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. 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 Chicago’s NPR affiliate. It was here where she hosted a jazz show and a world music show (the latter being one of the longest running world music shows in public radio). She has also served as a Music Director and produced and anchored national broadcasts of the city’s jazz, blues, and Latin music festivals, as well as a long-running series done in partnership with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater.

 

At KMUW, Chris produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally and internationally distributed world music show heard in more than 40 states and nearly 40 countries; the nightly jazz show Night Train, and Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show. In 2020, Chris received first place in Special Program from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, as well as first place in DJ Personality Air Check for Night Train.

Chris received a Master of Arts in communication from Wichita State University. Chris is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune (where she had a weekly column), Utne, Global Rhythm, Dirty Linen, and Option, among others. She serves as a participating critic in several Best of the Year polls, including DownBeat, NPR Jazz, Transglobal World Music Chart and fRoots.
 

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Crossroads Best of 2012

Dec 12, 2012

  1. Heritage Blues Orchestra - And Still I Rise (Raisin' Music)
  2. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
  3. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
  4. Eddie C.

Night Train Best of 2012

Dec 12, 2012

  1. Steve Kuhn/Steve Swallow/Joey Barron - Wisteria (ECM)
  2. Ali Jackson/Aaron Goldberg/Omer Avital - Yes!

1. Various - Diablos del Ritmo (Analog Africa)
2. Terakaft - Kel Tamasheq (World Village)
3. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
4. Carlos Nunez - Discover (Sony Music)
5. Stefano Saletti & Piccola Banda Ikona - Folkpolitik (Finis Terre)
6. Tito Puente - Quatro (Sony Music/Latin)
7. Various - Cumbia Beat Vol. 2 (Vampi Soul)
8. Mary Jane Lamond/Wendy MacIsaac - Seinn (Turtlemusik)
9. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop)
10. Bester Quartet - Metamorphoses (Tzadik)

1. David Maxwell - Blues in Other Colors (Blue Duchess)
2. Hans Theessink/Terry Evans - Delta Time (Blue Groove)
3. Van Morrison - Born to Sing: No Plan B (Exile/Blue Note)
4. Lee Boys - Testify (Evil Teen)
5. Alvin Lee - Still on the Road to Freedom (Rainman)
6. Chris O'Leary Band - Waiting for the Phone to Ring (Vizztone)
7. Various - ...First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain)
8. The Blues Broads - The Blues Broads (Delta Groove)
9. Mississippi Heat - Delta Bound (Delmark)

1. George Cables - My Muse (High Note)
2. Luciana Souza - The Book of Chet (Sunnyside)
3. Brad Mehldau Trio - Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)
4. Brent Jensen/Bill Anschell/Chris Symer - Blueprints (Origin)
5. Anat Cohen - Claroscuro (Anzic)
6. Cheryl Bentyne - Let's Misbehave (Summit)
7. Kurt Elling - 1619 Broadway (Concord)
8. Kevin Coelho - Funkengruven (Chicken Coup)
9. Clayton Brothers - The Gathering (Artist Share)
10. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias - Swept Away ECMO
11. Bruce Barth - Three Things of Beauty (Savant)

1. Brent Jensen/Bill Anschell/Chris Symer - Blueprints (Origin)
2. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias - Swept Away ECMO
3. Bruce Barth - Three Things of Beauty (Savant)
4. Pat Metheny - Unity Band (Nonesuch)
5. Joey DeFrancesco - Wonderful! Wonderful! (High Note)
6. Fred Hersch Trio - Alive at the Vanguard (Palmetto)
7. Graham Dechter - Takin' It There (Capri)
8. Lewis Nash Quintet - The Highest Mountain (Cellar Live)
9. Nobuki Takamen - Three Wishes (Summit)
10. Towner Galaher - Uptown! (Rhythm Royale)

1. Various - Cumbia Beat Vol. 2 (Vampi Soul)
2. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
3. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop)
4. Souljazz Orchestra - Solidarity (Strut)
5. Antibalas - Antibalas (Daptone)
6. Quadro Nuevo - Grand Voyage (Justin Time)
7. Various - Songs for Desert Refugees (Glitterhouse)
8. Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane - Thiossane (Sterns Music)
9. Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth (Sunpower)
10. Fatou Diawara - Fatou (Nonesuch)
11. Los Straitjackets - Jet Set (Yep Rock)

1. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
2. Hans Thessink/Terry Evans - Delta Time (Blue Groove)
3. Alvin Lee - Still on the Road to Freedom (Rainman)
4. Various - ...First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain)
5. Marion James - Northside Soul (Ellersoul)
6. Maceo Parker - Soul Classics (Razor & Tie)
7. Raphael Wressnig/ALex Schultz - Soul Gift (ZYW)
8. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
9. Rockin' Johnny Band - Grim Reaper (Delmark)
10. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
11. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)

Throughout November Global Village highlights the music of Celtic Spain. Tucked into the northwest corner of the country, is the Celtic center of Galicia. It is a hilly and lush region of "a thousand rivers" and a beautiful coast with a corridor to the rest of Spain on one side, and Portugal, the Atlantic, and the Bay of Biscay on the other three. This beautiful and distinctive region has been shaped by a unique Celtic heritage, along with ties to the rest of Spain and, through a long history of seafaring and emigration, to many other parts of the world as well.

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of the key blues groups of the '60s and important players in the blues revival of the era. Inspired by the classic blues of their home base of Chicago, the band would add rock and other elements to create its own dynamic and influential sound.

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