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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Blues Holiday Specials

Dec 22, 2015

December 25/27

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Monday 12.21.15

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 Zauner's Christmas All Stars, and singers Betty Carter and Mary Stallings.

Tuesday 12.22.15

Monday, December 21

Global Village marks the birthday of legendary flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, who was known both for his technical brilliance and as a pioneer of the ‘new flamenco.’ This special edition of the show highlights music  from throughout his career, including his first big hit in 1973 - “Entre Dos Aguas” - and the  Latin Grammy-winning Cositas Buenas album, as well as collaborations with flamenco singer Camaron de la Isla, the Guitar Trio (with Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin) and Chick Corea.

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December 18/20

Crossroads gets ready for the holidays with a special show featuring new blues holiday music from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Bey-Paule Band, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, and a new Blues Christmas compilation in the first hour of the show.

After some fairly quiet recent years, this year sees a surprising number of new jazz holiday titles. We’ll feature them throughout this week on the Night Train

Monday 12.14.15

Monday, December 14

Global Village heads to the Caribbean for some warmer sounds from countries in or bordering on the Caribbean Sea – including Jamaica (the Paragons with John Holt, Bob Marley & the Wailers), Mexico (Sones de Mexico), the Dominican Republic (Francisco Ulloa), Barbados (Coalishun), Trinidad (the steel drum classic, "Pan Rising", from Ritmos Unidos), and Haiti (Boulpik and Sweet Micky).

Tuesday, December 15

December 11/13

Crossroads celebrates the birthday of R&B pioneer Big Mama Thornton;  highlights music from artists with concerts in the coming week; and features new music from Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, Chris O’Leary, Jimmy Burns, Amanda Fish, Sam Butler, Fiona Boyes, and Volume 4 in the R&B Hipshakers series from the King and Federal vaults.

Monday 12.7.15

Night Train heads to the west coast for some classic and contemporary sounds from that part of the country. Among the artists featured – Charles Brown, Art Pepper, the L.A. Treasures Project, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton and Chet Baker.

Tuesday 12.8.15

Monday, December 7

A mixed bag this time in the Global Village with music from the Bombay Dub Orchestra, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan, Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, Taj Mahal with West Coast Latin rock and roots group Los Cenzontles, and a blast from the past from pioneering ‘70s Latin funk fusion group Caldera.

Tuesday, December 8

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1.       Shemekia Copeland - Outskirts of Town (Alligator)

2.       Tommy Castro & the Painkillers – Method to My Madness (Alligator)

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

4.       The New Mastersounds - Made for Pleasure (Royal Potato Family)

5.       Various - R&B Hipshakers Vol. 4 (VampiSoul)

6.       The Ragpicker String Band – The Ragpicker String Band (Yellow Dog)

7.       Sam Butler – Raise Your Hands (Severn)