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, 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)

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1.          Herlin Riley - New Direction (Mack Avenue)

2.          John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

3.          Jeff Coffin & Caleb Chapman's Crescent Superband - The Inside of the Outside (Ear Up)

4.          June Bisantz - It's Always You (June Bisantz)

5.          Charles Lloyd & the Marvels - I Long to See You (Blue Note)

6.          OJT – New Standards for the Green Lady (Jazz Daddy)

7.          Dr. Lonnie Smith - Evolution (Blue Note)

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1.       Tiken Jah Fakoly - Racines (Barclay)

2.       Vesevo - Vesevo (Vesevo)

3.       Sweet Honey in the Rock - #LoveInEvolution (Appleseed)

4.       Bareto - Impredecible (World Village)

5.       TriBeCaStan - Goddess Polka Dottess (Evergreene Music)

6.       Black Masala - I Love You Madly (Black Masala Music)

7.       Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet - Eight Winds (ECM)

8.       Inti-Illimani - Teoría de Cuerdas (Inti-Illimani)

Monday 2.29.16

Night Train wraps up the February feature with a few more great jazz singers and the final program in the Jazz Profiles Jazz in Song series, this one focused on The Jazz Standard. We'll feature a birthday celebration for Leap Day saxophonist Richie Cole and new music from the Phil Woods Quintet, Bill O’Connell & the Latin Jazz All Stars, and the John Fedchock New York Big Band.

Tuesday 3.1.16

Monday, February 29

Leap Day means one extra day for the February feature and Global Village celebrates with an entire show dedicated to music from Bob Marley (from early ska days with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh to the 2015 release of a classic show from his 1978 tour) and to some of the rising stars of the new reggae revival – including Etana, Jah 9, and Morgan Heritage with special guest Chronixx from the album that just took home the Grammy for Best Reggae Album.