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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June 5/7

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 new albums from:

Blues harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite

The Kentucky Headhunters with Chuck Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson

Soul blues star Otis Clay with Billy Price

The 2014 International Blues Challenge winner, Mr. Sipp

Monday 6.1.15

Night Train kicks off the June Electric Jazz Guitar feature (celebrating the 100th birthday of solid body electric pioneer Les Paul) with music from Les Paul, jazz guitar ‘power trio’ pioneer Kenny Burrell, and two exciting contemporary jazz guitarists – Nels Cline and Julian Lage.

Monday, June 1

Global Village kicks off the June Guitar feature with a program featuring a variety of global guitarists – including Santana, English folk great John Renbourn, African-fusion player Leni Stern, and some Latin Grammy-winning music from flamenco guitarist Tomatito with the legendary Paco de Lucia.

Tuesday, June 2

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1.   Dave Stryker - Messin' with Mr. T (Strike Zone)

2.   Mary Stallings - Feelin' Good (High Note)

3.   Joe Alterman - Georgia Sunset (Joe Alterman)

4.   Sarah Partridge - I Never Thought I'd Be Here (Origin)

5.   Jacky Terrasson - Take This (Impulse)

6.   Jose James - Yesterday I Had the Blues (Blue Note)

7.   Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet - Intents and Purposes (Enja)

8.   Albert 'Tootie' Heath - Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside)

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1.  Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca - At Home (Jazz Village)

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

3.  Ophelie Gaillard - Alvorada (Aparte)

4.  Taraf de Haidouks - Of Lovers, Gamblers & Parachute Skirts (Crammed Discs)

5.  Samba Toure - Gandadiko (Glitterbeat)

6.  Ludovico Einaudi - Taranta Project (Ponderosa)

7.  Anouar Brahem - Souvenance (ECM)

8.  Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba - Ba Power (Glitterbeat)

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

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

3.     Jewel Brown - Roller Coaster Boogie (Dynaflow)

4.     Igor Prado Band - Way Down South (Delta Groove)

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

6.     Martin Lang - Chicago Harp Blues Sessions (Random Chance)

7.     The Blues Disciples - Big Beat (Land O Blues)

8.     Doug MacLeod - Exactly Like This (Reference)

May 29/31

This week at the Crossroads:

A wrap up of the month-long celebration of Stevie Wonder’s 65th birthday

More music from B.B King and the recently announced Blues Music Awards winners (including Keb’ Mo’, Deanna Bogart, Lurrie Bell and Elvin Bishop) 

Music from artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week – including Charles Bradley, Monophonics, Robin Trower and Moreland & Arbuckle

A farewell to Leon Redbone who just announced his retirement

Monday 5.25.15

Night Train steps aside for a Memorial Day special with the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Hour one of the show features the Airmen in a tribute to some of the most influential small groups in jazz, ensembles led by such legendary names as Charlie Parker, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and more. Then in the second hour, it’s special best-of program with highlights of the Airmen performing with such jazz talents as Al Jarreau, Kurt Elling, Joe Locke, the New York Voices and Phil Woods.

May 22/24