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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World Music
8:52 am
Mon March 17, 2014

This week Global Village celebrates St. Patrick's Day and the arrival of Spring

The Gloaming released its self-titled debut album Jan. 20.
Credit http://www.npr.org/2014/01/12/261121018/first-listen-the-gloaming-the-gloaming

Monday  March 17

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Blues
8:40 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Crossroads highlights more zydeco sounds for the March feature

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
Credit http://waltz.ordway.org/performances/1011/terrance-simien-and-the-zydeco-experience.asp

March 21 and 23

Crossroads highlights more zydeco sounds for the March feature – this time from Grammy winner Terrance Simien, the Creole Zydeco Farmers and Chubby Carrier. Plus a birthday salute to blues piano great Otis Spann with music he did as a leader and with both Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers; and new music from Harmonica 

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Blues
3:27 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Zydeco Blues Greats in the Crossroads

Nathan Williams of Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas.
Credit www.myspace.com/nathanandthezydecochachas

March 14 and 17, 2014

Crossroads kicks off the March Zydeco feature with music from C.J. Chenier, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas, Buckwheat Zydeco and Rockin’ Dopsie. Plus, a birthday salute to soul-jazz organ great Shirley Scott, and new music from the Bob Lanza Blues Band, Charlie Musselwhite, Tinsley Ellis and Shaun Murphy.

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Jazz
2:56 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Honoring The Late Paco de Lucia, More From March's Featured Artist: Pat Metheny

Night Train will honor the late Paco de Lucia all this week. The legendary flamenco guitarist passed away at the age of 66 last month.
Credit Gabriela Canseco

Monday, March 10

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World Music
2:36 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Bobby McFerrin's 'VOCAbuLarieS' and Balkan brass meets Gypsy jazz guitar

Ten-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin's release, VOCAbuLarieS. The album is a meticulously crafted intersection of voice, orchestra and improv.
Credit Album Cover Art - www.bobbymcferrin.com

Monday,  March 10

Global Village marks the birthday of eclectic French percussionist Mino Cinelu. We’ll celebrate with music from his first solo album and guest appearances he made with new-flamenco star Vicente Amigo, legendary Malian singer Salif Keita, and guitarist Al Di Meola. Plus more great voices of South Africa – this time the Mahotella Queens – and some great ersatz Afrobeat from the Daktaris.

Tuesday, March 11

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Jazz
1:56 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Night Train's March Featured Artist: Pat Metheny

Metheny on the Dec. 2013 cover of Downbeat magazine
Credit Downbeat Magazine - www.downbeat.com

Pat Metheny is one of those rare artists in jazz who combines the highest level of artistry with a popularity that extends well beyond the usual jazz circles. He is widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation and is known for his technical skill, heartland melodies and adventurous artistry.
 
Official Pat Metheny website:
www.patmetheny.com
 

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Jazz
3:44 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

A Mardi Gras Focus on Crescent City Jazz, Featured Artist Pat Metheny

Jazz drummer Jason Marsalis, who turns 37 Tuesday, will be featured on Night Train's Mardi Gras special.
Credit Don Keller - www.palmcourtjazzcafe.com

Monday 3.3.14

Night Train explores some jazz with international influences tonight – including music from Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, African guitarist Lionel Loueke, flamenco-jazz trumpeter Greg Duncan, the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet and the Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble. Plus, some “good vibes” from vibraphonists Gary Burton, Joe Locke, Stefon Harris and Christian Tamburr.

Tuesday 3.4.14

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Blues
3:02 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

'New Month, New Music': Blues Edition

Eight-piece "big band" Blue Lunch marks 30 years together
Credit http://www.clevescene.com

Friday, March 7 + Sunday, March 9

It’s 'New Month, New Music' time - Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to highlight the best in new releases.

Among the titles featured this time at the Crossroads are new releases from:

The Blue Lunch 30th anniversary compilation

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World Music
2:34 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Specials: South African Gospel Choir, Fat Tuesday, Honoring Paco de Lucia

Featured group: The Soweto Gospel Choir
Credit sowetogospelchoir.com

Monday,  March 3

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Jazz
5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Night Train's February Top 40 List

February's No. 1: George Cables - Influences and Icons
Credit Album Cover Art

NIGHT TRAIN TOP 40: February 2014
1. George Cables - Icons and Influences (High Note)
2. Edward Simon - Venezuelan Suite (Sunnyside)
3. Jane Ira Bloom - Sixteen Sunsets (Outline)
4. Dr. Lonnie Smith - In the Beginning Vols. 1 & 2 (Pilgrimmage)
5. Romero Lubambo - So: Brazilian Essence (Sunnyside)
6. Rene Marie - I Wanna Be Evil (Motema)
7. Kevin Coelho - Turn It Up (Chicken Coup)
8. Catherine Russell - Bring It Back (Jazz Village)
9. Jacques Schwarz-Bart - Jazz Racine Haiti (Motema)

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