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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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.

Monday 9.14.15

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of saxophonist, bandleader and co-founder of the innovative World Saxophone Quartet, Oliver Lake, and of Cuban bassist and Latin jazz pioneer Cachao. Plus new music from Dee Dee Bridgewater, the Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet, and Bob McChesney – and more highlights from September featured artist John Coltrane, including part one of a two-part Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show.

Tuesday 9.15.15

Monday, September 14

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Cuban master bassist Cachao and producer and Los Lobos band member Steve Berlin. Plus music from September featured artists, Third World, from their most recent album, Under the Magic Sun – and new music from the Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra, ‘desert blues’ group Terakaft, and Putumayo’s Afro-Caribbean Party compilation.

Tuesday, September 15

Tuesday, September 8

Night Train features new music from pianist and composer George Cables, selections from Mosaic Records' Limited Edition sets, and some favorites from trumpeter Thad Jones and saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank who rose to fame in Stan Kenton's Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra.

Wednesday, September 9

We'll hear some favorites from times long forgotten including tracks from Jimmy Smith and Wes Montgomery, Shirley Scott, Dexter Gordon and Horace Silver.

Thursday, September 10

September 11/13

Crossroads kicks off the September feature of music from three great artists who would have turned 90 this month – king of the blues B.B. King, blues hitmaker Jimmy Reed, and innovative R&B and roots of rock singer Roy Brown.

Plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week; new music from Ted Drozdowski’s Scissormen, Anthony Gomes, Barry Levenson, and the Joe Moss Band; and a B.B. special in hour two of the show.

Monday, September 7

Global Village celebrates Labor Day with songs about work and working, the people who do it and the joys and pains of it. Among the artists featured:  the Strawbs, Toots Hibbert, Van Morrison, Sting, Abbey Lincoln, the Beatles, Jimmy Reed, the Roches and more.

Tuesday, September 8

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

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

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

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

5.       Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters - Father's Day (Stony Plain)

6.       John Ginty - No Filter (American Showplace Music)

7.       Leon Bridges - Coming Home (Columbia)

8.       Charlie Musselwhite - I Ain't Lyin' (Henrietta)

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

2.       Various - Amplificador (Far Out)

3.       Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra - Vol. II (WST Ska Orchestra)

4.       Various - Rough Guide to Psychedelic Cumbia (World Music Network)

5.       ErsatzMusika - Navy Blue Nonesuch (ErsatzMusika)

6.       Nation Beat - Carnival Caravan (Nation Beat Music)

7.       Amara Toure - Amara Toure (Analog Africa)

8.       Les Ambassadeurs - Rebirth (World Village)