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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July 10/12

This week at the Crossroads - more music for the July feature from Willie Dixon (with Muddy Waters), James Cotton (from the album that featured his first recordings – Chicago/The Blues/Today), Living Blues and Blues Blast Award nominees, and the Holmes Brothers (in tribute to Wendell Holmes who passed away in June).

Monday 7.6.15

Night Train highlights some ‘hits’ tonight – bonafide jazz hits, jazz covers of pop hits, and some rare instances of jazz compositions that were turned into pop hits. Among the highlights, an early drummer-less version of “Poinciana” from July featured artist Ahmad Jamal, the song that revived Nina Simone’s career some 30 years after it was first recorded, and a new version of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” from bassist Ben Williams.

Tuesday 7.7.15

Monday, July 6

Global Village heads to the Caribbean for music from Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Martinique, and more from Kali, the Solo Harmonites, Kermit Ruffins, Buena Vista Social Club, Ray Obiedo, and Playing for Change 3. Plus music from July featured group Kila’s breakthrough album, Tog E Go Bog E, and some Caribbean inspired music from the late, great Ornette Coleman.

Tuesday, July 7

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  1.    Dave Stryker - Messin' with Mr. T (Strike Zone)

2.    Cyrus Chestnut - A Million Colors in Your Mind (High Note)

3.    Paquito D'Rivera & Quinteto Cimarron - Aires Tropicales (Sunnyside)

4.    Federico Britos - Hot Club of the Americas (3 Knocks Entertainment)

5.    Wes Montgomery - In the Beginning (Resonance)

6.    Harold Mabern - Afro Blue (Smoke Sessions)

7.    Russell Malone - Love Looks Good On You (High Note)

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  1.     Chuck Berry - The Complete Chess Singles As & Bs 1955-1961 (Acrobat)

2.     Kentucky Headhunters/Johnnie Johnson - Meet Me In Bluesland (Alligator)

3.     The Texas Horns - Blues Gotta Holda Me (Vizztone)

4.     Jewel Brown - Roller Coaster Boogie (Dynaflow)

5.     Billy Price & Otis Clay - This Time for Real (Bonedog/Vizztone)

6.     Cash Box Kings - Holding Court (Blind Pig)

7.     Slam Allen - Feel These Blues (American Showplace Music)

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1.       Tipsy Oxcart - Upside Down (Tipsy Oxcart)

2.       Various - Don't Think I've Forgotten Soundtrack (Dust to Digital)

3.       Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Ba Power (Glitterbeat)

4.       Paquito D'Rivera & Quinteto Cimarron - In Aires Tropicales (Sunnyside)

5.       Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa (World Circuit)

6.       Songhoy Blues - Music in Exile (Atlantic)

7.       Gao Hong - Pipa Potluck (Innova)

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July 3/5

It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to highlight the best in new blues releases.

Featured this time at the Crossroads are the latest from:

The Henry Gray/Bob Corritore Sessions with an all-star guest lineup

A new compilation featuring singer and pianist Cecil Gant

A live and acoustic Back Porch Party with veteran blues band, the Nighthawks

Monday 6.29.15

Night Train marks birthdays of composers Frank Loesser and Erik Satie; kicks off a week highlighting newly announced winners of the DownBeat Critics’ Poll; and for the Guitar Month feature, new albums from guitarists – including Jack Allen, Wes Montgomery (a set of rare and previously unreleased recordings), Bob Shimizu, and Jacques Lesure.

Tuesday 6.30.15

Monday, June 29

Global Village highlights some rockin’ accordion – including music from Brave Combo, Tom Waits, and conjunto legend Flaco Jimenez with both the Texas Tornados and Ry Cooder. Plus contemporary classical ensemble Kronos Quartet, roots reggae favorites Third World, Germany’s Bahama Soul Club, and Nigeria’s Beautiful Nubia & the Roots Renaissance Band.

  Tuesday, June 30

  June 26/28

This week at the Crossroads, we wrap up the June feature celebrating the electric Chicago blues and the 65th anniversary of Chess Records with Joe Bonamassa’s new album in tribute to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, Mike Henderson’s version of an early Muddy Waters classic on Chess, and a special exploring the legendary Bo Diddley beat. Plus a tribute to blues and soul singer Mighty Sam McClain who passed away last week, remembering Big Bill Broonzy on his birthday, and music from artists with concerts in the coming week.