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.


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.
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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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1:56 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Night Train's March Featured Artist: Pat Metheny

Metheny on the Dec. 2013 cover of Downbeat magazine
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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:

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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.
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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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3:02 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

'New Month, New Music': Blues Edition

Eight-piece "big band" Blue Lunch marks 30 years together

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

Monday,  March 3

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5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Crossroads' Top 40 Recap: February 2014

February's No. 1: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings "Give the People What They Want"
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Crossroads Top 40 -  February 2014
1.       Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - Give the People What They Want (Daptone)
2.       Toronzo Cannon - John the Conquer Root (Delmark)
3.       Eddie Cotton - Here I Come (DeChamp)
4.       Shawn Holt & the Teardrops - Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)
5.       Magic Sam - Live at the Avant Garde (Delmark)
6.       Root Doctor - New Attitude (Root Doctor)
7.       Aretha Franklin - The Queen of Soul (Atlantic/Rhino)
8.       Downchild - Can You Hear the Music (Linus)

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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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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.

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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