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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June 19/21

Crossroads continues the June Electric Chicago Blues/Chess Records 65th Anniversary Feature with music from two pioneering rock artists on the label – Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.

Plus electric Chicago blues from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band (inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame this year), Bernard Allison, and Muddy Waters – and a special in hour two celebrating one of today’s best known Chicago blues guitarists, the legendary Buddy Guy.

Monday, June 15

This time in the Global Village, we  ‘give the drummer some’ – with M’Boom - the all-percussion lineup led by Max Roach, Latin jazz percussion giant Mongo Santamaria, tabla master Tanmoy Bose, and world frame drum expert Glen Velez. Plus the Soul Brothers of South Africa, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, and Indian jazz fusion group, the Taal Tantra Experience.

Tuesday, June 16

Monday 6.8.15

Tonight on the Night Train, some great singers on board– including Diana Krall, Ruth Brown, Kurt Elling, and Abbey Lincoln, plus classics from Art Tatum and Lee Morgan, along with music from vibes players Gary Burton (with Chick Corea) and Erik Charlston (with JazzBrasil), and guitarist Grant Geissman (teamed up with Yellowjackets co-founder Russell Ferrante).


Tuesday 6.9.15

June 12/14

Crossroads kicks of the June Electric Chicago Blues feature (a celebration of both the 100th birthday of solid body electric guitar pioneer Les Paul and the 65th anniversary of the first record on the Chess label) with some classic recordings from Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and a House of Blues Chicago Blues special in hour two of the show.

Plus a birthday salute to Chicago blues bassist, singer and bandleader, Queen Sylvia Embry, remembering Marcus Belgrave, and artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week.

Monday, June 8

Guitarists from several different traditions are featured this time in the Global Village – Teta from Madagascar, Latin/Caribbean jazz fusion player Ray Obiedo, Mali’s Boubacar Traore, world jazz pioneer Gabor Szabo, and Harry Manx, who brings together Indian music and the blues. Plus blasts from the past from the Grammy-winning Folksongs for a Nuclear Village album from Shadowfax, and from the classic Shoot Out the Lights album by Richard and Linda Thompson.

Tuesday, June 9

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June 5/7

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 new albums from:

Blues harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite

The Kentucky Headhunters with Chuck Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson

Soul blues star Otis Clay with Billy Price

The 2014 International Blues Challenge winner, Mr. Sipp

Monday 6.1.15

Night Train kicks off the June Electric Jazz Guitar feature (celebrating the 100th birthday of solid body electric pioneer Les Paul) with music from Les Paul, jazz guitar ‘power trio’ pioneer Kenny Burrell, and two exciting contemporary jazz guitarists – Nels Cline and Julian Lage.

Monday, June 1

Global Village kicks off the June Guitar feature with a program featuring a variety of global guitarists – including Santana, English folk great John Renbourn, African-fusion player Leni Stern, and some Latin Grammy-winning music from flamenco guitarist Tomatito with the legendary Paco de Lucia.

Tuesday, June 2

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1.   Dave Stryker - Messin' with Mr. T (Strike Zone)

2.   Mary Stallings - Feelin' Good (High Note)

3.   Joe Alterman - Georgia Sunset (Joe Alterman)

4.   Sarah Partridge - I Never Thought I'd Be Here (Origin)

5.   Jacky Terrasson - Take This (Impulse)

6.   Jose James - Yesterday I Had the Blues (Blue Note)

7.   Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet - Intents and Purposes (Enja)

8.   Albert 'Tootie' Heath - Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside)

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1.  Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca - At Home (Jazz Village)

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

3.  Ophelie Gaillard - Alvorada (Aparte)

4.  Taraf de Haidouks - Of Lovers, Gamblers & Parachute Skirts (Crammed Discs)

5.  Samba Toure - Gandadiko (Glitterbeat)

6.  Ludovico Einaudi - Taranta Project (Ponderosa)

7.  Anouar Brahem - Souvenance (ECM)

8.  Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Ba Power (Glitterbeat)