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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April 15/17

Crossroads celebrates birthdays of the Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith (including a special about her life and music in hour two of the show), and soul and gospel singer Mighty Sam McClain. Plus more for the April gospel blues feature – including music from the Holmes Brothers and Wee Willie Walker –   along with concert previews, and new music from L.A.’s Dennis Jones, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and the Jon Spear Band.

Monday 4.11.16

Lots of clarinets tonight on the Night Train, with music from bebop clarinet pioneer Buddy DeFranco and contemporary artists including Dr. Michael White, Anat Cohn, Ken Peplowski, David Murray, and Paquito D’Rivera. Plus the Ted Rosenthal Trio’s remarkable reinvention of “Rhapsody in Blue,” Jane Ira Bloom’s surprising ballad project Sixteen Sunsets, and the jazz side of Ray Charles

Tuesday 4.12.16

Monday, April 11

Global Village celebrates the birthday of singer Neville Staple of the Specials,  continues with more music from April featured artists Fanfare Ciocarlia – this time with music from their new 20th anniversary set, Onwards to Mars! – and highlights new music from Brazil’s Sociedade Recreativa, a Colombian roots project from Sidestepper, the One-Drop Anthems compilation, and a 50th anniversary release from one of the great groups of the Latin American New Song movement: Chile’s Inti-Illimani.

April 8/10

Crossroads highlights recordings from the Impressions, Clifton Chenier, and Blind Willie McTell that were just inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry.

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Monday, April 4

Global Village kicks off the April feature celebrating the 20th anniversary of acclaimed Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia with a signature tune from the group’s debut release. Plus birthday salutes to English folk rock bassist Danny Thompson, South African legend Hugh Masekela, blues great Muddy Waters, and Latin jazz pianist Michel Camilo – and a special salute to Square Root Day!

Tuesday, April 5

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1.       Solas - All Those Years (THL)

2.       17 Hippies - Anatomy & Metamorphosis (Hipster)

3.       Michael Messer's Mitra - Call of the Blues (Knife Edge)

4.       Eva Salina - Lema Lema (Vogiton)

5.       Maria Pomianowska & Groupe Gainde - Warszawa-Dakar (For-Tune Productions)

6.       Las Hermanas Caronni - Navega Mundos (Adami)

7.       Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet - Eight Winds (ECM)

8.       Aziza Brahim - Abbar El Hamada (Glitterbeat)

9.       Inti-Illimani - Teoría de Cuerdas (Inti-Illimani)

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 1.                Elmore James - The Complete Singles As & Bs 1951-62 (Acrobat)

2.                James Hunter Six - Hold On! (Daptone)

3.                Benny Turner - When She's Gone (Nola Blue)

4.                Michael Messer's Mitra - Call of the Blues (Knife Edge)

5.                Toni Lynn Washington – I Wanna Dance (Regina Royale)

6.                Andy Santana & the West Coast Playboys - Watch Your Step! (Delta Groove)

7.                Harmonica Shah - If You Live to Get Old, You Will Understand (Electro-Fi)

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1.          Herlin Riley - New Direction (Mack Avenue)

2.          Charles Lloyd & the Marvels - I Long to See You (Blue Note)

3.          Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, La Orquesta Sinfonietta - Canto America (Patois)

4.          Christian Tamburr - People Talk (Christian Tamburr)

5.          Bill O'Connell & the Latin Jazz All-Stars - Heart Beat (Savant)

6.          Kim Nalley - Blues People (Kim Nalley)

7.          Mike Freeman ZonaVibe - Blue Tjade (VOF)

8.          John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

With any luck, the current interest in Cuba will also draw more attention to Cuban music, one of that country's best and most reliable exports for several centuries now. In recent decades, another reliable Cuban export has been people, including some remarkable musicians who now call America home.

Monday 3.28.16

Night Train highlights tribute albums (Roseanna Vitro with the music of Clare Fischer, Laurie Antonioli’s celebration of Joni Mitchell, and the Dave Liebman Big Band playing the music of Wayne Shorter) along with a number of great jazz saxophonists - including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollin, Stan Getz, Hank Crawford, and Cannonball Adderley.

Tuesday 3.29.16

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