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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Monday 7.20.15

Tonight on the Night Train, jazz-inspired albums from Van Morrison and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, solo projects from two Manhattan Transfer singers – Cheryl Bentyne and Janis Siegel, jazz giants Stan Getz and Dave Brubeck, pianists Ahmad Jamal (the July featured artist) and Brad Mehldau, and tributes to Thelonious Monk from Claire Daly and to Stevie Wonder from Yoron Israel.

Tuesday 7.21.15

Monday, July 20

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Carlos Santana (including a guest appearance with Angelique Kidjo and a live set with Buddy Miles), continues with more music from the Irish Celtic/World band, Kila, for the July feature (this time with music from their first full album and from a solo project from band piper, Eoin Dillon) – plus tracks from Tito Puente, Susana Baca, the Gipsy Kings and more.

Tuesday, July 21

July 17/19

The Crossroads July feature continues with more music from Willie Dixon (including appearances with the Big Three Trio and Sonny Boy Williamson), James Cotton (highlighting music from one of his earliest albums as a leader and a later release with a Willie Dixon song) and more Blues Blast Music Awards nominees (including Mississippi Heat, Robin McKelle, Doug MacLeod, Missy Anderson, Deb Ryder, and Mud Morganfield with Kim Wilson -  also doing a Willie Dixon classic).

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Monday 7.13.15

Night Train continues with more music from July featured artists Ahmad Jamal and Nina Simone; showcases new tribute albums from Cory Weeds (Jackie McLean), Jose James (Billie Holiday), Terrell Stafford (Lee Morgan), Charenee Wade (Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson) and Harry Allen (George Gershwin, Cole Porter & Duke Ellington); and marks the birthday of popular bassist Leroy Vinnegar – with music he did as a leader and with Sonny Rollins, Red Garland, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, and Les McCann & Eddie Harris at Montreux.

Monday, July 13

Tonight in the Global Village music from merengue tipica master Francisco Ulloa, contemporary Caribbean sounds from the John Santos Sextet, pioneering zouk group Kassav, world-chamber music from Canada’s Ensemble Polaris, Afro-soul from Maloko and Angelique Kidjo, and Latin soul from percussion master Willie Bobo.

Tuesday, July 14

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July 10/12

This week at the Crossroads - more music for the July feature from Willie Dixon (with Muddy Waters), James Cotton (from the album that featured his first recordings – Chicago/The Blues/Today), Living Blues and Blues Blast Award nominees, and the Holmes Brothers (in tribute to Wendell Holmes who passed away in June).

Monday 7.6.15

Night Train highlights some ‘hits’ tonight – bonafide jazz hits, jazz covers of pop hits, and some rare instances of jazz compositions that were turned into pop hits. Among the highlights, an early drummer-less version of “Poinciana” from July featured artist Ahmad Jamal, the song that revived Nina Simone’s career some 30 years after it was first recorded, and a new version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from bassist Ben Williams.

Tuesday 7.7.15

Monday, July 6

Global Village heads to the Caribbean for music from Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Martinique, and more from Kali, the Solo Harmonites, Kermit Ruffins, Buena Vista Social Club, Ray Obiedo, and Playing for Change 3. Plus music from July featured group Kila’s breakthrough album, Tog E Go Bog E, and some Caribbean inspired music from the late, great Ornette Coleman.

Tuesday, July 7

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

2.    Cyrus Chestnut - A Million Colors in Your Mind (High Note)

3.    Paquito D'Rivera & Quinteto Cimarron - Aires Tropicales (Sunnyside)

4.    Federico Britos - Hot Club of the Americas (3 Knocks Entertainment)

5.    Wes Montgomery - In the Beginning (Resonance)

6.    Harold Mabern - Afro Blue (Smoke Sessions)

7.    Russell Malone - Love Looks Good On You (High Note)

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

2.     Kentucky Headhunters/Johnnie Johnson - Meet Me In Bluesland (Alligator)

3.     The Texas Horns - Blues Gotta Holda Me (Vizztone)

4.     Jewel Brown - Roller Coaster Boogie (Dynaflow)

5.     Billy Price & Otis Clay - This Time for Real (Bonedog/Vizztone)

6.     Cash Box Kings - Holding Court (Blind Pig)

7.     Slam Allen - Feel These Blues (American Showplace Music)