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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Monday 3.21.16

Night Train starts the week with more music from March featured artist -- the critically acclaimed tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano -- showcasing his versatility with music from him both as a leader and guesting with vocalist and songwriter Bob Dorough, on a symphonic project from guitarist Jim Hall, and in Conrad Herwig’s The Latin Side of Joe Henderson.

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Monday, March 21

Global Village pays a visit to Colombia for a wide array of styles and artists – including the popular contemporary rock group Aterciopelados, Carlos Vives (from his 2014 album that took home two Latin Grammys), the Afrosound of Colombia Vol. 2 and Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes compilations, and a contemporary classical album featuring guitar music of Colombia.

Tuesday, March 22

March 18/20

Crossroads continues with more music from March featured artists Jimmie Vaughan and this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees - John Mayall, the Memphis Jug Band, Jimmy Johnson, Eddy Clearwater, and Elvin Bishop – plus a House of Blues special featuring Elvin Bishop in hour two of the show. Plus a birthday salute to legendary soulman Wilson Pickett, music from artists with concerts in the coming week, and the latest and best in new blues releases.

Monday 3.14.16

Night Train has an extensive list of birthday salutes tonight – including singers Mark Murphy and Vanessa Rubin, band leader, producer and arranger Quincy Jones, drummer Akira Tana, and soul jazz organist Shirley Scott. Plus a Shirley Scott special in hour two of the show, and more music from March featured artist Joe Lovano. Plus new music from pianists Kenny Barron and Alfredo Rodriguez.

Tuesday 3.15.16

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Monday, March 14

Global Village celebrates the birthday of arranger and exotica pioneer Les Baxter; more from March featured artists 17 Hippies (from the Phantom Songs album) and Solas (this time with former band member Karan Casey); and features new music from Snarky Puppy, and Michael Spiro & Wayne Wallace with La Orquesta Sinfonietta.

Tuesday, March 15

March 11/13

Crossroads features music from March featured artists Jimmie Vaughan (as a leader and with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and, in hour two, a House of Blues special with Vaughan as a special guest) and this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees – this time including Jimmy Johnson, Elvin Bishop, and Eddy Clearwater. Plus new music from the Knickerbocker All Stars, Andy Santana, and Toni Lynn Washington, and artists with concerts in the coming week.

Monday 3.7.16

More from March featured artist Joe Lovano; music from WSU alum and jazz educator Andrew Bishop who is in town tomorrow night for a show; and new releases from bassist Avery Sharpe (a tribute to gospel great Sister Rosetta Tharpe), Charles Lloyd with the Marvels, trumpeter Avishai Cohen, guitarist Bill Frisell, and Willie Nelson with a new set of songs from Gershwin - tonight on the Night Train.

Tuesday 3.8.16

Monday, March 7

Some global fiddles this time in the Global Village, with music from All-Ireland Fiddle champion Liz Carroll, Quartet San Francisco, Kronos Quartet with Vietnamese composer and performer Van-Ahn Vanessa Vo, and Celtic viol from early music master Jordi Savall.

Tuesday, March 8

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March 4/6

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. Among the highlights this time:

A new album of contemporary songs from Grammy-winner Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers

Another new set from contemporary Chicago bluesman Toronzo Cannon

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1.                Benny Turner - When She's Gone (Nola Blue)

2.                Eddie Cotton – One At A Time (DeChamp)

3.                Magic Sam - Black Magic (Delmark)

4.                Andy Santana & the West Coast Playboys - Watch Your Step! (Delta Groove)

5.                Ebony Jo-Ann - Please Save Your Love For Me (Ebony Jo-Ann)

6.                Al Basile - B's Expression (Al Basile)

7.                Trudy Lynn - Everything Comes With A Price (Connor Ray Music)