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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4:43 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Night Train Top 40 Albums For April 2015

'Yesterday I Had The Blues' from Jose James
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1.    Jose James - Yesterday I Had the Blues (Blue Note)

2.    Molly Johnson - Because of Billie (Molly Johnson)

3.    Jacky Terrasson - Take This (Impulse)

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

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

6.    Charles Ruggiero - Boom Bang Boom Bang (Rondette)

7.    Steve Turre - Spiritman (Smoke Sessions)

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

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4:38 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Global Village Top 40 Albums For April 2015

Dengue Fever's 'The Deepest Lake'
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1.       Dengue Fever - The Deepest Lake (Tuk Tuk)

2.       Rebel Tumbao - Rebel Tumbao (Sacred Rhythm Music)

3.       Samba Toure - Gandadiko (Glitterbeat)

4.       Anouar Brahem - Souvenance (ECM)

5.       Don Drummond - Memorial Album (Trojan)

6.       Various - Rough Guide to Psychedelic Salsa (World Music Network)

7.       Marcus Miller - Afrodeezia (Blue Note)

8.       Eliane Elias - Made in Brazil (Concord)

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4:33 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Crossroads Top 40 Albums For April 2015

'Way Down South' from the Igor Prado Band
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1.       Igor Prado Band - Way Down South (Delta Groove)

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

3.       Chuck Berry - The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-1961 (Acrobat)

4.       Shaun Murphy - Loretta (Vision Wall)

5.       Martin Lang - Chicago Harp Blues Sessions (Random Chance)

6.       Eric Bibb - Blues People (Stony Plain)

7.       The Blues Disciples - Big Beat (Land O Blues)

8.       Benny Turner - Journey (NOLA Blue)

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1:51 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

New Month/New Music Time At The Crossroads

Otis Taylor's latest album 'Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat'
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May 1/3, 2015

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:

Top flight blues artists Otis Taylor, the Cash Box Kings, and Tad Robinson

Veteran performers Jorma Kaukonen, and John Mayall (with his 1967 Bluesbreakers lineup including Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood)

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1:36 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Birthdays Of Ellington, MJQ’s Connie Kay & Percy Heath, & Blossom Dearie + International Jazz Day

Connie Kay, Modern Jazz Quartet drummer

Monday, April 27

Night Train marks birthdays of Modern Jazz Quartet drummer Connie Kay, bassist Martin Wind (whose credits include work with Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts),  and guitarist Lionel Loueke – including a special performance from him at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show. Plus more music from Billie Holiday and new music from the Susan Krebs Chamber Band, Eric Reed, and Molly Johnson.

Tuesday, April 28

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1:02 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

International Jazz Day + Birthdays Of Leni Stern, Mario Bauza, Ray Barretto + New Month/New Music

Jazz-guitarist Leni Stern

Monday, April 27

Global Village highlights fiddles and flutes this time – including the ‘fiddles’ of Beausoleil, Jordi Savall, and Violons Barbares, and the flutes of Yusef Lateef, Flook, and a featured flute in music from the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, a Tropical Music Grammy winner. Plus music from two Rough Guide compilations – Scottish Music and Arabic Café.

Tuesday, April 28

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12:54 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

More Billie + Birthdays of Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Tito Puente & More

Jazz singer/songwriter Billie Holiday

Monday 4.20.15

Night Train continues the April Billie Holiday centennial birthday celebration and also marks birthdays of vibes great Lionel Hampton, Mambo King Tito Puente, guitarist Issi Rozen, and bassist Avishai Cohen. Plus new music from tenor saxophonist Harry Allen, drummer Quincy Davis, and pianist Dave Bass.

Tuesday 4.21.15

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12:36 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

More Jazz Appreciation Feature & A Louis Jordan Special + Remembering Percy Sledge

Jump blues great Louis Jordan

April 24/26

This week at the Crossroads we wrap up the April Jazz Appreciation Month feature with more jazzy-blues sounds and a special celebrating jump blues great Louis Jordan. Plus a tribute to Percy Sledge, the birthday of blues legend Albert King, and new music from Brad Absher & Swamp Royale, Shaun Murphy, and JJ Grey & Mofro.

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12:18 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Earth Day, Arbor Jazz + More World Jazz For Jazz Appreciation Month

Latin jazz legend 'El Rey' Tito Puente

Monday, April 20

The Global Village Jazz Appreciation Month celebration continues this time with music from three birthday artists who bring together world and jazz influences in their work – ‘El Rey’ Tito Puente, one of the legends of Latin jazz, and two Middle Eastern artists – bassist Avishai Cohen and guitarist Issi Rozen. Plus music from two new reissues- one featuring music of ska pioneer Don Drummond, and the other with highlife great E.T. Mensah.

Tuesday, April 21

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9:39 am
Tue April 14, 2015

National Recording Registry Inductees & The Blues And Jazz Of Jimmy Witherspoon

Jazz-singer Jimmy Witherspoon

April 17/19

Crossroads spotlights recordings newly inducted into the National Recording Registry; showcases new music from Albert Castiglia, Rory Block, the Duke Robillard Band, and Rob Stone; and, for the April feature celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month – music from T Bone Walker, organist Joey DeFrancesco with guitarist Danny Gatton, soul jazz organist Reuben Wilson, and blues-jazz singer Jimmy Witherspoon – including his version of a Billie Holiday classic and a special in hour two chronicling his life and music.

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