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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More Best Of 2015

Jan 4, 2016

January 8/10

Crossroads features the Best of 2015 throughout January. Highlights this time include show favorites Debbie Davies, the Ragpicker String Band, Albert Cummings, and Brad Absher & Swamp Royale.

Also featured this time:  a nominee in both the Canadian Folk and Maple Blues Awards – Michael Jerome Browne; Grammy nominee for Best Blues Album -- Betty LaVette; and Blues Music Award nominees James Harman, Tad Robinson, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Patrick Rynn, and Tinsley Ellis.

Monday 1.4.16

Night Train kicks off the January feature – highlighting the Best of 2015 – with music from flutist Andrea Brachfeld, Stanley Clark/Bireli Lagrene/Jean Luc Ponty, and from the Christian McBride Trio (a Night Train favorite and also a winner in the NPR Jazz Critics Poll, in which Night Train also participated – see the Best of the Year lists on our website for all the show favorites and a link to NPR Jazz Critics Poll).

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1.          John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

2.          Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - Live in Cuba (Blue Engine)

3.          Band of Bones - Stomp! (Dave Chamberlain)

4.          Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields (Artist Share)

5.          Dee Dee Bridgewater - Dee Dee's Feather (OKeh)

6.          Oran Etkin - What's New (Motema)

7.          Andrea Brachfeld – Lotus Blossom (JazzHeads)

8.          Fred Hersch – Solo (Palmetto)

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1.       Otis Redding -  Soul Manifesto (Rhino/Atlantic)

2.       Jimmy Burns - It Ain’t Right (Delmark)

3.       Shemekia Copeland - Outskirts of Town (Alligator)

4.       Tommy Castro & the Painkillers - Method to My Madness (Alligator)

5.       John Primer - Muddy Waters 100 (Raisin' Music)

6.       The Reverend Shawn Amos - Loves You (Put Together)

7.       Sam Butler - Raise Your Hands (Severn)

8.       Eddie Cotton - One At A Time (DeChamp)

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  1.       Various - Senegal 70 (Analog Africa)

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

3.       Gregorio Uribe Big Band - Cumbia Universal (Zoho)

4.       Polkaholix - Sex & Drugs & Sauerkraut (Monopol)

5.       Bixiga 70 - III (Glitterbeat)

6.       Tiken Jah Fakoly - Racines (Barclay)

7.       Dieuf-Dieul de Thies - Awsa Yone Vol. 2 (Teranga Beat)

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

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Monday, January 4

Global Village kicks off a month-long feature of the Best Of 2015 including show favorites and other award-winners, nominees and significant world music releases from the past year. Show favorites this time include the recent album from Efran Lopez and Black Masala  - along with music from Anoushka Shankar’s Grammy-nominated world music album, Home. Plus birthday salutes to singer Clive Gregson and guitarist John McLaughlin.

Tuesday, January 5

Monday 12.28.15

Night Train celebrates a long list of birthdays tonight – including guitarist Joe Cohn, drummer Ed Thigpen, keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith, saxophonist Ted Nash, and pianists Michel Petrucciani and Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines. Plus new music from WSU Jazz Guitar professor William Flynn, flutist Andrea Brachfeld, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band and more.

Tuesday 12.29.15

Monday, December 29

Global Village marks birthdays of two great American roots artists and members of inspired family groups - Pops Staples of the Staple Singers and Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers. Plus new music from St. Germain, Vieux Farka Toure with Julia Easterlin, Richard Thompson, and some rare music from Zambia from Brian Chilala.

Tuesday, December 29

January 1/3

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2015 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.