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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September 30/October 2 Crossroads wraps up the September feature with some classic tracks from Otis Redding and some Crescent City brass bands, including the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who helped usher in the modern sound and era of New Orleans Brass Bands. Also music from artists with concerts in the coming week, and the latest from soul singer Charles Bradley (often compared to Otis Redding) and a new compilation of music from the great New Orleans funk band, the...

Monday 9.19.16 Night Train highlights saxophone classics from John Coltrane, Gene Ammons and Sonny Rollins, Brazilian jazz from Flora Purim and Eliane Elias, and drummer leaders Joe Chambers, Leon Parker and Chris Parker. Tuesday 9.20.16 Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Dan Cray (who has a new album out) and drummer and bandleader Chico Hamilton (with a special in hour two focusing on his new direction in the 60s and a new band that included...

Monday, September 19 Fall is the time when many international artists tour the U.S. and Canada and in this visit to the Global Village , music from a number of them –Mariza, Luisa Maita, Vieux Farka Toure, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Bombino, and Sondorgo – are featured. Global Village also showcases the world music side of Canadian producer and performer Daniel Lanois for his birthday, and for the September brass band feature presents Balkan brass by way of...

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September 23/25 Crossroads continues the September feature of music from Otis Redding (with music from his last posthumous album, Tell the Truth , and King and Queen with Carla Thomas) and more brass band sounds, including a forthcoming album and first studio set in five years from March Fourth. Plus birthday salutes to Ray Charles, Fenton Robinson, Mighty Joe Young and Ben E. King, new music from the Fabulous...

Monday 9.12.16 Tonight on the Night Train , a wonderful group of artists celebrating birthdays - acclaimed trombonist (and conch shell player) Steve Turre, trumpeter Brian Lynch, tenor saxophonist Scott Hamilton, soul jazz organist Papa John DeFrancesco, and singer/pianist Champian Fulton. Plus new music from the Eric Hargett Trio (with Papa John's son Joey DeFrancesco), Rene Marie (in her first set of all original material), and drummer Karl Latham with a set of ‘new...

September 16/18 Crossroads celebrates birthdays of legendary bluesman B.B. King (including a special appreciation in hour two of the show), as well as those of harmonica player Billy Boy Arnold, Chicago blues drummer Fred Below. Plus more brass bands for the September feature, this time from St. Louis with the Funky Butt Brass Band, along with new music, concert previews, some ‘country blues,’ and more.

Monday September 12 Global Village celebrates the birthday of world-jazz percussionist Adam Rudolph with music from his Moving Pictures and Go: Organic Orchestra projects, and guest appearances with Shadowfax and Leni Stern – plus more brass bands for the September feature, this time including the Gangbe Brass Band from Benin and the U.S. based, Balkan inspired Raya Brass Band – and new music from London’s contemporary classical meets...

Monday 9.5.16 Night Train celebrates Labor Day with some work songs and a ‘Jazz on the Picket Lines’ special in hour two of the show. Plus the kick-off of the September Brass Bands feature with music from Kermit Ruffins with both the Rebirth Brass Band and the Treme Brass Band, and new music from Charlie Hunter and Jim Rotondi. Tuesday 9.6.16 Night Train marks birthdays of popular British jazz vocalist Claire Martin and singer Macy Gray ...

Monday, September 5 Global Village celebrates Labor Day with songs about work and working, the people who do it and the joys and pains of it. Among the artists featured: the Strawbs, Toots Hibbert, Van Morrison, Sting, Abbey Lincoln, the Beatles, Jimmy Reed, the Roches and more. Tuesday, September 6 This time in the Global Village – music from Buika, Bebo (Valdes), Bossacucanova, Bembeya (Jazz National), and lots of brass for the September feature...

Otis Redding's 75th

Sep 6, 2016

September 9/11 Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to mark what would have been Otis Redding’s 75 th birthday. We’ll hear the first tracks the Southern Soul legend did with Stax, classic recordings from throughout his career, several of his posthumous albums, which also featured a number of his classics, and a couple of great Redding covers. Plus Crossroads continues the other...

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