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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8:39 am
Tue November 25, 2014

A Thanksgiving Feast & More Saxophones With Birthday Artists Al Cohn, Serge Chaloff & Paul Desm

Al Cohn with Zoot Sims

Monday 11.24.14

Night Train celebrates birthdays of two of the Four Brothers (the famous saxophone section in Woody Herman’s Second Herd) – Al Cohn and Serge Chaloff, and features Zoot Sims - a third Brother and longtime musical partner with Al Cohn – in a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show. It’s also the birthday of pianist Teddy Wilson, and there’s music from him as a solo artist and also with Billie Holiday – and there’s new music from singer and pianist Freddy Cole, and saxophonists Jimmy Greene and Lenny Pickett.

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8:26 am
Tue November 25, 2014

A Thanksgiving Feast, Gato Barbieri’s Birthday & More World Saxophones

Saxophonist Jan Garbarek

Monday November 24

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8:44 am
Mon November 17, 2014

More Saxophones – New Releases, Classic Recordings & Specials For 3 Jazz Giants

Saxophonist Steve Kaldestad

Monday 11.17.14

Night Train marks birthdays of trombonist Roswell Rudd and bassist Ben Allison, and continues with more music for the November saxophone feature, including new music from saxophonist Steve Kaldestad and from James Farm with saxophonist Joshua Redman, along with a classic from Charlie Parker and in hour two of the show, the first of a two part Charlie Parker Jazz Profiles special.

Tuesday 11.18.14

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8:25 am
Mon November 17, 2014

World Saxophones, World Jazz And Ethio-Jazz This Week In The Global Village

World jazz saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum

Monday November 17

Global Village celebrates birthdays of two jazz artists who have incorporated world influences in their work – trombonist Roswell Rudd and bassist Ben Allison. Plus a newly released classic from Ethiopia, and new music from kora player Mamadou Diabate and Robert Plant.

Tuesday November 18

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8:06 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Remembering Michael Coleman, Celebrating Dr. John’s Birthday & Featuring Blues Saxophones

The legendary Dr. John

November 21/23

Crossroads celebrates the birthday of Crescent City legend Dr. John with music from his early days up to his new album in hour one, and a House of Blues Special in hour two of the show. Also a tribute to  Chicago bluesman Michael Coleman, who passed away earlier this month, with music under his own name and with James Cotton,  and  more saxophone sounds for the November feature, including music from Jr. Walker, A.C. Reed, Joe Houston and David “Fathead” Newman.

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9:33 am
Mon November 10, 2014

World Saxophones, Buckwheat Zydeco’s Birthday And More In The Global Village

Ethiopian saxophonist Getatchew Mekurya

Monday November 10

Highlights in this visit to the Global Village include a classic from Toots & the Maytals, modern Chilean cumbia group Chico Trujillo, Italian neo-folk ensemble Newpoli, Taj Mahal with the Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar, and for the November saxophone feature Femi Kuti, the son of Afrobeat legend, Fela.

Tuesday November 11

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9:11 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Hubert Sumlin/Buckwheat Zydeco Birthdays & Blues/Soul Saxophones

Zydeco star Buckwheat Zydeco

November 14/16

Crossroads marks birthdays of zydeco star Buckwheat Zydeco and guitarist Hubert Sumlin, best known for his work with legendary Chicago blues artist, Howlin’ Wolf (including a Sumlin tribute special in hour two of the show). Plus recent Blues Blast Award winners and Maple Blues Award nominees, more blues and soul saxophone (including Eddie Shaw, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Mark Kazanoff, and the Blues Brothers horns) for the November blues & soul saxophone feature, and new music from Johnny Winter and Marcia Ball.

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2:33 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Celebrating The Bicentennial Of Adolphe Sax, The Inventor Of The Saxophone

Saxophonist Sonny Rollins

Monday 11.3.14

Some tough tenors on tap tonight on the Night Train, including tenor saxophonists Sonny Rollins, Ernie Watts, Anton Schwartz, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins with Ben Webster, and John Coltrane with Duke Ellington – as Night Train joins in with all the music shows on KMUW this month to feature the saxophone for the bicentennial birthday of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the instrument.  Also new music from Medeski  Scofield Martin & Wood, Tierney Sutton, Elio Villafranca and the Ezra Weiss Sextet.

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11:59 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The 200th Birthday Of The Saxophone Inventor, Cambodia's Water Festival & New Month/New Music

Celebrate Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the sax, with music from sax man Manu Dibango

Monday November 3

Global Village heads to the Balkans for music from early music master Jordi Savall’s Balkan Spirit, the Brooklyn-based Raya Brass Band, and one of the premier Balkan brass bands on the scene today – the Boban and Marko Markovic Orchestra. Plus stops in between to Lisbon, the Caribbean, Celtic Spain, and a “Saturday Night on Saturn” date with exotica legend Les Baxter.                                                                       

Tuesday November 4

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11:07 am
Mon November 3, 2014

New Month/New Music Time At The Crossroads

Come Back Baby, the latest from Linsey Alexander
Credit Album Cover Art

November 7/9

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 this time at the Crossroads are albums from:

Linsey Alexander

Mississippi Heat

Eric Bibb

Rory Block

Big Harp George

Marcia Ball

Billy Boy Arnold

And several new blues saxophone albums for the November saxophone feature.

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