big Big Band, and the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet.

Tuesday 9.29.15

Monday, September 28

Global Village marks birthdays of legendary soul singer Ben E. King, legendary Bollywood playback singer Lata Mangeshkar, zydeco star C.J. Chenier (the son of Zydeco King Clifton Chenier), and Brazilian soul pioneer Tim Maia. Plus music from September featured artists, Third World, and new music from Tom Teasley and the Vintage Latino compilation.

Tuesday, September 29

September 25/27

Crossroads wraps up the September 90 feature – marking birthdays of B.B. King, Jimmy Reed and Roy Brown, all born 90 years ago this month –– including music from new compilations of early classics from both King and Reed, and a B.B. King tribute special in hour two of the show.

Plus music from newly named Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, and new releases from Sonny Landreth, Buddy Guy, and Chris James with Patrick Rynn.

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September 19th marked the 60th anniversary of Erroll Garner’s historic 'Concert by the Sea'. It was part of a concert series that led to the famed Monterey Jazz Festival, and it resulted in an album that not only was Garner’s most successful, but was something like the ‘Kind of Blue’ of its era - it seemed nearly every home had one. Now, for the first time, the complete concert has been released and Night Train will feature music from it – both popular selections from the original album, and previously unreleased material – throughout the entire week.

Monday, September 21

Global Village marks International Day of Peace, a day set aside by the United Nations in support of world peace since 1982. The program highlights topical tunes from a variety of artists from around the world, including September featured artists Third World, Vieux Farka Toure, Van Morrison, Sameer Gupta, the Holmes Brothers, Edwin Starr and more.

Tuesday, September 22

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September 18/20

New music this time at the Crossroads from Robert Cray, Shemekia Copeland, Smokin’ Joe Kubek with Bnois King, and a sneak peek at the new album from Joe Louis Walker due out next month.

Plus more for the ‘September 90’ feature celebrating three artists born 90 years ago this month – R&B singer Roy Brown, blues hitmaker Jimmy Reed, and blues legend B.B. King.