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.


9:53 am
Wed May 7, 2014

American rockers Little Feat are No. 1 on Crossroads' April Top 40

Little Feat, pictured here in 1973, tops Crossroads' April Top 40.
Credit Warner Brothers publicity photo

Crossroads Top 40 - APRIL 2014
1.       Little Feat - Rad Gumbo (Warner Bros.)
2.       Magic Sam - Live at the Avant Garde (Delmark)
3.       Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)
4.       John Nemeth - Memphis Grease (Blue Corn)
5.       Robert Cray Band - In My Soul (Provogue)
6.       Eddie Cotton - Here I Come (DeChamp)
7.       Robben Ford - A Day in Nashville (Provogue)
8.       Tinsley Ellis - Midnight Blue (Heartfixer Music)
9.       Holmes Brothers - Brotherhood (Alligator)

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1:29 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

World Accordion Day & birthday celebrations for Arthur Blythe, Keith Jarrett & Mary Lou Williams

Night Train celebrated World Accordion Day Tuesday along with Global Village and Strange Currency.

Monday 5.5.14

Night Train highlights music from guitarist Bobby Broom, singer Shawnn Monteiro’s tribute to Carmen McRae, the Jazz Soul Seven’s salute to Curtis Mayfield, and drummer and WSU alum Matt Wilson’s Arts and Crafts lineup - plus classics from Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, and Fats Waller.

Tuesday 5.6.14

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World Music
1:14 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

World Accordion Day, Cinco de Mayo, Brazil’s Tania Maria and more

Tune in Tuesday for a World Accordion Day special

Monday May 5

Global Village celebrates Cinco de Mayo with music from the Mexican Institute of Sound, Sones de Mexico, and Esquivel. Plus birthday salutes to new tango bassist Pablo Aslan and Engish singer, guitarist and songwriter Martin Simpson, and also new music from the Souljazz Orchestra, and the Rough Guide to the Music of Mali.

Tuesday May 6

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1:06 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

May featured artists the Holmes Brothers & new music from Robben Ford, Savoy Brown and more

The Holmes Brothers jazz trio

May 9/11

Crossroads highlights more from May featured artists, the Holmes Brothers, including music from their new album Brotherhood, their second set on the Rounder label – Where It’s At, and a guest appearance on a new album from Tommy Castro. Plus new music from Robben Ford, Savoy Brown, Joe Louis Walker and the Little Feat Warner Bros. boxed set, and classics from Freddy King, Al Green, the Allman Brothers and Muddy Waters.

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1:50 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Night Train starts May's feature, double bill of John Scofield + the Sun Ra Centennial

Thursday, we honor late jazz vocalist and pianist, Shirley Horn.
Credit Skip Bolen

Monday 4.28.14

Night Train starts the week with more great jazz percussionists – this time, Joe Morello (who worked with both Dave Brubeck and Marian McPartland) and the legendary Roy Haynes – new music from Mike Longo, Antonio Adolf,  and Catherine Russell - and birthday salutes to guitarist Steve Khan, Latin jazz pioneer Mario Bauza, and singer and pianist Blossom Dearie, including a special devoted to her work in hour two of the show.

Tuesday 4.29.14

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World Music
1:40 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

In the Global Village: New Month, New Music time, an International Jazz Day special

International Jazz Day is this Wednesday, April 30.

Monday April 28

Global Village celebrates birthdays of guitarists Leni Stern and Steve Khan, Latin jazz pioneer Mario Bauza, and salsa star Willie Colon. Plus new music from the 25th anniversary Riverboat Records compilation and April featured artist Paco de Lucia as a special guest with Niño Josele.

Tuesday April 29

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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.
Credit Alligator Records at

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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