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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World Music
5:30 am
Mon July 1, 2013

July Feature: Carlos Santana

Throughout July, Global Village highlights music from Santana.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Carlos Santana turns 66 on July 20 and Global Village marks the occasion by featuring his music throughout the entire month.

The Santana band formed in 1967, emerging from the heady San Francisco scene playing a new, distinctive and energetic blend of Latin rock, unusual for the  time and a harbinger of later 'world music' sounds and experiments.

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Blues
5:25 am
Mon July 1, 2013

July Feature: Pinetop Perkins and Bobby Blue Bland

Pinetop Perkins at the Riverwalk Blues Festival in Fort Lauderdale.
Credit Carl Lender / Wikimedia Commons

Throughout July, Crossroads marks the centennial birthday of influential blues pianist, long time Muddy Waters band member and blues session player Pinetop Perkins. We'll also pay tribute to the great blues singer Bobby Blue Bland, who passed away last month at the age of 83.

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Jazz
10:30 am
Fri May 31, 2013

June Feature: Grant Green

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Not that we really needed an excuse, but with June 6th as his birthday, Night Train and Straight No Chaser will spend the month of June celebrating the music of Grant Green.

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World Music
10:30 am
Fri May 31, 2013

June Feature: Accordion Awareness Month

Throughout the month of June, Global Village scours the planet for remarkable and diverse squeezebox sounds.

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Blues
10:30 am
Fri May 31, 2013

June Feature: Bobby Robinson's Labels

Throughout June, Crossroads will be spinning golden oldies and rarities from Bobby Robinson's classic doo-wop and R&B labels.

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World Music
7:50 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Top 40 Albums May 2013

1. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Jama Ko (Out Here)
2. Lorraine Klaasen - A Tribute to Miriam Makeba (Justin Time)
3. Various - Rough Guide to Latin Psychedelia (World Music Network)

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Jazz
7:47 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Top 40 Albums May 2013

Credit big-o-records.com

1. Organissimo - Dedicated (Big O)
2. Kyle Eastwood - The View from Here (Jazz Village)
3. Ben Sidran - Don't Cry for No Hipster (Unlimited Media)
4. Jacky Terrasson - Gouache (Sunnyside)
5. Eric Alexander - Touching (High Note)

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Blues
3:31 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Top 40 Albums May 2013

Credit Deborah Feingold / rollingstone.com

1. Boz Scaggs - Memphis (429 Records)
2. Tom Jones - Spirit in the Room (Rounder)
3. Robin Trower - Roots and Branches (V12)
4. Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin’ (Blind Pig)
5. Al ‘Carnival Time’ Johnson - Beyond Carnival (Rabadash)

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Jazz
3:24 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

May Feature: The B3 Organ

Jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith - one of the artists for Night Train's May B3 Month feature
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Throughout May, Night Train teams up with Global Village, Strange Currency, Crossroads and Straight No Chaser to celebrate B3 Month on KMUW. On the Night Train, it's music from the giants and rising stars of jazz organ.

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Jazz
10:02 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Top 40 Albums April 2013

Ben Sidran tops the Night Train April top 40 new releases list.
Credit Ben Sidran
  1. Ben Sidran - Don't Cry for No Hipster (Unlimited Media)
  2. Eric Alexander - Touching (High Note)
  3. The Jazz Professors - Do That Again (Flying Horse)
  4. Aaron Diehl - The Bespoke Man’s Narrative (Mack Avenue)
  5. Scott Hamilton - Remembering Billie (Blue Duchess)
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