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.


8:46 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Remembering Horace Silver & Birthday Celebrations for Joe Chambers, Reggie Workman and Joey Baron

Legendary jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver

Monday 6.23.14

In a special edition of the show, Night Train pays tribute to legendary jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver, who passed away last week at the age of 85. In hour one of the show, music from throughout Horace Silver’s long career and covers of some of his classic songs.

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9:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Blue Note Hits & One-Hit Wonders, New Tribute Albums & Billy Drummond’s Birthday

American jazz drummer Billy Drummond

Monday 6.16.14

Night Train starts the week with a show devoted entirely to the June feature marking the 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records, one of the most respected labels in jazz history. In hour one, it’s music from label hitmaker Horace Silver, organists Jimmy Smith, Big John Patton and Larry Young, singers Van Morrison and Cassandra Wilson, and guitarist Kenny Burrell. Then in hour two a special about the music and history of Blue Note with producer Michael Cuscuna, who played a major role in the revival of the label in later years.

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8:44 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Afrobeat, Asian Rock and Ernest Ranglin Specials This Week in the Global Village

June featured artist Ernest Ranglin

Monday  June 16

An Afrobeat special this time in the Global Village to mark the birthday of Femi Kuti. Music from his father, Fela, and brother Seun Kuti, Australia’s Liberators, Italy’s Mamud Band, the U.S. based Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, and the new Sia Tolno album featuring Fela music director and drummer Tony Allen are also featured.

Tuesday  June 17

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8:38 am
Mon June 16, 2014

2012/13 Blues Music Awards winners, new IMA winners and Living Blues nominees

Valerie June, Crossroads featured award winner

June 20/22

Crossroads continues its look back at the last half decade of the Blues Music Awards with 2012 & 2013 winners featured this time. Plus music from the Independent Music Awards winners and Living Blues Awards nominees that were just recently announced, artists with concerts in the coming weeks, and new releases from Billy Branch, Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Among the award winners featured this time are Valerie June, Ruthie Foster, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Curtis Salgado, Tab Benoit, and Buddy Guy.

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9:14 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Birthdays of Cole Porter, Chick Corea, Les Paul, Bernard Purdie and more

American composer and songwriter Cole Porter

Monday 6.9.14

Night Train highlights more music from the Blue Note label to mark the 75th anniversary of the acclaimed jazz label, and marks birthdays of songwriter Cole Porter, guitarist Les Paul, and pianist Kenny Barron (including a performance from Kenny Barron at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show). Plus new music from Rene Marie, Lisa Ferraro, and the High Note Beatles Jazz Tribute compilation.

Tuesday 6.10.14

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9:09 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Joao Gilberto, Bernard Purdie & Chick Corea birthdays this week in the Global Village

Brazilian singer and guitarist Joao Gilberto

Monday  June 9

Global Village has the ‘blues’ this time – with blue and blues related music from Richie Havens, Terry Callier, Boris Kovac & La Campanella, I.K. Dairo & the Blue Spots, RealWorld’s Big Blue Ball project, and the new Rough Guide to African Blues among the featured selections.

Tuesday  June 10

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9:02 am
Mon June 9, 2014

This week at the Crossroads – the 2014 Blues Music Awards winners

2014 Blues Music Awards winner Buddy Guy

June 13/15

This week at the Crossroads, it’s the start of the June feature looking back at the last half-decade of Blues Music Awards winners. This week Crossroads focuses on the recently announced 2014 winners, including Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Gary Clark, Jr., and Irma Thomas.

Plus new music from JJ Thames, Mike Zito, Kent Burnside, Joe Louis Walker, and the new live tribute to Gregg Allman.

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10:28 am
Mon June 2, 2014

May Top 40 Recap on the Night Train

May's No.1: Craig Handy and 2nd Line Smith
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NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 May 2014

1.    Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith (OKeh)

2.    Monty Alexander Harlem Kingston Express - Vol. 2: The River Rolls On (Motema)

3.    Tim Hegarty - Tribute (Miles High)

4.    Fareed Haque - Trance Hypothesis (Delmark)

5.    Janice Borla Group - Promises to Burn (Tallgrass)

6.    Anton Schwartz - Flash Mob (Anton Jazz)

7.    Dave Stryker - Eight Track (Strikezone)

8.    Bruce Barth - Daybreak (Savant)

9.    Catherine Russell - Bring It Back (Jazz Village)

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10:24 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Da Lata caps Global Village's May Top 40

Da Lata's Fabiola No. 1 in May
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Global Village - Top 40 May 2014

1.       Da Lata - Fabiola (Agogo)

2.       Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Libation (Cumbancha)

3.       Kepa Junkera - Galiza (Fol Musica)

4.       Jerez Texas - Viento y Marea (Jerez Texas)

5.       Jaro Milko & the Cubalkanics - Cigarros Explosivos! (Asphalt Tango)

6.       Yaaba Funk - My Vote Dey Count (Sterns)

7.       Boris Kovac & La Campanella - Eastern Moon Rising (Riverboat)

8.       Garotas Suecas - Feras Miticas (VampiSoul)

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10:16 am
Mon June 2, 2014

May featured artist the Holmes Brothers are No. 1 on Crossroads' May Top 40

Brotherhood, The Holmes Brothers
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Crossroads Top 40 -  MAY 2014

1.       Holmes Brothers - Brotherhood (Alligator)

2.       Little Feat - Rad Gumbo (Warner Bros.)

3.       Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)

4.       John & Sylvia Embry - Troubles (Delmark)

5.       Dave Keller - Soul Changes (Tastee Tone)

6.       Brent Johnson - Set the World on Fire (Justin Time)

7.       John Nemeth - Memphis Grease (Blue Corn)

8.       Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (Provogue)

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