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
11:37 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Top 40 Albums November 2012

1. David Maxwell - Blues in Other Colors (Blue Duchess)
2. Hans Theessink/Terry Evans - Delta Time (Blue Groove)
3. Van Morrison - Born to Sing: No Plan B (Exile/Blue Note)
4. Lee Boys - Testify (Evil Teen)
5. Alvin Lee - Still on the Road to Freedom (Rainman)
6. Chris O'Leary Band - Waiting for the Phone to Ring (Vizztone)
7. Various - ...First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain)
8. The Blues Broads - The Blues Broads (Delta Groove)
9. Mississippi Heat - Delta Bound (Delmark)

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Jazz
3:44 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Top 40 Albums November 2012

1. George Cables - My Muse (High Note)
2. Luciana Souza - The Book of Chet (Sunnyside)
3. Brad Mehldau Trio - Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)
4. Brent Jensen/Bill Anschell/Chris Symer - Blueprints (Origin)
5. Anat Cohen - Claroscuro (Anzic)
6. Cheryl Bentyne - Let's Misbehave (Summit)
7. Kurt Elling - 1619 Broadway (Concord)
8. Kevin Coelho - Funkengruven (Chicken Coup)
9. Clayton Brothers - The Gathering (Artist Share)
10. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias - Swept Away ECMO
11. Bruce Barth - Three Things of Beauty (Savant)

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Jazz
8:12 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Top 40 Albums October 2012

1. Brent Jensen/Bill Anschell/Chris Symer - Blueprints (Origin)
2. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias - Swept Away ECMO
3. Bruce Barth - Three Things of Beauty (Savant)
4. Pat Metheny - Unity Band (Nonesuch)
5. Joey DeFrancesco - Wonderful! Wonderful! (High Note)
6. Fred Hersch Trio - Alive at the Vanguard (Palmetto)
7. Graham Dechter - Takin' It There (Capri)
8. Lewis Nash Quintet - The Highest Mountain (Cellar Live)
9. Nobuki Takamen - Three Wishes (Summit)
10. Towner Galaher - Uptown! (Rhythm Royale)

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World Music
7:15 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Top 40 Albums October 2012

1. Various - Cumbia Beat Vol. 2 (Vampi Soul)
2. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
3. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop)
4. Souljazz Orchestra - Solidarity (Strut)
5. Antibalas - Antibalas (Daptone)
6. Quadro Nuevo - Grand Voyage (Justin Time)
7. Various - Songs for Desert Refugees (Glitterhouse)
8. Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane - Thiossane (Sterns Music)
9. Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth (Sunpower)
10. Fatou Diawara - Fatou (Nonesuch)
11. Los Straitjackets - Jet Set (Yep Rock)

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Blues
7:10 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Top 40 Albums October 2012

1. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
2. Hans Thessink/Terry Evans - Delta Time (Blue Groove)
3. Alvin Lee - Still on the Road to Freedom (Rainman)
4. Various - ...First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain)
5. Marion James - Northside Soul (Ellersoul)
6. Maceo Parker - Soul Classics (Razor & Tie)
7. Raphael Wressnig/ALex Schultz - Soul Gift (ZYW)
8. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
9. Rockin' Johnny Band - Grim Reaper (Delmark)
10. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
11. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)

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World Music
9:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

November Feature: Music of Celtic Spain

Throughout November Global Village highlights the music of Celtic Spain. Tucked into the northwest corner of the country, is the Celtic center of Galicia. It is a hilly and lush region of "a thousand rivers" and a beautiful coast with a corridor to the rest of Spain on one side, and Portugal, the Atlantic, and the Bay of Biscay on the other three. This beautiful and distinctive region has been shaped by a unique Celtic heritage, along with ties to the rest of Spain and, through a long history of seafaring and emigration, to many other parts of the world as well.

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Blues
9:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

November Feature: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of the key blues groups of the '60s and important players in the blues revival of the era. Inspired by the classic blues of their home base of Chicago, the band would add rock and other elements to create its own dynamic and influential sound.

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Jazz
9:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

November Feature: The Marsalis Family

Throughout November, Night Train features music from today's first family of American jazz - the Marsalis Family. Though Wynton Marsalis is perhaps the best known member, father Ellis and brothers Branford, Delfeayo and Jason are also accomplished musicians with impressive careers in their own right. They also have the unique distinction of being the only family to have collectively been named NEA Jazz Masters.

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World Music
2:01 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Top 40 Albums September 2012

  1. Fatou Diawara - Fatou (Nonesuch)
  2. Easy Star All-Stars - Thrillah (Easy Star)
  3. Ba Cissoko - Nimissa (Cristal)
  4. Quadro Nuevo - Grand Voyage (Justin Time)
  5. Bester Quartet - Metamorphoses (Tzadik)
  6. Afro Funk - Body Music (Secret Stash)
  7. Lijadu Sisters - Horizon Unlimited (Knitting Factory)
  8. Various - London's Calling (Culture Clash)
  9. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
  10. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop)
  11. Various - Songs for Desert Refugees (Glitterhouse)
  12. Debo Band - De
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Jazz
3:18 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Top 40 Albums September 2012

  1. Chick Corea/Gary Burton - Hot House (Concord)
  2. Roni Ben-Hur/Santi DeBriano - Our Thing (Motema)
  3. Carol Welsman - Journey (Justin Time)
  4. Pete Zimmer - Prime of Life (Tippin')
  5. John Abercrombie Quartet - Within A Song (ECM)
  6. Kevin Mahogany & the Dave Stryker Organ Trio - Next Time You See Me (Mahogany Jazz)
  7. Cheryl Bentyne - Let's Misbehave (Summit)
  8. Claire Martin - Too Much in Love to Care (Linn)
  9. Oregon - Family Tree (Cam Jazz)
  10. Luciana Souza - The Book of Chet (Sunnyside)
  11. Fred Hersch Trio - Alive at
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