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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August 7/9

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.

Featured this time at the Crossroads are:

The third album from rising blues star Samantha Fish

Another ‘Girls with Guitars’ set

A two-disc set of live favorites from Gregg Allman

  A Muddy Waters centennial celebration from John Primer and friends

Albert Cummings’ return to Blind Pig Records

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Monday 8.3.15

It’s vibes and vocalists tonight on the Night Train with vibes players Gary Burton, Bobby Hutcherson, Milt Jackson, and Dave Samuels, and singers Curtis Stigers, Rene Marie and Abbey Lincoln – plus the double-Grammy winning album from Corea, Clarke & White, and sounds of the Crescent City from Ellis Marsalis, Johnny Adams, and Jelly Roll Morton.

  Tuesday 8.4.15

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Monday, August 3

Global Village pays a visit to Cuba in a variety of different ways – with music from pioneering Cuban bassist Cachao and from the groundbreaking Cuban band, Irakere; Bobby Sanabria’s Que Viva Harlem, a tribute to the birthplace of Latin jazz where Afro-Cuban and jazz influences first met; Jaro Milko’s mashup of Cuban and Balkan music; the Creole Choir of Cuba, a Cuban ensemble of Haitian descent;  and Cuban born, Canadian based artists Hilario Duran and Alex Cuba.

  Tuesday, August 4

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1.       Slam Allen - Feel These Blues (American Showplace Music)

2.       Robin Trower - Something's About to Change (V12)

3.       Kentucky Headhunters/Johnnie Johnson - Meet Me In Bluesland (Alligator)

4.       Deb Ryder - Let It Rain (Bejeb Music)

5.       Cash Box Kings - Holding Court (Blind Pig)

6.       The Texas Horns - Blues Gotta Holda Me (Vizztone)

7.       Robin McKelle & the Flytones - Heart of Memphis (Vizztone)

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1.    George & Chico Freeman - All in the Family (Southport)

2.    Ben Williams - Coming of Age (Concord)

3.    Dana Landry Quartet - Standard Elevation (Dana Landry)

4.    Charenee Wade - Offering (Motema)

5.    Pearl Django - Time Flies (Modern Hot)

6.    Gary McFarland Legacy Ensemble - Circulation (Planet Arts)

7.    Cory Weeds - Condition Blue (Cellar Live)

8.    Joshua Breakstone - 2nd Avenue (Capri)

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  1.       Chico Trujillo - Reina de Todas Las Fiestas (Barbes)

2.       Bolo - Bolo (Bolo)

3.       Various - Trojan Records Vinyl reissues: various titles (Sanctuary)

4.       Various - Afro-Caribbean Party (Putumayo)

5.       Flavia Coehlo - Mundo Meu (Mr. Bongo)

6.       Tipsy Oxcart - Upside Down (Tipsy Oxcart)

7.       Buena Vista Social Club - Lost and Found (World Circuit)

8.       Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa (World Circuit)

July 31/August 2

Crossroads wraps up the July features with music from:

  Monday 7.27.15

Night Train marks birthdays of Kansas City singing star Karrin Allyson, Latin jazz pianist Edward Simon, and adventurous guitarist Joel Harrison. Plus more from July featured artists Ahmad Jamal and Nina Simone, and new music from bassists Ben Williams and Lee Smith, the Dana Landry Quartet, Robert Glasper, and Charles McPherson.

  Tuesday 7.28.15

Monday, July 27

It’s a potpourri of sounds from around the globe this time in the Global Village, including music from Paul Simon’s Graceland, exotica from the Arthur Lyman Group, Okinawa’s Shoukichi Kina, Monty Alexander’s Ivory & Steel Caribbean band, German reggae from Jahcoustix, and some Balkan sounds by way of Montreal from Briga.

Tuesday, July 28

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July 24/26

Crossroads continues with more music from July featured artists Willie Dixon (with covers of his songs from Joe Bonamassa, Magnus Berg, Junior Wells, and the Rolling Stones) and James Cotton (including music from the Harp Attack! album, one of his earliest recordings on Sun Records, and new music from his former guitarist Slam Allen).