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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Blues
5:40 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Top 40 Albums September 2013

1.       Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (RCA/Silvertone)

2.       Robben Ford - Bringing It Back Home (Provogue)

3.       Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind (Masterworks)

4.       Samantha Fish - Black Wind Howlin' (Ruf)

5.       Blind Willie Johnson - The Rough Guide to Blues Legends: Blind Willie Johnson (World Music Network)

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Blues
6:42 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Top 40 Albums August 2013

1. Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (RCA/Silvertone)
2. Merry Clayton - Best of Merry Clayton (Ode/Legacy)
3. Dayna Kurtz - Secret Canon Vol. 2 (Kismet/MC Records)
4. Various - 20 Feet from Stardom (Columbia)
5. Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin’ (Blind Pig)

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World Music
6:41 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Top 40 Albums August 2013

1. Cesaria Evora - Mae Carinhosa (LusAfrica)
2. John Scofield - Uberjam Deux (EmArcy)
3. Garifuna Collective - Ayo (Cumbancha)
4. Jahcoustix - Frequency (Irievibrations)
5. Femi Kuti - No Place for My Dream (Knitting Factory)

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Jazz
6:23 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Top 40 Albums August 2013

1. Aaron Diehl - The Bespoke Man’s Narrative (Mack Avenue)
2. Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette - Somewhere (ECM)
3. Jacky Terrasson - Gouache (Sunnyside)
4. Cecile McLorin Salvant - Woman Child (Mack Avenue)
5. Joe Locke - Lay Down My Heart (Motema)

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World Music
5:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

September Feature: Mulatu Astatke

Credit Asaf Antman / Flickr

Few artists can claim to single-handedly create a musical style, but Mulatu Astatke is one of them. He is the founder of Ethio-Jazz, a hypnotic blend of Ethiopian music and various jazz influences that has attracted a growing international audience in recent years. Throughout September, Global Village features music from Astatke, ranging from some of his earliest recordings to a new album and first international release, Sketches of Ethiopia, out September 10th.

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Jazz
5:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

September Feature: Gary Burton

Earlier this year vibes master and jazz educator Gary Burton turned 70. But the celebrations are just getting underway now with the August release of the new Guided Tour album by the New Gary Burton Quartet and the publication of his autobiography, Learning to Listen: The Jazz Journey of Gary Burton, at the beginning of September.

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Blues
5:00 am
Mon September 2, 2013

September Feature: Maria Muldaur

Credit MariaMuldaur.com

Though Maria Muldaur made her mark on the pop charts with her big hit, "Midnight at the Oasis," her real legacy instead is the long line of impressive and eclectic roots music recordings that followed. Now celebrating her 70th birthday, she remains an impressive singer and interpreter of rich, deep veins of American music.

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Blues
8:51 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Top 40 Albums July 2013

1. Mavis Staples - One True Vine (Anti-)
2. Bobby McFerrin - Spirit You All (Masterworks)
3. Trampled Under Foot - Badlands (Telarc)
4. Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa - Seesaw (J&R Adventures)
5. Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin’ (Blind Pig)

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Blues
8:00 am
Thu August 1, 2013

August Feature: Allen Toussaint and J.J. Cale

Allen Toussaint at the piano on stage at the Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans.
Credit Marie Carianna / Wikimedia Commons

Throughout August, Crossroads features music from legendary pianist, composer, producer and National Medal of Arts recipient Allen Toussaint and also Americana singer-songwriter J.J. Cale who passed away at the end of July.

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Jazz
6:05 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Top 40 Albums July 2013

1. Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette - Somewhere (ECM)
2 . Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet - Desertico (Ota)
3. Eliane Elias - I Thought About You (Concord)
4. Cecile McLorin Salvant - Woman Child (Mack Avenue)

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