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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Monday, June 6

Global Village marks the birthday of Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander; continues with more music from June featured artists Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble – this time with music from Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, who composed for the Ensemble; and highlights music from the new studio release, Culcha Vulcha, from Snarky Puppy and new reggae albums from Natty Nation, and the Wailing Wailers (a reissue of the debut album from the original Wailers lineup of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer).

June 10/15

Crossroads marks birthdays of blues greats Howlin’ Wolf (June 10) and Leroy Carr (June 12) this week. Plus more music for the June feature celebrating the 45th anniversary of Alligator Records. Artists featured this time include Fenton Robinson, Albert Collins, Son Seals, Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins and more.

Album Cover Art

1.          Carla Bley – Andando el Tiempo (ECM)

2.          Charles Lloyd & the Marvels - I Long to See You (Blue Note)

3.          Ed Cherry – Soultree (Posi-Tone)

4.          Joe Chambers – Landscapes (Savant)

5.          Hristo Vitchev – In Search of Wonders (Hristo Vitchev)

6.          Herlin Riley - New Direction (Mack Avenue)

7.          Freddy Cole – He Was the King (High Note)

8.          Kevin Mahogany - The Vienna Affair (Mahogany Jazz)

Album Cover Art

1.       Anoushka Shankar – Land of Gold (Deutsche Grammophon)

2.       Buyepongo – Todo Mundo (Buyepongo)

3.       Fela Ransome Kuti & Koola Lobitos – Highlife-Jazz and Afro Soul (Knitting Factory)

4.       Lakou Mizik – Wa Di You (Cumbancha)

5.       Various – Rough Guide to a World of Psychedelia (World Music Network)

6.       Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – It’s Time (Slow Walk Music)

7.       Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home (Sony Masterworks)

1.       Bonnie Raitt – Dig in Deep (Red Wing)

2.       Johnny Winter – Live in Sweden (MVD)

3.       Eric Bibb – North Country Far (Stony Plain)

4.       Cha Wa – Funk ‘n’ Feathers (Upt Music)

5.       Mac Arnold & Plate Full o’ Blues – Give It Away (Plantation #1 Productions)

6.       Guy King – The Truth (Delmark)

7.       Luther Dickinson - Blues and Ballads (New West)

8.       C.W. Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo (King Hokum)

Monday, May 30

Global Village remembers legendary Latin percussionist Armando Peraza on his birthday with music he did under his own name, with Santana, and with blues legend John Lee Hooker. Plus new music from Snarky Puppy, the Fela & Koola Lobitos compilation, and Buena Vista Social Club guitarist Eliades Ochoa – and more Music of India for the May feature from contemporary bhangra artist Taz and from world fusion composer James Asher.

Tuesday, May 31

June 3/5

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. Among the highlights this time:

Alligator Records Anniversary compilation and the latest Alligator releases from Moreland & Arbuckle, Toronzo Cannon, Curtis Salgado, and a tribute to Blind Willie Johnson in conjunction with the June Crossroads feature celebrating the blues label’s 45th anniversary

Monday 5.23.16

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Richie Beirach, trumpeter Randy Sandke, and clarinetists Ken Peplowski and Artie Shaw (including an Artie Shaw Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show). Plus more music from May featured artist Carla Bley (from her albums Heavy Heart and Looking for America) and new music from Three More Sounds’ tribute to McCoy Tyner and Gene Harris, and June Bisantz’s tribute to Chet Baker.

Tuesday 5.24.16

Monday, May 23

Throughout May, Global Village is featuring music of India and this time, the entire program is devoted to music of the subcontinent. Among the highlights, music from the legendary Ravi Shankar (in a piece he composed with Phillip Glass), daughter Anoushka Shankar, and nephew (and raga-rock pioneer) Ananda Shankar, the Indian blues of Michael Messer’s Mitra, Iranian sitarist Abbas Mehrpouya, the contemporary sounds of Tabla Beat Science, acclaimed sarodist Ali Akbar Khan, and the classic Call of the Valley album.

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