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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1.       Fanfare Ciocarlia – Onwards to Mars! (Asphalt Tango)

2.       Las Hermanas Caronni - Navega Mundos (Adami)

3.       Various – Rough Guide to South African Jazz (World Music Network)

4.       Various – Rough Guide to a World of Psychedelia (World Music Network)

5.       Cocek! Brass Band – Round Two (Cocek Brass Band)

6.       Carrie Rodriguez – Lola (Thirty Tigers)

7.       Bombino – Azel (Partisan)

8.       Rokia Traore – Ne So (Nonesuch)

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1.       Various – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator)

2.       Bonnie Raitt – Dig in Deep (Red Wing)

3.       Magic Sam – Black Magic (Delmark)

4.       Luther Dickinson - Blues and Ballads (New West)

5.       Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way (Alligator)

6.       King Louis/LaRhonda Steele – Rock Me Baby (Shoug)

7.       Jonn Del Toro Richardson - Tengo Blues (Del Toro)

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May 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 blues releases. Among the highlights this time are new albums from:

Monday 5.2.16

Night Train kicks off the May feature, celebrating the 80th birthday of pianist, composer, arranger and band leader Carla Bley - plus salutes to lyricist Lorenz Hart, drummer Will Kennedy, and organist Groove Holmes, all of whom were born on this date. And new music from Sarah Vaughan, the Yellowjackets, Peter Erskine, Chester Thompson, and more.

Tuesday 5.3.16

Monday, May 2

Global Village highlights award winners, including world and world-inspired music from Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners – among them Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, George Harrison, Bob Marley, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and May featured artist Ravi Shankar. Plus music from a Juno-nominated release from Ayrad, and a Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning album from Carlos Vives.

Tuesday, May 3

April 29/May 1

Crossroads wraps up its month-long celebration of the 120th birthday of Rev. Gary Davis with classic songs that Davis recorded and that were covered by Dave Van Ronk, and Rambling Jack.

Monday 4.25.16

Tonight on the Night Train, birthday salutes to drummer Carl Allen, and ‘The First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald, including a Jazz Profiles special featuring Ella in hour two of the show. Also a new release featuring music from one of Phil Woods’ last performances, and singer Mary Stallings’ cover of one of April featured artist Benny Carter’s most popular songs.

Tuesday 4.26.16

Monday, April 25

Global Village highlights reggae and reggae influenced music from Bob Marley, his son Ziggy Marley, Jamaican guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, highlife-reggae-soul group Selasee & the Fafa Family and more.

Tuesday, April 26

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April 22/24

Crossroads continues its month long celebration of the 120th birthday of gospel blues great, Rev. Gary Davis, with music from one of his classic albums, Harlem Street Singer, and covers of his songs from Rory Block, the Sojourners, and the Ragpicker String Band.

Monday 4.18.16

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train to pianist Hal Galper, drummer Danny Gottlieb, and Texas bluesman Gatemouth Brown (including a special in hour two of the show, Clarence Gatemouth Brown at the Fur Peace Ranch). Also music from April featured artist Benny Carter with Sarah Vaughan, from newly named Guggenheim fellow Wayne Shorter, and from new releases by guitarist Russell Malone, and saxophonists Charles Lloyd and Phil Woods.

Tuesday 4.19.16