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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10:50 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Honorees With Bo Diddley

R&B legend Bo Diddley

February 20/22

Throughout February, Crossroads highlights music from the blues and R&B winners of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards –this time including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Etta James and a special salute to Bo Diddley. Listen for some of his classic recordings, a fascinating new Bo Diddley beat inspired song from Malian artist Samba Toure, and a special in hour two exploring how that beat inspired a wide array of songs and artists.

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1:56 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Nat Cole Week, A New Orleans' Jazz Mardi Gras Party & Some “Pres” For Presidents’ Day

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Nat King Cole

Monday, February 16

Night Train kicks off a week of music and features for Nat Cole, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, with music from his brother Freddy Cole. Plus birthday salutes to songwriter Alec Wilder and Sonny Bono (!), some “Pres” (Lester Young) for Presidents’ Day, and new music from organist Brian Charette and trombonist Conrad Herwig.

Tuesday, February 17

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9:58 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year, Reggae And Grammy Lifetime & 2015 Winners

Mardi Gras Indian band the Wild Tchoupitoulas

Monday, February 16

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Latin Jazz pioneer Machito and Portuguese guitar master Carlos Paredes. Plus music from 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient Flaco Jimenez, this year’s Best Latin Jazz Album winner, Arturo O’Farrill, and new electro-tango from Intended Immigration.

Tuesday, February 17

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10:56 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Charles Mingus Week + Saxophonists Steve Wilson & Brent Jensen, And Ethan Iverson Of The Bad Plus

American jazz musician Charles Mingus Jr.

Monday, February 9

Night Train kicks off Mingus Week – a salute to one of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners for the February feature – with some classic music from Mingus and part one of a two-part Jazz Profiles Mingus special. Plus a birthday salute to one of the leading saxophonists on the scene today – Steve Wilson – with music he did along with Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and on the Grammy-nominated 2014 release from the Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio.

Tuesday, February 10

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10:43 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Honorees Including Chuck Berry

Instrumental funk band Booker T. & the M.G.'s

  February 13/15

Throughout February, Crossroads highlights music from the blues and R&B winners of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards - including music in hour one from Muddy Waters, Booker T & the MGs and John Lee Hooker.

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10:24 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Honorees, Latin Soul & An Early Valentine

Pucho Brown of the Latin Soul Brothers performing at The Falcon in Marlboro.

Monday, February 9

Several generations of soukous are featured this time in the Global Village – from the ‘father of Congolese music’ Le Grand Kalle to one of the giants of the music, Tabu Ley Rochereau , to one of the later stars, Sam Mangwana, and a new group reviving the classic sound, Black Bazar. Plus Bill Frisell, Willie Bobo, Steely Dan, and some rockin’ twist music from ‘60s Spain.

Tuesday, February 10

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10:11 am
Tue February 3, 2015

New Month/New Music Time

'Tough Love' from Tinsley Ellis
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February 6/8

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 releases.

Among the new blues titles featured this time at the Crossroads:

Steve Earle’s soon-to-be released blues album, Terraplane

The third album on his own label from Tinsley Ellis

  The return of blues pals Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King

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5:21 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Duke Ellington Week + Stan Getz, Bob Stewart & John Handy Birthdays

Jazz legend Duke Ellington

Monday, February 2

Night Train kicks off a new month’s feature celebrating Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipients and a week-long salute to the first jazz artist so honored – Duke Ellington. Along with music from Duke in hour one of the show, the first of a two part Jazz Profiles special in hour two surveys his music and career. Plus birthdays of tenor saxophonists Stan Getz and Sonny Stitt, and new music from Ahmad Jamal and Louis Hayes with the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band.

Tuesday, February 3

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5:19 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

A New Feature & New Month/New Music Time

Brazilian musician Antônio Carlos Jobim

Monday, February 2

Global Village kicks off a new month’s feature – highlighting music from Grammy Lifetime Achievement honorees – this time including Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Beatles, and Duke Ellington – and offers birthday salutes to saxophonist Stan Getz, Haitian star Nemours Jean Baptiste, singer and songwriter Melody Gardot, Buena Vista member Cachaito, and exotica hitmaker Arthur Lyman.

Tuesday, February 3

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8:58 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Night Train Top 40 Albums For January 2015

Chick Corea Trio, 'Trilogy'
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1.    Chick Corea Trio - Trilogy (Stretch/Concord)

2.    Jamie Dubberly & Orquesta Dharma - La Clave del Gumbo (Jamie Dubberly)

3.    Omer Avital - New Song (Motema)

4.    Houston Person - The Melody Lingers On (High Note)

5.    Conrad Herwig - The Latin Side of Joe Henderson (Half Note)

6.    Kenny Barron/Dave Holland - The Art of Conversation (Impulse)

7.    Gerry Gibbs Thrasher Dream Trio - We're Back (Whaling City Sound)

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