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
2:50 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

17 Hippies Play Guitar and George Harrison's Birthday

Thursday: 17 Hippies Play Guitar, the 2006 Hipster Records release from the Berlin-based acoustic group.

Monday, Feb. 24 2014

Global Village highlights a live set from flamenco guitar great Paco de Lucia, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s 35th anniversary release, acclaimed Balkan brass band group - the Boban and Marko Markovic Orkestar, and the great Jamaican guitarist and ska pioneer Ernest Ranglin.

Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014

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blues
2:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Mavis Staples Spotlight Rounds Out February Feature

Crossroads' Staple Singers tribute continues with releases from Mavis Staples
Credit Chris Strong/Courtesy of the artist for npr.org

Friday, Feb.  28/Sunday, Mar. 2 2014

Crossroads wraps up its month-long salute to The Staple Singers with music from Mavis Staples – including selections from her first solo album recorded while the Staples were on Stax, one of two albums she did with Prince, guest appearances with Maria Muldaur and Robben Ford, and in hour two, a special featuring Mavis Staples at the Newport Folk Festival. Plus new music from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Joe Louis Walker, Root Doctor and more.

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Blues
10:59 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Book Review: 'I'll Take You There' By Greg Kot

It is telling that album that finally did launch Mavis Staples' solo career was called Have A Little Faith.

Though most certainly it was a reference to her long career and deep roots in gospel, it was also about Mavis finally having a little faith in herself - belief enough to more comfortably step outside the warm embrace of the family she had performed with since she was a child, and assert her own presence and talent.

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blues, soul
5:28 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Blues Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees; More From Featured Artists, The Staple Singers

Credit www.prx.org

February  21/23

Crossroads highlights more from February's featured artists, The Staple Singers; the newly announced 2014 inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame (including both artists and recordings); music from artists with upcoming local concerts; and a new four-disc compilation from The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Plus, the latest from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, David Bromberg, Valerie June and Hugh Laurie.

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world music
5:15 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

A Haitian Tribute to Nelson Mandela, Africa's First Rock Band, and 'Classic Meets Cuban'

Michel Martelly - 'Sweet Mickey' Was Elected Haiti's President in 2011
Credit http://www.billboard.com

Monday  February 17

SPECIAL: Global Village celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from artists who ran for or won the position of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and the current president of Haiti – Michel Martelly – plus some ambassadors from Haiti and Brenda Fassie’s musical tribute to South African president, Nelson Mandela.

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jazz
4:56 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Lester "Prez" Young, and Bossa Nova - The Brazilian Style

Lester "Prez" Young
Credit www.britannica.com

Monday 2.17.14

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world music
2:46 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Musical Hearts And Flowers In The Global Village

Michael Doucet adds a Cajun twist to Global Village's Valentine's Day feature
Credit www.davisenterprise.com

Monday, February 10

Global Village highlights world music covers of songs from Dylan, the Beatles and The Staple Singers; February featured artist Angelique Kidjo; the Easy Star All Stars; From Another World, a new world music tribute to Dylan and more.

Tuesday, February 11

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Blues
2:25 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

February's Feature, The Staple Singers, Plus Magic Sam's Birthday

The Staples Singers
Credit http://www.last.fm

February  14/16

Crossroads kicks off its February feature with the music of The Staple Singers, including songs from the group, from the solo projects of Pops and Mavis Staples and a cover of one of Pops’ classic tunes with The Sojourners (whose album topped the Crossroads Best of 2013 list). Plus, a birthday salute to West Side blues legend, Magic Sam; music from artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week; and the latest from Cyril Neville, Eric Bibb, Harmonic Shah, Toronzo Cannon, Eddie Cotton and Guy Davis.

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jazz
12:45 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Big Band Throwback Sounds Of The Fat Babies, More 'Beatlejazz'

The Fat Babies featured Wednesday, Feb. 12
Credit www.thefatbabies.com

Monday 2.10.14

Night Train celebrates birthdays of Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, Brazilian composer and pianist Antonio Adolfo, drummer and band leader Chick Webb, bassist Rufus Reid and pianist Sir Roland Hanna. Plus more for the February ‘Beatle Jazz’ feature with jazz covers of Beatles tunes this time from Anthony Wilson, Lynne Arriale, John Scofield and Herbie Hancock – and also new music from Edward Simon, George Cables, Rene Marie, and the Pat Metheny Unity Group.

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Jazz
1:33 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Night Trains New Month Feature Marks The 50th Anniversary Of The Arrival Of The Beatles In America

February Feature: Beatlejazz - Jazz Covers of Beatle Songs

Monday 2.3.14

Night Train kicks off a new month’s feature marking the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Beatles in America with great jazz covers of Beatles’ songs. Plus birthday celebrations tonight for saxophonist John Handy, tuba master Bob Stewart, and pianist, composer and Hot Five member Lil Harden Armstrong – and music from Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace, and Jazz Vocal Album Grammy winner, Gregory Porter.

Tuesday 2.4.14

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