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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April 8/10

Crossroads highlights recordings from the Impressions, Clifton Chenier, and Blind Willie McTell that were just inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

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Monday, April 4

Global Village kicks off the April feature celebrating the 20th anniversary of acclaimed Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia with a signature tune from the group’s debut release. Plus birthday salutes to English folk rock bassist Danny Thompson, South African legend Hugh Masekela, blues great Muddy Waters, and Latin jazz pianist Michel Camilo – and a special salute to Square Root Day!

Tuesday, April 5

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1.       Solas - All Those Years (THL)

2.       17 Hippies - Anatomy & Metamorphosis (Hipster)

3.       Michael Messer's Mitra - Call of the Blues (Knife Edge)

4.       Eva Salina - Lema Lema (Vogiton)

5.       Maria Pomianowska & Groupe Gainde - Warszawa-Dakar (For-Tune Productions)

6.       Las Hermanas Caronni - Navega Mundos (Adami)

7.       Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet - Eight Winds (ECM)

8.       Aziza Brahim - Abbar El Hamada (Glitterbeat)

9.       Inti-Illimani - Teoría de Cuerdas (Inti-Illimani)

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 1.                Elmore James - The Complete Singles As & Bs 1951-62 (Acrobat)

2.                James Hunter Six - Hold On! (Daptone)

3.                Benny Turner - When She's Gone (Nola Blue)

4.                Michael Messer's Mitra - Call of the Blues (Knife Edge)

5.                Toni Lynn Washington – I Wanna Dance (Regina Royale)

6.                Andy Santana & the West Coast Playboys - Watch Your Step! (Delta Groove)

7.                Harmonica Shah - If You Live to Get Old, You Will Understand (Electro-Fi)

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1.          Herlin Riley - New Direction (Mack Avenue)

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

3.          Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, La Orquesta Sinfonietta - Canto America (Patois)

4.          Christian Tamburr - People Talk (Christian Tamburr)

5.          Bill O'Connell & the Latin Jazz All-Stars - Heart Beat (Savant)

6.          Kim Nalley - Blues People (Kim Nalley)

7.          Mike Freeman ZonaVibe - Blue Tjade (VOF)

8.          John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

With any luck, the current interest in Cuba will also draw more attention to Cuban music, one of that country's best and most reliable exports for several centuries now. In recent decades, another reliable Cuban export has been people, including some remarkable musicians who now call America home.

Monday 3.28.16

Night Train highlights tribute albums (Roseanna Vitro with the music of Clare Fischer, Laurie Antonioli’s celebration of Joni Mitchell, and the Dave Liebman Big Band playing the music of Wayne Shorter) along with a number of great jazz saxophonists - including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollin, Stan Getz, Hank Crawford, and Cannonball Adderley.

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Monday, March 28

Global Village highlights some giants of world music – including South Africa’s Mahotella Queens, reggae great Peter Tosh, English folk-rock singer/songwriter John Martyn, Chilean new song masters, Inti-Illimani, and the ‘new flamenco’ classic from the Songhai lineup.

Tuesday, March 29

April 1/3

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 are new albums from:

Soul blues singer and harp man Curtis Salgado

Singer Janiva Magness

Crescent City “Prodigal Son” Keith Stone

“The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” Charles Bradley

Jazzy B3 player King Louie with singer LaRhonda Steele

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March 25/27

Crossroads wraps up the month long salute to this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees with recordings from Mamie Smith, Jimmy Rogers, and Leroy Carr that will go into the Hall of Fame this year.