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
4:18 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Top 40 Albums February 2013

  1. Red Baraat - Shruggy Ji (Sinj)
  2. Various - The Cosimo Matassa Story (Proper)
  3. Various - Pop Yeh Yeh (Sublime Frequencies)
  4. Rabih Abou-Khalil - Hungry People (World Village)
  5. World Kora Trio - Korazon (Cristal)
  6. Richard Thompson - Electric (New West)
  7. Monoswezi - The Village (Riverboat)
  8. Ballake Sissoko - At Peace (Six Degrees)
  9. Fanga/Maalem Abdallah Guinea - Fangnawa Experience (Strut)
  10. Lemon Bucket Orkestra - Lume Lume (Fedora Upside Down)
  11. Various - Diablos del Ritmo (Analog Africa)
  12. Various - Cum
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Jazz
12:41 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

March Feature: Dave Brubeck

Throughout March, Night Train highlights music from throughout Brubeck's career - from the early octet to his final recordings. We'll also feature music from other musicians who worked with him over the years, including Paul Desmond, Joe Morello, Cal Tjader, the Brubeck brothers, Bobby Militello, and Michael Moore.

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World Music
12:22 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

March Feature: The Sound of the Kora

Throughout March, Global Village highlights one of Africa's most distinctive and enchanting instruments - the kora. We feature a wide range of recordings from legendary performers to emerging artists, traditional pieces to adventurous contemporary fusions that feature the kora.

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Blues
12:03 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

March Feature: Johnny and Shemekia Copeland

Throughout March, Crossroads highlights music from both Johnny and Shemekia Copeland, along with our regular mix of classic recordings, new releases, birthday salutes and other blues and R&B favorites.

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Jazz
12:21 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Top 40 Albums January 2013

  1. Clayton Brothers - The Gathering (Artist Share)
  2. Houston Person - Naturally (High Note)
  3. Luciana Souza - The Book of Chet (Sunnyside)
  4. Graham Dechter - Takin' It There (Capri)
  5. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias - Swept Away (ECM)
  6. Pancho Molina/Elias Meister - Open for Business (EMPM)
  7. Denise Donatelli - Soul Shadows (Savant)
  8. George Cables - My Muse (High Note)
  9. Steve Davis - Gettin' It Done (Posi-Tone)
  10. Anat Cohen - Claroscuro (Anzic)
  11. Cheryl Bentyne - Let's Misbehave (Summit)
  12. LaVerne Butler - Love Lost
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World Music
7:28 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Top 40 Albums January 2013

  1. Rabih Abou-Khalil - Hungry People (World Village)
  2. Terakaft - Kel Tamasheq (World Village)
  3. Various - Cumbia Beat Vol.
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Blues
7:22 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Top 40 Albums January 2013

  1. Milton Hopkins/Jewel Brown - Milton Hopkins and Jewel Brown (Dialtone)
  2. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)
  3. Mississippi Heat - Delta Bound (Delmark)
  4. Mitch Woods - Blues Beyond Borders (Club 88/Vizztone)
  5. Sunny Crownover - Right Here Right Now (Blue Duchess)

  6. Lindsey Alexander - Been There Done That (Delmark)

  7. Quintus McCormick - Still Called The Blues (Delmark)
  8. Joanne Shaw Taylor - Almost Always Never (Ruf)
  9. Lee Boys - Testify (Evil Teen)
  10. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
  11. Julian Fauth -
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Music
1:50 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz In Revolutionary Times

This Wednesday evening, Chris Heim features one of the artists profiled in Robin D.G. Kelley's book Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz In Revolutionary Times.

Heim's review of the book:

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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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