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 6/8

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 Chicago blues from Zora Young with Little Mike & the Tornadoes, and Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames

Eric Bibb with a tribute to Leadbelly

Canadian blues favorites Monkeyjunk

Guitarist Doug MacLeod

Blueswomen Karen Lovely, Fiona Boyes and Deb Callahan

NEW RELEASES FEATURED THIS WEEK:  Flutist Andrea Brachfeld, songwriter and singer Lorraine Feather, bassist Ron Carter w/the WDR Big Band, pianist Lafayette Harris, Jr. and the Jeff Benedict Big Big Band

Monday 11.2.15

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NEW RELEASES FEATURED THIS WEEK: Roots reggae from Tikan Jah Fakloly, Arabicana from NO Blues, sounds of the Silk Road from Karavan Sarai, and the return of Kandia Kouyate

Monday, November 2

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1.      Mike LeDonne - Awwl-RIGHT! (Savant)

2.      John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

3.      OJT – New Standards for the Green Lady (Jazz Daddy)

4.      Juli Wood Quartet - Synkka Metsa (OA2)

5.      Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields (Artist Share)

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

7.      Jeff Benedict Big Big Band – Holmes (Tapestry)

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

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1.       Various - The Ultimate Guide to Scottish Folk (Arc Music)

2.       Shooglenifty - The Untied Knot (Shoogle)

3.       John Renbourn - The Attic Tapes (Riverboat)

4.       Juli Wood Quartet - Synkka Metsa (OA2)

5.       Lau - The Bell That Never Rang (Reveal)

6.       Bolo - Bolo (Bolo)

7.       Terakaft - Alone (Out Here)

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

9.       SoulJazz Orchestra - Resistance (Strut)

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1.        Shemekia Copeland - Outskirts of Town (Alligator)

2.        Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown -  The Devil to Pay (Ruf)

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

4.        Jimmy Burns – It Ain’t Right (Delmark)

5.        Leon Bridges - Coming Home (Columbia)

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

7.        Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin - Lost Time (Yep Roc)

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

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October 30/November 1

Crossroads wraps up the October Maria Muldaur feature with music she did with then-husband Geoff Muldaur, as a special guest with  the Jug Band Extravaganza, and on her own albums, including Yes We Can!, the Grammy-nominated Richland Woman Blues, Music for Lovers, and Southland of the Heart.

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NEW RELEASES FEATURED THIS WEEK:  Kansas City’s OJT, Mike LeDonne & his Groover Quartet, Terell Stafford’s tribute to Lee Morgan, and the Complete Concert by the Sea from Erroll Garner.

Monday 10.26.15

NEW RELEASES FEATURED THIS WEEK: The Ultimate Guide to Scottish Folk, Treacherous Orchestra, Tom Teasley, and Archie Fisher.

Monday, October 26

Global Village journeys to Scotland for traditional and contemporary Scottish folk and folk rock for the October feature. Among the artists and groups featured are such legendary artists and bands as Archie Fisher, Bert Jansch, the Incredible String Band and Capercaillie – and rising stars including Karine Polwart, Emily Smith, Treacherous Orchestra, and The Chair.

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NEW RELEASES FEATURED THIS WEEK:  Guitarist John Scofield with his reunited ‘90s quartet, the gypsy jazz sounds of the Hot Club of Philadelphia, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s salute to the Crescent City, and a live set from the Christian McBride Trio.

Monday 10.19.15