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.


11:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Christmas, The Crescent City, The Caribbean, And The Clash

Paul Simonon, bassist with the Clash

Monday, December 15

Global Village kicks off the week with some holiday sounds from Cuba L.A and reggae’s Silvertones; new music from Medeski Scofield Martin Wood, and from Spain’s Alma Afrobeat Ensemble;  birthday salutes to Latin piano great Eddie Palmieri and Paul Simonon - bassist with the Clash; and one of the coolest versions of a BeeGees song you will ever hear (we promise).

Tuesday, December 16

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10:38 am
Mon December 8, 2014

New Jazz Holiday Releases + Birthdays Of Jimmy Smith, Donald Byrd & McCoy Tyner

Jazz organist Jimmy Smith

Monday 12.8.14

Night Train kicks off a week-long feature highlighting this year’s new jazz holiday releases with music from organists Radam Schwartz and Joey DeFrancesco. It’s also the birthday of legendary jazz organist Jimmy Smith - hour one features music he did as a leader and with jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery – then in hour two, it’s a Jazz Profiles special about the life and music of Jimmy Smith.

Tuesday 12.9.14

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10:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Human Rights Day, Exotica And Birthdays Of Joan Armatrading, Dan Hicks, Toots Hibbert & More

British singer/songwriter and guitarist Joan Armatrading

Monday, December 8

This time in the Global Village – some coastal sounds with music from Canadian group, Pacifika; from the Pacific Premiers album from Quartet San Francisco; the Garifuna Collective from the Caribbean coast of Central America; and from one of the pioneers of champeta music from the Caribbean coast of Columbia.

Tuesday, December 9

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9:45 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Remembering Bobby Keys & Ian McLagan, Plus Holiday And New Blues

Legendary saxophonist Bobby Keys

December 12/14

Crossroads remembers saxophonist Bobby Keys and keyboardist Ian McLagan, two prolific and blues-drenched players who worked with a who’s who of classic rock greats. Highlights include music they did with the Small Faces, Ron Wood, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Chuck Berry and more.

Plus some holiday blues sounds and new music from Johnny Winter, the Ultimate New Orleans Brass compilation, Otis Clay with Johnny Rawls, and the Andy T-Nick Nixon Band.

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9:14 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Night Train Top 40 Albums For November 2014

Medeski Scofield Martin Wood's top album for 2014, 'Juice'
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1.    Medeski Scofield Martin Wood - Juice (Indirecto)

2.    Kenny Barron/Dave Holland - The Art of Conversation (Impulse)

3.    Charlie Haden/Jim Hall - Charlie Haden/Jim Hall (Impulse)

4.    Richard Galliano - Sentimentale (Resonance)

5.    Freddy Cole - Singing the Blues (High Note)

6.    Conrad Herwig - The Latin Side of Joe Henderson (Half Note)

7.    Ali Jackson - Amalgamations (Sunnyside)

8.    Mike Longo Trio - Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live (CAP)

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9:06 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Global Village Top 40 Albums For November 2014

Zongo Junction's 'No Discount' is the top album of November 2014
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1.    Zongo Junction - No Discount (Electric Cowbell)

2.    Alma Afrobeat Ensemble - Life Get No Dublicate (Slow Walk Music)

3.    Arise Roots - Love and War (Arise Roots)

4.    Medeski Scofield Martin Wood - Juice (Indirecto)

5.    Sia Tolno - African Woman (LusAfrica)

6.    Khun Narin Electric Phin Band - Khun Narin Electric Phin Band (Innovative Leisure)

7.    Toure - Raichel Collective - The Paris Session (Cumbancha)

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8:57 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Crossroads Top 40 Albums For November 2014

'Soul Brothers' by Otis Clay and Johnny Rawls is the top album of November
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1.       Otis Clay/Johnny Rawls - Soul Brothers (Catfood)

2.       Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age (OKeh)

3.       Dr. John - Ske-Dat-De-Dat (Concord)

4.       JW-Jones - Belmont Boulevard (Blind Pig)

5.       Bobby Spencer - Hurricane Unleashed (R Music)

6.       Alexis P. Suter - Love the Way You Roll (American Showplace Music)

7.       Marcia Ball - The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man (Alligator)

8.       Missy Anderson - In the Moment (Main Squeeze)

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9:33 am
Mon December 1, 2014

World AIDS Day, Birthday Salutes To Jaco Pastorius, Wynton Kelly, Jim Hall & Cassandra Wilson

Wynton Kelly, Jamaican American jazz pianist and composer

Monday 12.1.14

Night Train marks World AIDS Day with music from the Red Hot benefit releases and a benefit album from pianist Fred Hersch. Also a birthday salute to influential bassist Jaco Pastorius with music he did as a solo artist, and Weather Report and Joni Mitchell; Chick Corea’s Latin Grammy winning album The Vigil; and new releases from tuba master Bob Stewart, Hungarian saxophonist Viktor Toth, pianist & vocalist Andy Bey, and the duo of Kenny Barron and Dave Holland.

Tuesday 12.2.14

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9:03 am
Mon December 1, 2014

World AIDS Day, New Month/New Music Day, And Birthdays Of Nino Rota, Kate Rusby & Anna McGarrigle

Monday, December 1

Special: Global Village marks World Aids Day in a special show devoted to the world music side of the “Red Hot” releases, a series of some 16 recordings in various styles to benefit the Red Hot Organization.  Since it began in 1989, the Red Hot series has involved some 400 international artists and raised over $10 million dollars for AIDS education and prevention programs around the world.

Tuesday, December 2

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8:37 am
Mon December 1, 2014

New Month/New Music Time – Including New Holiday Titles

The Chris O'Leary Band 'Live At Blues Now!'
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December 5/7

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:

New holiday blues releases

Live sets from the Chris O’Leary Band and Gary Clark, Jr.

A tribute to Paul Butterfield

And the latest from Eric Bibb, Mississippi Heat, Billy Boy Arnold, Marcia Ball, and Linsey Alexander

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