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.


9:12 am
Tue May 27, 2014

New music from Nigeria, Spain and Spanish Harlem + a final fling with accordions!

Kronos Quartet's latest world music project on Global Village
Credit Jay Blakesberg

Monday May 26

Global Village remembers Buena Vista Social Club pianist Ruben Gonzalez and Brazilian accordionist Sivuca for their birthdays. Plus new music from Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express, Bobby Sanabria’s Que Viva Harlem!, and Yaaba Funk.

Tuesday May 27

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8:54 am
Tue May 27, 2014

A last round with the Holmes Brothers, new Kelley Hunt & covers of Elvis Costello

Crossroads features new music from Kelley Hunt
Credit Gary Mackender

May 30/June 1

This week at the Crossroads, a final visit with May featured artists, the Holmes Brothers, including music from their new album, Brotherhood, and also from the Jubilation album, the first release from Peter Gabriel’s RealWorld label to feature an American group.

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4:58 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Sun Ra Centennial Celebration, a birthday salute to Fats Waller, and more from John Scofield

Monday 5.19.14

Night Train kicks off the week with more music from May featured artists John Scofield and Sun Ra, birthday salutes to saxophonist Sonny Fortune and pianist Allen Farnham, and new music from the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, Peter Bernstein and Leslie Pintchik.

Tuesday 5.20.14

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4:53 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

A Sun Ra Centennial Birthday Celebration, a visit to Brazil and many more birthdays

Monday May 19

Tonight in the Global Village, Indian world fusion – from the groundbreaking work of John McLaughlin with Shakti, to Tim Ries Indian/jazz reworking of music from the Rolling Stones, to music from the contemporary group Re-Orient. Plus Joni Mitchell, American Afrobeat group Antibalas, and the offbeat world sounds of the group TriBeCaStan.

Tuesday May 20

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4:19 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

May featured artists, the Holmes Brothers, new music & classics from Muddy and Albert King

The Robert Cray Band, In My Soul, 2014

May 23/25

Crossroads highlights more from May featured artists, the Holmes Brothers; new music from Brent Johnson, Kent Burnside, the Robert Cray Band and Leon Russell; and classics from Albert King and Muddy Waters. Then in hour two of the show, a House of Blues special focusing on the relationship of gospel and the blues, including music from the Holmes Brothers, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and more.

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2:52 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

This week birthday celebrations for Stevie Wonder, Red Garland, & Bill Evans, and a Bad Plus Special

Arranger Gil Evans spotlighted in Jazz Profiles Tuesday.
Credit Michael Ochs Archives

Monday 5.12.14

Night Train marks birthdays of bassist Gary Peacock (with music he did with Bill Evans and as part of the Standards Trio with Keith Jarrett & Jack DeJohnette) and pianist Gerry Wiggins. Plus more music from May featured John Scofield and Sun Ra; also one of the 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award winners – Ben Monder; and new music from Pat Metheny, Bob Dorough, and the Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble.

Tuesday 5.13.14

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World Music
2:44 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

A week-long tribute to Juan Formell, and birthdays of Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder, & David Byrne

All week: a tribute to Cuban bassist, composer, and arranger Juan Formell, who passed away earlier this month.
Credit Roberto Ruiz

Monday May 12

Global Village marks birthdays of Steve Winwood and Brazil’s Bebel Gilberto –  highlights Balkan, British and Brazilian accordions for the May feature – and begins a week- long tribute to Juan Formell, founder of the pioneering Cuban band, Los Van Van.

Tuesday May 13

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2:35 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

A birthday salute to Big Joe Turner, May’s featured Holmes Brothers, and Chautauqua Hill artists

1974: Big Joe Turner (aka The Boss of Blues) in Berlin. Turner and others featured Friday and Sunday.

May 16/18

This time at the Crossroads – a birthday salute to the great Kansas City blues shouter Big Joe Turner, more from May featured artists the Holmes Brothers, artists at this year’s Chautauqua Hills Blues Festival – including a sneak peek at the new album from fest artist Eden Brent, and new music from Lisa Mann, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, and the Memphis-inspired release from Tweed Funk.

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1:25 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Night Train's April Top 40 Recap

Matt Wilson Quartet John Medeski's Gathering Call
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NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 April 2014
1.    Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski - Gathering Call (Palmetto)
2.    Bruce Barth - Daybreak (Savant)
3.    Jacques Schwarz-Bart - Jazz Racine Haiti (Motema)
4.    Mike Longo - Step On It (CAP)
5.    Catherine Russell - Bring It Back (Jazz Village)
6.    Helen Sung - Anthem for a New Day (Concord)
7.    Alfredo Rodriguez - The Invasion Parade (Mack Avenue)
8.    Dave Stryker - Eight Track (Strikezone)
9.    Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith (OKeh)
10.Jane Ira Bloom - Sixteen Sunsets (Outline)

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World Music
9:56 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Global Village April Top 40: "Big Band, Mini Jazz and Twoubadou Sounds" top list

The compilation album Haiti Direct topped the list in the Global Village in April
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Global Village - Top 40 April 2014
1.       Various - Haiti Direct (Strut)
2.       Fanfare Ciocarlia/Adrian Raso - Devil's Tale (Asphalt Tango)
3.       Souljazz Orchestra - Inner Fire (Strut)
4.       Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Libation (Cumbancha)
5.       Yaaba Funk - My Vote Dey Count (Sterns)
6.       Adrian Joubran - Borders Behind (World Village)
7.       Various - Rough Guide to Latin Rare Groove, Vol. 1 (World Music Network)
8.       Da Lata - Fabiola (Agogo)

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