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.


12:45 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Big Band Throwback Sounds Of The Fat Babies, More 'Beatlejazz'

The Fat Babies featured Wednesday, Feb. 12

Monday 2.10.14

Night Train celebrates birthdays of Italian trumpeter Paolo Fresu, Brazilian composer and pianist Antonio Adolfo, drummer and band leader Chick Webb, bassist Rufus Reid and pianist Sir Roland Hanna. Plus more for the February ‘Beatle Jazz’ feature with jazz covers of Beatles tunes this time from Anthony Wilson, Lynne Arriale, John Scofield and Herbie Hancock – and also new music from Edward Simon, George Cables, Rene Marie, and the Pat Metheny Unity Group.

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1:33 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Night Trains New Month Feature Marks The 50th Anniversary Of The Arrival Of The Beatles In America

February Feature: Beatlejazz - Jazz Covers of Beatle Songs

Monday 2.3.14

Night Train kicks off a new month’s feature marking the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the Beatles in America with great jazz covers of Beatles’ songs. Plus birthday celebrations tonight for saxophonist John Handy, tuba master Bob Stewart, and pianist, composer and Hot Five member Lil Harden Armstrong – and music from Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace, and Jazz Vocal Album Grammy winner, Gregory Porter.

Tuesday 2.4.14

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World Music
1:26 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Global Village Kicks Off February With Birthdays, Tributes And "New Month/New Music"

Music from Bob Dylan on Tuesday at the Global Village

Monday  February 3

Global Village kicks off the February feature of music from acclaimed African singer and activist Angelique Kidjo with music from her new album, Eve, and from her Grammy-winning release, Djin Djin. Plus music from one of two albums to take home the World Music Grammy this year, Savor Flamenco from the Gipsy Kings, and the winner for Regional Roots Music Album, Dockside Sessions from Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience.

Tuesday  February 4

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1:15 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Crossroads Kicks Off "New Month/New Music" With Billy Ranch And Many More

February Feature: Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers

February  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 titles featured this time at the Crossroads are new releases from:

This year’s Blues Grammy winner Charlie Musselwhite

Another talented blues harmonica player, Billy Branch

A previously unreleased set from West Side blues great Magic Sam – Live at the Avant Garde

Plus Tommy Castro, Root Doctor, Damon Fowler and more.  

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9:36 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Night Train's Top 40 Albums of January 2014

1. Hutchinson Andrew Trio - Prairie Modern (Chronograph)

2. Joe Locke - Lay Down My Heart (Motema)

3. Bobby Watson & the 'I Have A Dream' Project - Check Cashing Day (Bobby Watson)

4. Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit (Blue Note)

5. Ahmad Jamal - Saturday Morning (Jazz Village)

6. Jane Ira Bloom - Sixteen Sunsets (Outline)

7. Dr. Lonnie Smith - In the Beginning Vols. 1 & 2 (Pilgrimmage)

8. Anne Drummond - Revolving (Origin)

9. Rene Marie - I Wanna Be Evil (Motema)

10. Christian McBride Trio - Out Here (Mack Avenue)

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9:29 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Global Village's Top 30 Albums of January 2014

1. The Liberators - Power Struggle (Record Kicks)

2. Debademba - Souleymane (World Village)

3. Various - Pippermint Twist (Munster)

4. Dave Sharp's Secret 7 - Worlds (Vortex Jazz)

5. Papa Noel/Viviane A - Color (Buda Musique)

6. William Onyeabor - Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)

7. Black Bazar - Round 2 (LusAfrica)

8. Various - Angola Soundtrack 2 (Analog Africa)

9. Leni Stern - Jelell (Leni Stern)

10. Africando - Viva Africando (Sterns)

11. Various - Brazilian Beats 7 (Mr. Bongo)

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9:20 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Crossroads' Top 40 Albums of January 2014

1. Cyril Neville - Magic Honey (Ruf)

2. Shawn Holt & the Teardrops - Daddy Told Me (Blind Pig)

3. Chris James/Patrick Rynn - Barrelhouse Stomp (Earwig)

4. Diana Braithwaite/Chris Whiteley - Scrap Metal Blues (Electro Fi)

5. David Bromberg - Only Slightly Mad (Appleseed)

6. Bryan Lee - Play One for Me (Severn)

7. Toronzo Cannon - John the Conquer Root (Delmark)

8. Eric Bibb - Jericho Road (Stony Plain)

9. The Sojourners - Sing and Never Get Tired (Little Pig)

10. Lurrie Bell - Blues in My Soul (Delmark)

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2:30 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Global Village's Top 40 Ablums of December 2013

1.       Debademba - Souleymane (World Village)

2.       Africando - Viva Africando (Sterns)

3.       Le Grand Kalle - His Life, His Music (Sterns Music)

4.       The Liberators - Power Struggle (Record Kicks)

5.       William Onyeabor - Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)

6.       Nashaz - Nashaz (Ziryab)

7.       Anoushka Shankar - Traces of You (Deutsche Grammophon)

8.       Various - Brazilian Beats 7 (Mr. Bongo)

9.       Juan Carmona - Alchemya (World Village)

10.   John Scofield - Uberjam Deux (EmArcy)

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11:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Music of 2013

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2013 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train, Crossroads, Soulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2013. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.

Best of 2013 lists:

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11:13 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Night Train's Top 20: Best of 2013

1.       Ahmad Jamal - Saturday Morning (Jazz Village)

2.       Cecile McLorin Salvant - WomanChild (Mack Avenue)

3.       Aaron Diehl - The Bespoke Man's Narrative (Mack Avenue)

4.       Joe Locke - Lay Down My Heart: Blues and Ballads 1 (Motema)

5.       Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette - Somewhere (ECM)

6.       Paolo Fresu Devil Quartet - Desertico (Ota)

7.       Dr. Lonnie Smith Octet - In the Beginning: Volumes 1 & 2 (Pilgrimage)

8.       Christian McBride Trio - Out Here (Mack Avenue)

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