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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Monday, October 3

Global Village marks the birthday of Sting with music he did with the Police, as a solo artist, and with the Corsican band I Muvrini – along with covers of his songs from the String Cheese Incident, the Tierney Sutton Band, and Grazyna Auguscik with Paulinho Garcia. Global Village also kicks off the October Steel Guitars Around the World feature with Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya.

Tuesday, October 3

Though we are primarily featuring steel guitar this month, Global Village this time explores some other global guitars - including English folk great John Renbourn, Indian electric guitarist Prasanna, Mali’s Boubacar Traore, flamenco guitarist Raul Rodriguez, and the meeting of flamenco and classical guitar from Pedro Soler & Philippe Mouratoglou.

Wednesday, October 4

Global Village marks World Animal Day, an event that traces its roots back to 1920s Berlin and is dedicated to bringing attention to issues of animal welfare and protection. Global Village marks the occasion with a wide array of animal songs from Adrian Belew, 9Bach, Roaring Lion, Pink Martini, Manu Dibango, Buena Vista Social Club and more.

Thursday, October 5

Global Village highlights some global drums this time – including pioneering Nigerian drummer Olatunji with special guest Carlos Santana; legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen with the Afro-Haitian Experimental Orchestra; drummer Henry Cole with the Afrobeat Collective, and Taiko drums join Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. Plus music from Haiti’s Lakou Mizik, Scotland’s Breabach, and Snarky Puppy’s Bill Laurance.

Friday, October 6

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of new world music releases, and among the highlights this time:

Afrobeat legend Tony Allen’s new Blue Note album

New afrobeat from Brooklyn’s Antibalas

Acclaimed contemporary classical group Kronos Quartet teamed up with Malian masters Trio da Kali

Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem with jazz legends Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette

A new Rough Guide compilation of music from West Africa

And neo-folk from Italian neo-pizzica group Officina Zoe and Spanish acoustic guitarist Pipo Romero.

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October 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 feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

Wee Willie Walker continues his comeback with a new album with the Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra

Trumpeter, poet & former Roomful of Blues member Al Basile’s new album, Quiet Money

Corey Dennison, rising star on the Chicago blues scene, is back with his sophomore release

Several new gospel related releases, including new music from the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama, a new Rough Guide compilation of gospel blues, and a small group gospel compilation called Jesus Rocked the Juke Box.

Plus more from recent releases from Gregg Allman, Sherman Holmes, Savoy Brown and more.

  1.  Cecile McLorin Salvant – Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue)

 

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  1. Ramon Goose – Long Road to Tiznit (Riverboat)
  1. Bokante – Strange Circles (Ground Up)
  1. Ladama – Ladama (Six Degrees)
  1. New Kingston – A Kingston Story: Come From Far (Easy Star)
  1. Avi Avital & Omer Avital – Avital Meets Avital (Deutsche Grammophon)
  1. Alash – Achai (Smithsonian Folkways)
  1. Various – Sweet as Broken Dates (Ostinato)
  1. Christo

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  1. Williams, Wayne & Isaak – Big City, Back Country Blues (Brandon Isaak)
  1. Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (Rounder)
  1. Johnny Rawls – Waiting for the Train (Cat Food)
  1. Sherman Holmes Project – The Richmond Sessions (M.C.)
  1. Jimmy Reed – Mr.

  

KMUW Music is celebrating National Coffee Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Crossroads on Friday, September 29 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village is brewing up an entire show devoted to great java songs from the likes of Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, the Ink Spots, Herbie Mann, Robert Plant, Bob Dorough and more.

The special continues on Strange Currency with selections from Prince, Squeeze, Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg and John Hiatt, among others.

Monday 9.25.17

Great guitars and tribute albums are featured tonight on the Night Train, including music from Pat Metheny, John Scofield’s collaboration with saxophonist Eddie Harris, guitar legend Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton with Wynton Marsalis, and the Deep Blue Organ Trio with guitarist Bobby Broom. Plus Swingadelic’s salute to Duke Pearson, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s tribute to Billie Holiday, Bill Frisell’s collection of songs from John Lennon, Alan Pasqua doing music of Bill Evans, and Conrad Herwig showcasing the “Latin Side of Herbie Hancock.”

Tuesday 9.26.17

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. Treasure Project, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton and Chet Baker.

Wednesday 9.27.17

Night Train highlights jazz legends and classic recordings tonight – including music from Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, John Coltrane (with Thelonious Monk and from A Love Supreme), tenor sax legend Coleman Hawkins, Erroll Garner’s classic Concert by the Sea album, legendary bassist Ron Carter, and the Montgomery Brothers (Wes, Buddy, and Monk).

Thursday 9.28.17

Night Train wraps up the September Classical Music Month/Jazz Meets Classical feature with a program featuring jazz reinterpretations of classical compositions. We’ll highlight works from Bach, Borodin, Mussagorsky, Ravel and more, reimagined by Jacques Loussier, Dave Brubeck, Eddie Daniels, Jim Hall, Tessa Souter and more.

Monday, September 25

Global Village continues the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature with a program devoted to Latin Jazz. We’ll highlight Afro-Cuban sounds from the pioneering work of Machito to new albums from Hilario Duran and Nestor Torres, new flamenco from the Guitar Trio of Paco de Lucia, Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin, Brazilian jazz from Eliane Elias and more.

Tuesday, September 26

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, and singers Dolores Keane, Gal Costa, and Julie London. Plus more in the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature, including music from Chicha Libre and Lila Downs.

Wednesday, September 27

Global Village marks the birthday of Robbie Shakespeare, bassist and half of the legendary reggae ‘Riddim Twins’ with Sly Dunbar. Featured are a number of Sly & Robbie releases along with classic artists and tracks with the two. Global Village also highlights some recent and new reggae releases and compilations, including music from the Black Seeds, Ozomatli, the Skatalites, Christos DC, New Kingston, and the 40th anniversary edition of Bob Marley’s Exodus album.

Thursday, September 28

Global Village marks birthdays of Brazilian soul pioneer Tim Maia and C.J. Chenier, the son of zydeco great Clifton Chenier. Plus more music for the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature – this time from Miami bands Palo! and Spam All Stars, Mandrill, and the new Santana album with the Isley Brothers.

Friday, September 29

It’s Coffee Day and Global Village is brewing up an entire show devoted to great java songs from the likes of Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, the Ink Spots, Herbie Mann, Robert Plant, Bob Dorough and more.

(Strange Currency and Crossroads will also be brewing up Coffee Day programs tonight.)

Boogie Woogie Piano

Sep 25, 2017

September 29/October 1

Crossroads wraps up the September Blues Piano feature for Piano Month with a show devoted to boogie woogie piano. We’ll hear from such great players as Albert Ammons, Camille Howard, Pinetop Perkins, Roosevelt Sykes and Erwin Helfer in a tribute to Pete Johnson.

Crosssroads also joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Coffee Day, spotlights artists with local and regional concerts, and highlights the latest from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Williams Wayne & Isaak, and  the Lost in Paris Blues Band.

KMUW Music is celebrating the first day of autumn with three hours of music! Tune in to Global Village and Strange Currency on Friday, September 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Global Village welcomes in the first day of Fall with songs of the season from a wide array of artists and styles of music, including Astor Piazzolla, Bob Dorough, Ralph Towner (with and without Oregon), Ahmad Jamal, and more.

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