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.


1:31 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

New Month, New Music at the Crossroads this week with May featured artists The Holmes Brothers

Brothers Sherman and Wendell Holmes with Poppy Dixon comprise May's featured group, the blues trio The Holmes Brothers.
Credit Album art from Feed My Soul

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 at the Crossroads are:

The Delta blues inspired new set from Savoy Brown

Soul blues from Dave Keller with the original Hi Rhythm Section

An impressive debut from Brent Johnson

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World Music
9:13 am
Tue April 22, 2014

This week on Global Village: Reissues of rare African recordings, Arbor Day with Orchestra Baobab

Tune in Friday for the Afro-Cuban/Caribbean sounds of the Senegalese group, Orchestra Baobab.

Monday April 21

Global Village travels to Italy for music from Calibro 35, and their blend of funk, jazz and Italian crime drama soundtrack music, and for world-jazz ensemble, Elianto; to Eastern Europe for traditional music from the group Harmonia; and to Africa for Malian guitarist and vocalist Sidi Toure, popular ‘70s Ghanian band Vis-A-Vis, and Benin’s most famous export, Angelique Kidjo.

Tuesday April 22

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8:56 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Crossroads this week: Magic Sam, Jazz guitar great Albert King

Albert King with one of his trademark Flying V guitars.

April 25/27

Crossroads wraps up the April Magic Sam feature with some of the first tracks he recorded for Delmark, a newly released album – Live at the Avant Garde – a track from his days on Chief Records, and another recorded on Cobra Records with his uncle, Shakey Jake Horton.

Also a birthday salute to one of the legends of the blues, Albert King, and new music from John Nemeth with the Bo-Keys, Daunielle, RL Burnside’s grandson Kent Burnside, and Tommy Castro.

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4:07 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

This week on Crossroads: Texas blues, more from Magic Sam

Born in Louisiana on April 18, 1924, the late blues great, Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown.
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April 18/20

Crossroads marks the birthday of Texas bluesman Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, continues with more music from April featured artist Magic Sam, and highlights new music from Robben Ford, Eddie Cotton, Johnny Rawls and Eric Bibb.

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World Music
3:57 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Global Village highlights women of Africa, flautist Herbie Mann, more from our Paco de Lucia feature

Flautist Herbie Mann, featured Wednesday, is known for pioneering the fusion of jazz and world music.
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Monday April 14

Global Village highlights women of Africa, including acclaimed Malian singer Oumou Sangare; Dee Dee Bridgewater from her Malian-inspired Red Earth album; the final album from Cape Verde’s Cesaria Evora; and the Juno Award winning tribute to Miriam Makeba from Lorraine Klaasen. acclaimed Cajun band Beausoleil, Buena Vista Social Club artist Eliades Ochoa, and a Latin soul raritie from Flash & the Dynamics.

Tuesday April 15

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3:14 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Night Train spotlights 'Big Beat' percussionists, vocalist Carmen McRae and new Nightcrawlers

Jazz organ pioneer Reuben Wilson turns 79 Wednesday. He'll be featured alongside some of April's Big Beat artists.
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Monday 4.7.14

Night Train marks birthdays of Latin jazz percussion master Mongo Santamaria, drummer Pete La Roca, trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and legendary singer Billie Holiday, including a Jazz Profiles special about the life and music of Holiday in hour two of the show. Plus new music from Cuban-born pianist and composer Alfredo Rodriguez, and an intriguing blend of jazz and Haitian music from Jacques Schwarz-Bart.

Tuesday 4.8.14

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World Music
2:35 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Afro-Cuban Latin jazz, Spanish composers and 'new-bossa' fusion in the Global Village

Afro-Cuban Latin jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaría among Monday's birthday tributes.
Credit Jack Hooke

Monday April 7

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Latin jazz and soul percussion master Mongo Santamaria, pioneering Nigerian drummer Olatunji, and sitar legend Ravi Shankar. Plus more from April featured artist Paco de Lucia, this time from an album he did featuring music from one of the great 20th century Spanish composers, Manuel de Falla - and de Falla’s Seven Popular Spanish Songs from the new classical-world project from Grammy-winning classical mandolinist Avi Avital.

Tuesday April 8

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2:21 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Blues legend Magic Sam kicks off month-long feature Friday on Crossroads

Blues Foundation Hall of Famer, Chicago blues great Magic Sam
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April 11/13 2014

This week at the Crossroads, we kick off our April feature of music from guitarist, singer, songwriter, and one of the pioneers of the West Side blues sound, Magic Sam.

We’ll also mark the birthday of Lowell George of Little Feat (the band is also featured on Strange Currency this entire month –we’ll highlight selections from the new 13-CD boxed set of the band’s complete Warner Bros. recordings) and of Cosimo Matassa, whose studio was birthplace to many of the hits that came from the Crescent City’s Golden Age of R&B.

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1:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

No. 1 on Night Train last month: Featured artist Pat Metheny

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NIGHT TRAIN - TOP 40 March 2014

1.    Pat Metheny Unity Group - Kin (Nonesuch). Night Train featured Metheny last month - read more about the artist, listen and watch a couple live performances here.

2.    Sheryl Bailey - A Meeting of Minds (Cellar Live)

3.    Stacey Kent - The Changing Lights (Warner Bros.)

4.    Harold Mabern - Right on Time (Smoke Sessions)

5.    Dave Stryker - Eight Track (Strikezone)

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World Music
1:43 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

In the Global Village, Soweto Gospel Choir topped March list

No. 1 last month: Soweto Gospel Choir. The group is currently touring North America.
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Global Village - Top 40 March 2014

1.       Soweto Gospel Choir - Divine Decade (Decca). You can listen to the KMUW special that ran last month, as well as the rest of Chris Heim's conversation with the group, here.

2.       Jerez Texas - Viento y Marea (Jerez Texas)

3.       Kevin Seddiki/Bijan Chemirani - Imaginarium (World Village)

4.       Kepa Junkera - Galiza (Fol Musica)

5.       Various - Haiti Direct (Strut)

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