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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Music
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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Music
11:12 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Crossroads' Top 20: Best of 2013

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

2.       Cash Box Kings - Black Toppin' (Blind Pig)

3.       Eric Bibb - Jericho Road (Stony Plain)

4.       Hadden Sayers - Rolling Soul (Blue Corn)

5.       Robben Ford - Bringing It Back Home (Provogue)

6.       Southern Hospitality - Easy Livin' (Blind Pig)

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

8.       Dayna Kurtz - Secret Canon Vol. 2 (MC Records)

9.       Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band - Soul for Your Blues (Blue Dot)

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Music
11:08 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Books in Music of 2013 - Chris's Picks

If Dante were alive today, surely he would reserve some small place in one of his (deeper) circles of hell for people who write books about music, which are generally rife with flat writing, cardboard or criminal characters, and nary a meaty thought to chew on. Thankfully, as always, a few buck the trend.

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Music
11:05 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Global Village's Top 20: Best of 2013

1.       Mulatu Astatke - Sketches of Ethiopia (Jazz Village)

2.       Tamikrest - Chatma (Glitterbeat)

3.       Various - Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight to Ghana (Analog Africa)

4.       Various - Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings from the 1970s & '80s (Soundway)

5.       Monoswezi - The Village (Riverboat)

6.       Debashish Bhattacharya and Friends - Beyond the Ragasphere (Riverboat)

7.       Garifuna Collective - Ayo (Cumbancha)/Danny Michel & the Garifuna Collective - Blackbirds Are Dancing Over Me (Cumbancha)

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Music
2:55 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Crossroads' Top 40 Albums of December 2013

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

2. Shaun Murphy - Cry of Love (Shaun Murphy)

3. The Rides - Can't Get Enough (429 Records)

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

5. Eric Bibb - Jericho Road (Stony Plain)

6. Trudy Lynn - Royal Oaks Blues Cafe (Connor Ray Music)

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

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

9. Sugaray Rayford - Dangerous (Delta Groove)

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Music
1:45 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Night Train's Top 40 Albums of December 2013

1.    John Abercrombie - 39 Steps (ECM)

2.    Houston Person - Nice 'n' Easy (High Note)

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

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

5.    Ahmad Jamal - Saturday Morning (Jazz Village)

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

7.    Kenny Garrett - Pushing the World Away (Mack Avenue)

8.    Warren Wolf - Wolf Gang (Mack Avenue)

9.    Carol Morgan - Retroactive (Blue Bamboo Music)

10.Anne Drummond - Revolving (Origin)

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Music
12:30 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Top 40 Albums November 2013

1.       Various - Afrobeat Airways 2 (Analog Africa)

2.       Linda Thompson - Won't Be Long Now (Pettifer Sounds)

3.       Black Bazar - Round 2 (LusAfrica)

4.       Abelardo Carbono - El Marvilloso Mundo de Abelardo Carbono (Vampi Soul)

5.       Bombay Dub Orchestra - Tales from the Grand Bazaar (Six Degrees)

6.       Blue Riddim Band - Enter the Riddim (Rougher Records)

7.       Paul Simon - Over the Bridge of Time (Sony/Legacy)

8.       Tamikrest - Chaman (Glitterbeat)

9.       Nashaz - Nashaz (Ziryab)

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Music
12:28 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Top 40 Albums November 2013

1.    Tierney Sutton - After Blue (BFM Jazz)

2.    Paul Carlon - La Rumba Is a Lovesome Thing (Zoho)

3.    Kenny Garrett - Pushing the World Away (Mack Avenue)

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

5.    Steve Turre - The Bones of Art (High Note)

6.    Ahmad Jamal - Saturday Morning (Jazz Village)

7.    Hutchinson Andrew Trio - Prairie Modern (Chronograph)

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

9.    Joe Fiedler's Big Sackbut - Sackbut Stomp (Multiphonic Music)

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Music
12:25 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Top 40 Albums November 2013

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

2.       Freddy King - The King Years 1961-1962 (Not Now)

3.       Sean Chambers - The Rock House Sessions (Blue Heat)

4.       Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (RCA/Silvertone)

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

6.       David Bromberg - Only Slightly Mad (Appleseed)

7.       Eric Bibb - Jericho Road (Stony Plain)

8.       Frank Bey & Anthony Paule Band - Soul for Your Blues (Blue Dot)

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Jazz
9:26 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Top 40 Albums October 2013

1.    Steve Turre - The Bones of Art (High Note)

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

3.    Trilok Gurtu - Spellbound (Sunnyside)

4.    Etienne Charles - Creole Soul (Etienne Charles/Culture Shock Music)

5.    Ahmad Jamal - Saturday Morning (Jazz Village)

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