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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NEW RELEASES FEATURED THIS WEEK: Adventurous Russian band ErsatzMusika, Mediterranean excursions with French artist Titi Robin, new tango master Pablo Ziegler, the Rough Guide to Psychedelic Samba, the Western Standard Time Ska Orchestra, and a best-of set from Van Morrison

Monday, October 19

October 16/18

Crossroads marks the birthday of Chuck Berry with some of his classic tracks and a special in hour two of the show with music from a 60th birthday performance with special guests Eric Clapton, Linda Rondstadt, Etta James and Julian Lennon – and interviews with John Lennon, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry, himself.

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NEW RELEASES FEATURED THIS WEEK:  Ron Carter with the WDR Big Band, jazz uke player Paul Hemmings, Tony Bennett with Bill Charlap, and a bevy of new B3 releases – including Mike LeDonne , Pat Bianchi, Ben Paterson, Kansas City’s OJT and more.

Monday 10.12.15

NEW RELEASES FEATURED THIS WEEK:  Desert rock band Terakaft, world instrumental ensemble Bolo, AfriScandinavian group Monoswezi, and Finnish folk jazz from the Juli Wood Quartet.

Monday, October 12

October 9/11

Crossroads kicks off the October feature of music from acclaimed blues and roots singer Maria Muldaur. Plus music from the newly announced winners of the Blues Blast Music Awards.

Lots of blues concerts in store and we’ll highlight music from the artists performing around the region in the coming week.

And new music from Savoy Brown, John Primer, Gregg Allman, Shawn Amos, Royal Southern Brotherhood , John Mayall and more.

Monday 10.5.15

Night Train pays tribute to Phil Woods, one of the great alto saxophonists in jazz, who passed away on September 29. This special edition of the show features music he did with Quincy Jones, Clark Terry, Thelonious Monk, and Oscar Peterson, as well as with his long-standing Quintet. Then in hour two of the show, it’s a special performance from the Newport Jazz Festival when Woods was a special guest with a young saxophonist he mentored, Grace Kelly.

Tuesday 10.6.15

Monday, October 5

Some fathers and sons (and a few other relations) featured in this visit to the Global Village – including critically acclaimed kora player Toumani Diabate, with cousins Mamadou Diabate and Ballake Sissoko, and with his father and son, both named Sidiki. Plus Ziggy Marley with sister Cedella, Fela’s son Seun Kuti heading up his father’s Egypt 80 band, and Cuban piano greats father Bebo and son Chucho Valdes.

Tuesday, October 6

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1.       Third World - Third World (Caroline)

2.       Terakaft - Alone (Out Here)

3.       Van Morrison - The Essential Van Morrison (Exile/Legacy)

4.       Tom Teasley - Dreams of India (T&T)

5.       Forro in the Dark - Forro Zinho (Tzadik)

6.       Amadou Balake - In Conclusion (Stern's Music)

7.       Tipsy Oxcart - Upside Down (Tipsy Oxcart)

8.       Qwanqua - Volume Two (FPE)

9.       Various - Amplificador (Far Out)

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1.       Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar (RCA)

2.       Robert Cray Band - 4 Nights of 40 Years Live (Provogue)

3.       Shemekia Copeland - Outskirts of Town (Alligator)

4.       Sonny Landreth - Bound By the Blues (Provogue)

5.       Andy T/Nick Nixon Band - Numbers Man (Blind Pig)

6.       Jimmy Reed - The Complete Singles As and Bs 1953-1961 (Acrobat)

7.       John Primer - Muddy Waters 100 (Raisin' Music)

8.       Gregg Allman - Live: Back to Macon GA (Rounder)

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1.    Erroll Garner - The Complete Concert by the Sea (Columbia/Legacy)

2.    Karrin Allyson - Many a New Day (Motema)

3.    Jeff Benedict Big Big Band - Holmes (Jeff Benedict)

4.    Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio - Live in Studio (Whaling City Sound)

5.    George & Chico Freeman - All in the Family (Southport)

6.    Kenny Werner - The Melody (Pirouet)

7.    Dee Dee Bridgewater - Dee Dee's Feather (OKeh)