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 2.22.16

Night Train highlights some jazz giants and continues the February feature with more great jazz singers including Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Betty Carter, Carmen McRae and rising star Cyrille Aimee.

Plus music from the trombone ensemble Jazzbonez, guitarist Bobby Broom, guitarist and bassist John Webber, the Jazz at the Movie Band, and West Coast stars Gerald Wilson, Shelly Mann, and Buddy Collette.

Monday, February 22

Global Village heads to the Crescent City to celebrate the birthday of one of the city’s R&B greats, Ernie K-Doe. Plus more music from Bob Marley and Roots Reggae Revival star Jesse Royal for the February feature; new music from Sidestepper; two acts with US tours – Danu and Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters; and a blast from the past from Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers.

Tuesday, February 23

February 19/21

Crossroads continues the February feature with more hits and rarities from the next four volumes in The R&B Years series, this time covering 1949 through 1952. Plus music from several blues acts with concerts in the coming week, new blues releases (including Trudy Lynn and Ebony Jo-Ann), and a birthday salute to the legendary Nina Simone.

Monday 2.15.16

Monday, February 15

Global Village celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president needs some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Tuesday, February 16

February 12/14

Crossroads kicks off the February feature celebrating The R&B Years by delving into a wonderful import compilation series covering the early ‘40s to the mid ‘50s with both classic and rare R&B gems. We’ll highlight sounds from the first four of twelve volumes in the series this time, with more to come through the rest of the month.

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Monday 2.8.16

Tonight on the Night Train, classic recordings from Miles Davis and Bill Evans, tributes to Chet Baker from Luciana Souza and Eliane Elias and a celebration of Billie Holiday from saxophonist Scott Hamilton, plus vocalists Ernie Andrews and Lucy Smith for the February Jazz Singers feature.

Tuesday 2.9.16

Monday, February 8

Happy New Year! We celebrate Chinese New Year, Tet (Vietnam), Seollal (Korea), Losar (Tibet) or the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival in this visit to the Global Village. We’ll highlight traditional (Heart of the Dragon Ensemble), world fusion (Gao Hong and Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble) and contemporary pop (Sa Dingding) from China.

February 5/7

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.

Featured this time at the Crossroads are:

The latest from soul blues star Johnny Rawls

Maple Blues Awards nominee Cecile Doo-Kingue

Texas bluesman (and Freddy King’s brother) Benny Turner

A return to his roots from North Mississippi All Star Luther Dickinson

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1.       Tinariwen - Live in Paris (ANTI-)

2.       Tiken Jah Fakoly - Racines (Barclay)

3.       Black Masala - I Love You Madly (Black Masala Music)

4.       L'Attirail - La route interieure (Les Chantiers Sonores)

5.       Various - Senegal 70 (Analog Africa)

6.       Seffarine - De Fez a Jerez (Seffarine Music)

7.       SoulJazz Orchestra - Resistance (Strut)

8.       Lura - Herencia (LusAfrica)