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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February 12/14

Crossroads kicks off the February feature celebrating The R&B Years by delving into a wonderful import compilation series covering the early ‘40s to the mid ‘50s with both classic and rare R&B gems. We’ll highlight sounds from the first four of twelve volumes in the series this time, with more to come through the rest of the month.

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Monday 2.8.16

Tonight on the Night Train, classic recordings from Miles Davis and Bill Evans, tributes to Chet Baker from Luciana Souza and Eliane Elias and a celebration of Billie Holiday from saxophonist Scott Hamilton, plus vocalists Ernie Andrews and Lucy Smith for the February Jazz Singers feature.

Tuesday 2.9.16

Monday, February 8

Happy New Year! We celebrate Chinese New Year, Tet (Vietnam), Seollal (Korea), Losar (Tibet) or the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival in this visit to the Global Village. We’ll highlight traditional (Heart of the Dragon Ensemble), world fusion (Gao Hong and Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble) and contemporary pop (Sa Dingding) from China.

February 5/7

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 blues releases.

Featured this time at the Crossroads are:

The latest from soul blues star Johnny Rawls

Maple Blues Awards nominee Cecile Doo-Kingue

Texas bluesman (and Freddy King’s brother) Benny Turner

A return to his roots from North Mississippi All Star Luther Dickinson

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1.       Tinariwen - Live in Paris (ANTI-)

2.       Tiken Jah Fakoly - Racines (Barclay)

3.       Black Masala - I Love You Madly (Black Masala Music)

4.       L'Attirail - La route interieure (Les Chantiers Sonores)

5.       Various - Senegal 70 (Analog Africa)

6.       Seffarine - De Fez a Jerez (Seffarine Music)

7.       SoulJazz Orchestra - Resistance (Strut)

8.       Lura - Herencia (LusAfrica)

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  1.          John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

2.          Michael Kocour – Spiffy (Michael Kocour)

3.          Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek, Gary Burton – Hommage a Eberhard Weber (ECM)

4.          Stanley Clarke/Bireli Lagrene/Jean-Luc Ponty - D-Stringz (Impulse)

5.          Mike LeDonne - Awwl-RIGHT! (Savant)

6.          Christian McBride Trio - Live at the Village Vanguard (Mack Avenue)

7.          Andrea Brachfeld – Lotus Blossom (JazzHeads)

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1.                Zora Young/Little Mike & the Tornadoes - Friday Night (El Rob)

2.                Sam Butler – Raise Your Hands (Severn)

3.                Toni Lynn Washington – I Wanna Dance (Regina Royale)

4.                Trudy Lynn - Everything Comes With A Price (Connor Ray Music)

5.                Harmonica Shah - If You Live to Get Old, You Will Understand (Electro-Fi)

6.                The Ragpicker String Band – The Ragpicker String Band (Yellow Dog)

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Monday 2.1.16

Night Train kicks off the February feature – celebrating The Jazz Singers – with music from Dinah Washington, Johnny Hartman, Randy Crawford, Susan Krebs and more. Plus birthday salutes to Joe Sample (of the Crusaders) and saxophonists Joshua Redman and Ari Brown, and new music from the Will Caviness Sextet, Scott Hamilton with the Jeff Hamilton Trio, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Brad Mehldau’s 10 Years Solo Live box set.

Tuesday 2.2.16

Monday, February 1

Global Village kicks off the February feature marking the birthday of Bob Marley and highlighting the new roots reggae revival throughout the entire month. Plus a salute to Bob Marley’s favorite singer, Dennis Brown, on his birthday, new music from Black Masala, Mamadou Kelly, and the Souljazz Orchestra, and some soul jazz from organist Charles Kynard.

Tuesday, February 2

 January 29/31

Crossroads wraps up the January Best of 2015 feature with some show favorites, Blues Music Awards nominees, and also newly announced winners in the Offbeat and Maple Blues awards. Plus birthday salutes to singer Big Time Sarah (who passed away in 2015) and blues harp great Charlie Musselwhite . We also remember Otis Clay who recently passed away and highlight more music from the massive 2015 Otis Redding Soul Manifesto box set.