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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9:32 am
Mon December 22, 2014

New Year’s Eve Concert Previews & Johnny Otis Birthday Bash

Happy birthday to R&B impresario Johnny Otis

December 26/28

This week’s Crossroads highlights music from artists with regional New Year’s Eve concerts, and celebrates birthdays of Ziggy Modeliste of the Meters, Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers, and R&B impresario Johnny Otis.

Plus Ed Palermo’s tribute to the Paul Butterfield Blues Band - newly named inductees into the Rock Hall of Fame, a tribute to Stax singer Wendy Rene, and new music from Bill Frisell and Maple Blues Awards nominee Harpdog Brown.

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9:23 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Decking The Halls With Holiday Jazz

'Christmas with Travelin' Light' from the tuba duo Travelin' Light
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Monday 12.22.14

Lots of seasonal favorites on tap tonight on the Night Train, including some Chipmunk and Charlie Brown Christmas songs, along with holiday music from jazz legend Dave Brubeck, pianist Duke Pearson, Paul Zauners Christmas All Stars, and singers Betty Carter and Mary Stallings.

Tuesday 12.23.14

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8:44 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Birthdays of Guitarists Adrian Belew & John Scofield + Holiday Specials

'Coal, Again!' from TriBeCaStan
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Monday December 22

Global Village highlights some global guitars this time - including the flamenco inspired music of the duo of Strunz & Farah and of Spain's Niño Josele, and African guitarists Vieux Farka Toure - the son of Ali Farka Toure, S.E. Rogie - the King of Palm Wine Guitar, and the brilliant new River Strings album from Djessou Mory Kante.

Tuesday December 23

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11:51 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Annual Holiday Show at the Crossroads

'A Christmas Celebration of Hope' from B.B. King
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December 19/21

It’s holiday time at the Crossroads. The annual show features the best of blues, R&B and gospel seasonal favorites – including music from B.B. King, Charles Brown, Koko Taylor, Ray Charles, Etta James, the Campbell Brothers and more. 

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11:44 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Holiday Jazz, Beethoven Jazz & A Bunch 0’ Jazz Birthdays

'MaxJazz Holiday,' the holiday compilation from record label MaxJazz
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Monday 12.15.14

Night Train marks birthdays of pianists Barry Harris and Eddie Palmieri, trombonist and Jazz Messenger Curtis Fuller, and Mingus drummer Dannie Richmond. Plus holiday sounds from drummer and WSU alum Matt Wilson, and new music from Latin percussion master Candido and guitarist Bobby Broom.

Tuesday 12.16.14

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11:00 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Christmas, The Crescent City, The Caribbean, And The Clash

Paul Simonon, bassist with the Clash

Monday, December 15

Global Village kicks off the week with some holiday sounds from Cuba L.A and reggae’s Silvertones; new music from Medeski Scofield Martin Wood, and from Spain’s Alma Afrobeat Ensemble;  birthday salutes to Latin piano great Eddie Palmieri and Paul Simonon - bassist with the Clash; and one of the coolest versions of a BeeGees song you will ever hear (we promise).

Tuesday, December 16

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10:38 am
Mon December 8, 2014

New Jazz Holiday Releases + Birthdays Of Jimmy Smith, Donald Byrd & McCoy Tyner

Jazz organist Jimmy Smith

Monday 12.8.14

Night Train kicks off a week-long feature highlighting this year’s new jazz holiday releases with music from organists Radam Schwartz and Joey DeFrancesco. It’s also the birthday of legendary jazz organist Jimmy Smith - hour one features music he did as a leader and with jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery – then in hour two, it’s a Jazz Profiles special about the life and music of Jimmy Smith.

Tuesday 12.9.14

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10:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Human Rights Day, Exotica And Birthdays Of Joan Armatrading, Dan Hicks, Toots Hibbert & More

British singer/songwriter and guitarist Joan Armatrading

Monday, December 8

This time in the Global Village – some coastal sounds with music from Canadian group, Pacifika; from the Pacific Premiers album from Quartet San Francisco; the Garifuna Collective from the Caribbean coast of Central America; and from one of the pioneers of champeta music from the Caribbean coast of Columbia.

Tuesday, December 9

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9:45 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Remembering Bobby Keys & Ian McLagan, Plus Holiday And New Blues

Legendary saxophonist Bobby Keys

December 12/14

Crossroads remembers saxophonist Bobby Keys and keyboardist Ian McLagan, two prolific and blues-drenched players who worked with a who’s who of classic rock greats. Highlights include music they did with the Small Faces, Ron Wood, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Chuck Berry and more.

Plus some holiday blues sounds and new music from Johnny Winter, the Ultimate New Orleans Brass compilation, Otis Clay with Johnny Rawls, and the Andy T-Nick Nixon Band.

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9:14 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Night Train Top 40 Albums For November 2014

Medeski Scofield Martin Wood's top album for 2014, 'Juice'
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1.    Medeski Scofield Martin Wood - Juice (Indirecto)

2.    Kenny Barron/Dave Holland - The Art of Conversation (Impulse)

3.    Charlie Haden/Jim Hall - Charlie Haden/Jim Hall (Impulse)

4.    Richard Galliano - Sentimentale (Resonance)

5.    Freddy Cole - Singing the Blues (High Note)

6.    Conrad Herwig - The Latin Side of Joe Henderson (Half Note)

7.    Ali Jackson - Amalgamations (Sunnyside)

8.    Mike Longo Trio - Celebrates Oscar Peterson Live (CAP)

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