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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Jazz
5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Night Train's February Top 40 List

February's No. 1: George Cables - Influences and Icons
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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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World Music
5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

February Top 40 in the Global Village

February's No. 1: Angelique Kidjo - Eve
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GLOBAL VILLAGE TOP 40: February 2014
1. Angelique Kidjo - Eve (429 Records)
2. Soweto Gospel Choir - Divine Decade (Decca)
3. Debademba - Souleymane (World Village)
4. Anoushka Shankar - Traces of You (Deutsche Grammophon)
5. Kepa Junkera - Galiza (Fol Musica)
6. Various - Haiti Direct (Strut)
7. Fanfare Ciocarlia/Adrian Raso - Devil's Tale (Asphalt Tango)
8. Tinariwen - Emmaar (Anti-)
9. Bossacucanova - Our Kind of Bossa (Six Degrees)
10. Various - Angola Soundtrack 2 (Analog Africa)

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jazz
3:13 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

71 Years of George Harrison, 'Beatlejazz' Wraps Up

On Tuesday, legendary Beatles guitarist George Harrison would have turned 71.
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Monday 2.24.14

Night Train marks the birthday of acclaimed tenor sax and flute player David Fathead Newman, with music from throughout a career that started in the mid-'50s and continued for the next six decades. Along with music from releases under his own name, the show features work he did with Ray Charles, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Roy Hargrove. Plus more Beatle jazz, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet (who have an area date later this week), and new music from Chick Corea, the Mack Avenue Superband, and Bob Dorough.

Tuesday 2.25.14

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world music
2:50 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

17 Hippies Play Guitar and George Harrison's Birthday

Thursday: 17 Hippies Play Guitar, the 2006 Hipster Records release from the Berlin-based acoustic group.

Monday, Feb. 24 2014

Global Village highlights a live set from flamenco guitar great Paco de Lucia, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band’s 35th anniversary release, acclaimed Balkan brass band group - the Boban and Marko Markovic Orkestar, and the great Jamaican guitarist and ska pioneer Ernest Ranglin.

Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014

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blues
2:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Mavis Staples Spotlight Rounds Out February Feature

Crossroads' Staple Singers tribute continues with releases from Mavis Staples
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Friday, Feb.  28/Sunday, Mar. 2 2014

Crossroads wraps up its month-long salute to The Staple Singers with music from Mavis Staples – including selections from her first solo album recorded while the Staples were on Stax, one of two albums she did with Prince, guest appearances with Maria Muldaur and Robben Ford, and in hour two, a special featuring Mavis Staples at the Newport Folk Festival. Plus new music from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Joe Louis Walker, Root Doctor and more.

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Blues
10:59 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Book Review: 'I'll Take You There' By Greg Kot

It is telling that album that finally did launch Mavis Staples' solo career was called Have A Little Faith.

Though most certainly it was a reference to her long career and deep roots in gospel, it was also about Mavis finally having a little faith in herself - belief enough to more comfortably step outside the warm embrace of the family she had performed with since she was a child, and assert her own presence and talent.

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blues, soul
5:28 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Blues Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees; More From Featured Artists, The Staple Singers

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February  21/23

Crossroads highlights more from February's featured artists, The Staple Singers; the newly announced 2014 inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame (including both artists and recordings); music from artists with upcoming local concerts; and a new four-disc compilation from The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Plus, the latest from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, David Bromberg, Valerie June and Hugh Laurie.

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world music
5:15 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

A Haitian Tribute to Nelson Mandela, Africa's First Rock Band, and 'Classic Meets Cuban'

Michel Martelly - 'Sweet Mickey' Was Elected Haiti's President in 2011
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Monday  February 17

SPECIAL: Global Village celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from artists who ran for or won the position of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and the current president of Haiti – Michel Martelly – plus some ambassadors from Haiti and Brenda Fassie’s musical tribute to South African president, Nelson Mandela.

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jazz
4:56 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Lester "Prez" Young, and Bossa Nova - The Brazilian Style

Lester "Prez" Young
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Monday 2.17.14

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world music
2:46 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Musical Hearts And Flowers In The Global Village

Michael Doucet adds a Cajun twist to Global Village's Valentine's Day feature
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Monday, February 10

Global Village highlights world music covers of songs from Dylan, the Beatles and The Staple Singers; February featured artist Angelique Kidjo; the Easy Star All Stars; From Another World, a new world music tribute to Dylan and more.

Tuesday, February 11

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