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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Music
9:02 am
Fri January 18, 2013

February Feature: Mardi Gras Month - Samba and the Sounds of Brazil

Throughout February, Global Village teams up with Night Train (Louis Armstrong) and Crossroads (New Orleans Blues and R&B) for a month-long Mardi Gras celebration. In the Global Village, we journey to one of the world's carnival hotspots - Brazil.

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Jazz
8:58 am
Fri January 18, 2013

February Feature: Louis Armstrong

Throughout February, Night Train teams up with Global Village (Samba and the Sounds of Brazil) and Crossroads (New Orleans Blues and R&B), for a month long Mardi Gras celebration. On the Night Train, we journey to the Crescent City for music from one of its greatest stars - Louis Armstrong.

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Blues
8:54 am
Fri January 18, 2013

February Feature: Mardi Gras Month - New Orleans Blues and R&B

Throughout February, Crossroads teams up with Global Village (Samba and the Sounds of Brazil) and Night Train (Louis Armstrong) for a month-long Mardi Gras celebration. At the Crossroads, it’s the sound of New Orleans blues and R&B.

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World Music
9:23 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Top 40 Albums December 2012

  1. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop)
  2. Tunji Oyelana - A Nigerian Retrospective (Soundway)
  3. Various - Diablos del Ritmo (Analog Africa)
  4. Various - Cumbia Beat Vol.
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Jazz
9:20 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Top 40 Albums December 2012

  1. Joey DeFrancesco - Wonderful! Wonderful! (High Note)
  2. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias - Swept Away  (ECM)
  3. Ed Cherry - It's All Good (Posi-Tone)
  4. George Cables - My Muse (High Note)
  5. Denise Donatelli - Soul Shadows (Savant)
  6. Graham Dechter - Takin' It There (Capri)
  7. Brubeck Brothers - Life Times (Blue Forest)
  8. Clayton Brothers - The Gathering (Artist Share)
  9. Julian Shore - Filaments (Tone Rogue)
  10. Bruce Barth - Three Things of Beauty (Savant)
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Blues
9:15 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Top 40 Albums December 2012

  1. Lindsey Alexander - Been There Done That (Delmark)
  2. Sunny Crownover - Right Here Right Now (Blue Duchess)
  3. Lee Boys - Testify (Evil Teen)
  4. Quintus McCormick - Still Called The Blues (Delmark)
  5. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
  6. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)
  7. Mississippi Heat - Delta Bound (Delmark)
  8. Mitch Woods - Blues Beyond Borders (Club 88/Vizztone)
  9. Van Morrison - Born to Sing: No Plan B (Exile/Blue Note)
  10. The Blues Broads - The Blues Broads (Delta Groove)
  11. Chris O'Leary Band - Waitin
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Books
12:07 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Best Books in Music of 2012 - Chris Heim's Picks

1. When I Left Home: My Story by Buddy Guy (DaCapo Press) The newly named Kennedy Center honoree offered a surprisingly readable look back at his life here, including a vivid account of the tough times he faced at first in Chicago and intriguing portraits of some of the blues legends whose paths he crossed on the way to become one himself.

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World Music
2:41 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Global Village Best of 2012

  1. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
  2. Anoushka Shankar - Traveller (Deutsche Grammophon)
  3. Rabih Abou-Khalil - Hungry People (World Village)
  4. Terakaft - Kel Tamasheq (World Village)
  5. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Radio Salone (Cumbancha)
  6. Paco de Lucia - En Vivo (Decca)
  7. Enzo Avitabile - Black Tarantella (CNI Music)
  8. Staff Benda Bilili - Bouger Le Monde (Crammed Discs)
  9. The Funkees - Dancing Time (Soundway)
  10. KonKoma - Konkoma (Soundway)
  11. Antibalas - Antibalas (Daptone)
  12. The So
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Music
2:19 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Best Music of 2012

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin and Chris Heim run down the best in music for 2012 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, blues and books about music.

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Blues
2:07 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Crossroads Best of 2012

  1. Heritage Blues Orchestra - And Still I Rise (Raisin' Music)
  2. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
  3. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
  4. Eddie C.
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