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.


1:31 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Billy Branch & Sons of Blues No. 1 on Crossroads' March Top 40

No. 1 this month: Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues
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Crossroads Top 40 -  MARCH 2014

1.       Billy Branch & Sons of Blues - Blues Shock (Blind Pig)

2.       Johnny Winter - True to the Blues: The Johnny Winter Story (Columbia/Legacy)

3.       Aretha Franklin - The Queen of Soul (Atlantic/Rhino)

4.       Otis Redding - The King of Soul (Atlantic/Rhino)

5.       Little Feat - Rad Gumbo (Warner Bros.)

6.       Creole Joe Band - Creole Joe Band (PRA)

7.       Toronzo Cannon - John the Conquer Root (Delmark)

8.       Damon Fowler - Sounds of Home (Blind Pig)

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2:12 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

New Month, New (blues) Music in the Crossroads

The Terry Quiett Band. The Kansas favorite is featured on Crossroads' New Month, New Music program this week.
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April 4/6

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 latest from blues star Robert Cray

Local favorites, the Terry Quiett Band

Maple Blues Award winner Matt Anderson

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5:56 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Night Train starts its month-long Big Beat salute to jazz drummers

Babatunde Lea, one of April's Big Beat featured percussionists
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Monday 3.31.14

Night Train wraps up the March Pat Metheny feature with music from a guest appearance he made with bassist Marc Johnson, from the Question & Answer album with Dave Holland and Roy Haynes, and from his new Unity Group album, Kin. Plus a birthday salute to vibes pioneer Red Norvo, including a Jazz Profiles special about his life and music in hour two of the show.

Tuesday 4.1.14

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World Music
5:24 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Global Village this week: the New Month, New Music show and a tribute to Paco de Lucia

Global Village April feature: Spanish Flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia
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Monday,  March 31

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5:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Jazz Age Shanghai - Read the Book, Hear the Music

Jazz Age Shanghai - Read the Book, Hear the Music

A video with the song "Ye Shang Hai" and clips from movies of the era with additional background and a translation of the song here.

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Global Music
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

The Soweto Gospel Choir – Grounded In The Music Of South Africa

The Soweto Gospel Choir

One of the best known sounds from Africa is the music of South Africa - and one of the best known South African groups these days is the Soweto Gospel Choir - a super group made up of some of the best voices of the townships. The choir ranges from 20 to 30 members and is accompanied by bass, guitar, drum and keyboard – as well as lively dancing. From the beginning, the Choir has been an international hit and has acted as musical ambassadors to the world. They are currently in the midst of a 37-city U.S. tour.

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4:23 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

King of Zydeco wraps up March feature and Best Blues Album nominee David Gogo

Clifton Chenier - known as the King of Zydeco - is among the artists wrapping up the genre's March feature.

March 28/30

Crossroads wraps up the March Zydeco feature with music from the King of Zydeco - Clifton Chenier, one of the first zydeco hitmakers - Boozoo Chavis, zydeco star Buckwheat Zydeco, and local zydeco and Cajun favorites, the Mudbugs – then in hour two, a special tracing the history and musicians who helped create the “Zydeco Nation.”

Plus David Gogo - one of this year’s Juno Award nominees for Best Blues Album, and new music from Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues, Damon Fowler, and John Nemeth with the Bo-Keys.

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3:13 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

A showcase of jazz pianists, more from March featured artist Pat Metheny

Tuesday: Bruce Barth is among the featured jazz pianists' who have new releases.

Monday 3.24.14

Night Train marks birthdays of vocalese pioneer King Pleasure, Oregon co-founder Paul McCandless, and pianists Steve Kuhn and Renee Rosnes (including a special in hour two featuring Rosnes along with husband Bill Charlap at the Savannah Music Festival). Plus a new Beatles jazz compilation, the latest from soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, and more from March featured artist Pat Metheny – from his solo album, One Quiet Night.

Tuesday 3.25.14

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World Music
2:55 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Paul McCandless of jazz ensemble Oregon, 'girl group' lineups in the Global Village

Paul McCandless (second from right) pictured with chamber jazz group, Oregon, on their 2012 release 'Family Tree.' McCandless turns 67 years old Monday.
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Monday  March 24

Global Village marks the birthday of Paul McCandless with music he did with the group he co-founded, the world chamber jazz ensemble, Oregon – along with guest appearances he made with Bela Fleck and Nguyen Le. Plus a classic from Van Morrison and new music from Anoushka Shankar- daughter of Ravi Shankar, and the critically acclaimed Tuareg group, Tinariwen.

Tuesday March 25

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9:02 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Birthdays and more from March feature on Night Train

Bill Frisell

Monday 3.17.14

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some jazzy green things. We also mark birthdays of the legendary Nat Cole, organist Ron Oswanski, and pianist Jessica Williams, and highlight more from March featured artist, Pat Metheny, this time with the great jazz drummer Roy Haynes.

Tuesday 3.18.14

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