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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12:03 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Global Village Top 40 Albums For March 2015

The Widening Gyre's 'Altan'
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1.       Altan - The Widening Gyre (Compass)

2.       Anouar Brahem - Souvenance (ECM)

3.       Jaume Compte Nafas Ensemble - Tariq (Arc Music)

4.       Gov't Mule/John Scofield - Sco-Mule (Evil Teen)

5.       Various - Rough Guide to Psychedelic India (World Music Network)

6.       Nilson Matta - EastSideRioDrive (World Blue)

7.       Various - Algo Salvaje (Vampi Soul)

8.       Various - Rough Guide to African Rare Groove, Vol. 1 (World Music Network)

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11:57 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Crossroads Top 40 Albums For March 2015

'Chicago Harp Blues Sessions' from Martin Lang
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1.       Martin Lang - Chicago Harp Blues Sessions (Random Chance)

2.       Tinsley Ellis - Tough Love (Heartfixer Music)

3.       Eric Bibb - Blues People (Stony Plain)

4.       Raphael Wressnig - Soul Gumbo (Pepper Cake)

5.       Pops Staples - Don't Lose This (Anti-)

6.       Junior Wells - Southside Blues Jam (Delmark)

7.       Brad Absher & Swamp Royale - Lucky Dog (Montrose)

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12:59 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

New Month/New Music Time At The Crossroads

'Into The Sun' from Robben Ford

April 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 releases.

Among the new blues titles featured this time at the Crossroads are the latest from Shaun Murphy, Robben Ford, Anthony Gomes, Brad Hatfield, Brandon Santini, and a new compilation of the complete Chuck Berry Chess singles. Plus music from blues artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

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12:40 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Wrapping Up March Lloyd/Terry– Starting Billie Holiday Centennial Celebration + Guitar Birthdays

Guitarist Dave Stryker

Monday March 30

Night Train marks birthdays of two talented guitarists – Dave Stryker (who has a new album out in tribute to Stanley Turrentine) and Spain’s Ximo Tebar. Plus music from acclaimed saxophonist Steve Wilson (who has a regional performance coming up this week) and from March featured artists Clark Terry and Charles Lloyd – including a special in hour two of the show exploring the music of Lloyd’s ‘60s quartets.

Tuesday March 31

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11:57 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Wrapping Up Women In World Music, Starting World Jazz, Remembering Renbourn & New Month/New Music

Norwegian Trio Mediaeval

Monday March 30

Global Village continues the March Women in World Music Feature with music from Spain’s Carmen Cuesta, Somalia’s Maryam Mursal, this year’s Juno Award winners for Best Jazz Album – Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, and birthday artists Astrud Gilberto and Norah Jones (with Anoushka Shankar from the Grammy-nominated Traces of You album).

Tuesday March 31

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2:20 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Wrapping Up Our Sister Rosetta Tharpe Centennial/Gospel Blues Celebration

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Lucky Millinder Orchestra

March 27/29

Crossroads wraps up the March Sister Rosetta Tharpe/Gospel Blues feature with a classic from Tharpe with Marie Knight and an early recording she did with the Lucky Millinder Orchestra, along with music from Sister Wynona Carr, Otis Clay, the Golden Gate Quartet, and in hour two of the show, a special performance from the acclaimed sacred steel group, the Campbell Brothers.

Plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week and from Steve Hill, the winner of this year’s blues Juno Award.

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12:16 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

March Artists Clark Terry & Charles Lloyd And Salutes To Paul Motian & James Moody

Vibes player Stefon Harris

Monday March 23

Night Train celebrates birthdays of vibes players Dave Pike and Stefon Harris, and smart songwriter Dave Frishberg. There’s also more music from March featured artists Charles Lloyd (the first recorded version of “Dream Weaver” from a newly released album of previously unreleased concert performances) and Clark Terry (with singer Dinah Washington and pianist Oscar Peterson) – and in hour two, a special with Stefon Harris at Symphony Center.

Tuesday March 24

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11:18 am
Mon March 23, 2015

More Women In World Music, New English & Irish Folk & A Birthday Salute To The Queen Of Soul

Harmonica player Lee Oskar

Monday March 23

Global Village marks birthdays of eclectic vibes man Dave Pike, mandolin master David Grisman, and world- rock artist Damon Albarn. Plus music from flamenco great Paco de Lucia’s last album and more women in world music for the March Women’s History Month feature – including international star Angelique Kidjo and flamenco singer Estrella Morente.

Tuesday March 24

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10:10 am
Mon March 16, 2015

March Featured Artists Clark Terry & Charles Lloyd, Remembering Lew Soloff & St. Paddy’s Day Jazz

Clark Terry, March featured artist

Monday, March 16

Night Train continues with more music from March featured artists Clark Terry (this time with Duke Ellington) and Charles Lloyd, and begins a week-long tribute to trumpeter Lew Soloff. Plus birthday salutes to coronetist Ruby Braff, bassist Brian Torff, and ‘the poet of the piano’ Tommy Flanagan – including a Jazz Profiles special about his life and music in hour two of the show.

Tuesday, March 17

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9:41 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Sister Rosetta Tharpe Centennial, Regional Concerts & More

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

March 20/22

Friday is the centennial birthday of gospel great Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Crossroads continues the month-long feature with more music from her, one of her classic songs performed by the Holmes Brothers, related gospel blues, and a House of Blues Gospel Blues special in hour two of the show.

Plus music from Marcia Ball, who also celebrates a birthday Friday, and from several artists with regional concerts in the coming week.

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