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.       Slam Allen - Feel These Blues (American Showplace Music)

2.       Robin Trower - Something's About to Change (V12)

3.       Kentucky Headhunters/Johnnie Johnson - Meet Me In Bluesland (Alligator)

4.       Deb Ryder - Let It Rain (Bejeb Music)

5.       Cash Box Kings - Holding Court (Blind Pig)

6.       The Texas Horns - Blues Gotta Holda Me (Vizztone)

7.       Robin McKelle & the Flytones - Heart of Memphis (Vizztone)

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

2.    Ben Williams - Coming of Age (Concord)

3.    Dana Landry Quartet - Standard Elevation (Dana Landry)

4.    Charenee Wade - Offering (Motema)

5.    Pearl Django - Time Flies (Modern Hot)

6.    Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble - Circulation (Planet Arts)

7.    Cory Weeds - Condition Blue (Cellar Live)

8.    Joshua Breakstone - 2nd Avenue (Capri)

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  1.       Chico Trujillo - Reina de Todas Las Fiestas (Barbes)

2.       Bolo - Bolo (Bolo)

3.       Various - Trojan Records Vinyl reissues: various titles (Sanctuary)

4.       Various - Afro-Caribbean Party (Putumayo)

5.       Flavia Coehlo - Mundo Meu (Mr. Bongo)

6.       Tipsy Oxcart - Upside Down (Tipsy Oxcart)

7.       Buena Vista Social Club - Lost and Found (World Circuit)

8.       Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa (World Circuit)

July 31/August 2

Crossroads wraps up the July features with music from:

  Monday 7.27.15

Night Train marks birthdays of Kansas City singing star Karrin Allyson, Latin jazz pianist Edward Simon, and adventurous guitarist Joel Harrison. Plus more from July featured artists Ahmad Jamal and Nina Simone, and new music from bassists Ben Williams and Lee Smith, the Dana Landry Quartet, Robert Glasper, and Charles McPherson.

  Tuesday 7.28.15

Monday, July 27

It’s a potpourri of sounds from around the globe this time in the Global Village, including music from Paul Simon’s Graceland, exotica from the Arthur Lyman Group, Okinawa’s Shoukichi Kina, Monty Alexander’s Ivory & Steel Caribbean band, German reggae from Jahcoustix, and some Balkan sounds by way of Montreal from Briga.

Tuesday, July 28

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July 24/26

Crossroads continues with more music from July featured artists Willie Dixon (with covers of his songs from Joe Bonamassa, Magnus Berg, Junior Wells, and the Rolling Stones) and James Cotton (including music from the Harp Attack! album, one of his earliest recordings on Sun Records, and new music from his former guitarist Slam Allen).

Monday 7.20.15

Tonight on the Night Train, jazz-inspired albums from Van Morrison and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, solo projects from two Manhattan Transfer singers – Cheryl Bentyne and Janis Siegel, jazz giants Stan Getz and Dave Brubeck, pianists Ahmad Jamal (the July featured artist) and Brad Mehldau, and tributes to Thelonious Monk from Claire Daly and to Stevie Wonder from Yoron Israel.

Tuesday 7.21.15

Monday, July 20

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Carlos Santana (including a guest appearance with Angelique Kidjo and a live set with Buddy Miles), continues with more music from the Irish Celtic/World band, Kila, for the July feature (this time with music from their first full album and from a solo project from band piper, Eoin Dillon) – plus tracks from Tito Puente, Susana Baca, the Gipsy Kings and more.

Tuesday, July 21

July 17/19

The Crossroads July feature continues with more music from Willie Dixon (including appearances with the Big Three Trio and Sonny Boy Williamson), James Cotton (highlighting music from one of his earliest albums as a leader and a later release with a Willie Dixon song) and more Blues Blast Music Awards nominees (including Mississippi Heat, Robin McKelle, Doug MacLeod, Missy Anderson, Deb Ryder, and Mud Morganfield with Kim Wilson -  also doing a Willie Dixon classic).