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.

Ways to Connect

Monday 6.18.18

Night Train continues the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature with music from Jamaican-born artists Monty Alexander, Dizzy Reece and Joe Harriott, the Mozayik Haitian jazz group, Dominican pianist Michel Camilo, Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sanchez, and a fascinating new album exploring the connections between Caribbean and Chinese music from Dongfeng Liu.  Plus new tribute albums from Eddie Daniels (for Egberto Gismonti) and Don Braden (Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind & Fire), along with the latest from Kenny Barron, Wali Ali, and the Barrett Martin Group.

Tuesday 6.19.18

Night Train highlights standards tonight – both classic recordings of these songs and new versions of old favorites. Among the artists featured, guitarist Kenny Burrell, Dinah Washington, Etta Jones, Art Blakey, Antonio Adolfo, Houston Person with Ron Carter, Gene Ammons and Jimmy Smith.

Wednesday 6.20.18

Night Train marks the birthday of saxophone, flute and bass clarinet great Eric Dolphy with music he did early in his career with Chico Hamilton, later with Charles Mingus, and also as a leader.  Plus more music for the Caribbean American Heritage Month feature – this time from the Essence All Stars Afro Cubano Chant album, from the Caribbean All Stars, and from Latin jazz great Tito Puente, including a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show. Also two impressive new albums from pianists Bill Anschell and Bill O’Connell.

Thursday 6.21.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the first day of summer with a program devoted to summer songs from Kenny Burrell, Shirley Horn, Pat Metheny, Marian McPartland, Oscar Peterson, the Godfathers of Groove, and more.

Monday, June 18

Global Village continues the June Caribbean Heritage Month feature with a trip to Haiti. We’ll hear music from featured group Tabou Combo, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year; the roots music group Chouk Bwa Libete, featured next week in the next edition of our special series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival; one of the legends of Haitian music, Nemours Jean-Baptiste; and the Creole Choir of Cuba, a vocal group made up of Cubans of Haitian descent.

Tuesday, June 19

Global Village continues the June Caribbean Heritage Month feature with a trip to Jamaica to celebrate the birthday of guitar great Ernest Ranglin. The show features music from his solo projects, as well work he did as lead guitarist and musical director for Jimmy Cliff, and as a guest artist with the Skatalites, Monty Alexander, the Melodians, Millie Small, Jackie Mittoo and more.

Wednesday, June 20

Global Village marks World Refugee Day with music from artists from many different corners of the world who were once refugees. Among the artists featured: the Refugees for Refugees project, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, NEA Heritage Fellow Rahim Alhaj, Western Sahara’s Aziza Brahim, Ugandan artist Samite and more.

Thursday, June 21

Global Village welcomes in the new season with songs of summer from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Desmond Dekker, Ray Barretto, Bill Withers, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Franti & Spearhead and more.

(Strange Currency & Night Train also have summer specials tonight.)

Friday, June 22

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day and Global Village (and four legged friends) howl along to songs from Jesse Winchester, the Roches, Rufus Thomas, Nick Drake, Big Mama Thornton and more. Plus music from African greats Orchestra Baobab and King Sunny Ade, the Balkan-inspired group Tipsy Oxcart, kora player Seckou Keita, and the Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten Cambodian rock soundtrack.

June 22/24

Crossroads continues the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature with more music from the Crescent City, including ‘the Soul Queen of New Orleans’ Irma Thomas, bluesman Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, the Soul Rebels, the Neville Brothers, and in hour two, a special feature Cyril Neville.

Crossroads also continues its month-long tributes to Chicago bluesman Eddy ‘the Chief’ Clearwater, and gospel singer and cofounder of the Blind Boys of Alabama, Clarence Fountain, who both passed away at the beginning of the month.

And there’s new music from Bettye LaVette, Sue Foley, Mike Zito, and Lurrie Bell & the Bell Dynasty.

Monday 6.11.18

Night Train marks birthdays of two great drummers, acclaimed session man Bernard Purdie, and West Coast jazzman Shelly Manne. Plus more Caribbean inspired sounds for the June feature, this time from Eddie Palmieri, Steve Khan, Jowee Omicil, Steven Kroon, and in hour two, a special about pianist and singer Hazel Scott, who was born in Trindidad.

Tuesday 6.12.18

Featured tonight on the Night Train – two pianists with birthdays, Geri Allen and Chick Corea. We’ll hear Allen with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, and Corea with early and later Return to Forever lineups, in covers of his songs from Duende Libre, and from Michel Camilo with Tomatito, and in a special in hour two focusing on his early career. Plus new music from the Steve Gadd Band, and from Kurt Elling.

Wednesday 6.13.18

Night Train highlights singers tonight – both legendary and rising stars. Among the artists featured are Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, Tierney Sutton, Andy Bey, Cassandra Wilson, and Nnenna Freelon. Plus music from pianist Joey Calderazzo, organist Brian Charette, and trombonist John Fedchock, along Ahmad Jamal in an unusual setting with a 15-piece string orchestra on his 1959 release, At the Penthouse, and a classic from Stan Getz with Dizzy Gillespie.

Thursday 6.14.18

Night Train marks birthdays of bassist Marcus Miller and pianist Darius Brubeck (one of Dave Brubeck’s sons). We’ll also hear new music from the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (with Chris and Dan Brubeck), Mike Clark & Delbert Bump, Diana Krall, and Jay Rodriguez. And in hour two, in tribute to club owner and NEA Jazz Master Lorraine Gordon who passed away last week, a Jazz Profiles special about the legendary jazz club, the Village Vanguard, that she ran for so many years.

June 15/17

Crossroads continues the June feature celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month with music from New Orleans, and remembering Chicago blues legend Eddy Clearwater and gospel great Clarence Fountain of the Blind Boys of Alabama.

There’s also music from soul singer and session player Eddie Hinton for his birthday, blues concert previews, and new music from the Delmark 65th anniversary Tribute album, Canadian blueswoman Suzie Vinnick, the Lucky Losers, and the Jambalaya Brass Band – and a special about Crescent City brass bands, including the Rebirth Brass Band, in hour two in conjunction with the June feature.

Monday, June 11

In conjunction with the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, Global Village visits some of the islands of the Caribbean whose music is not as well known. We’ll hear artists from Dominica, St. Vincent, Curacao, the Bahamas, Montserrat, St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Island, St. Lucia and more. Among the artists featured are Exuma, Blinky & the Roadmasters, Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Knights, Arrow, and even a Caribbean flavored number from Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe.

Tuesday, June 12

Global Village celebrates Chick Corea’s birthday with music he did with Bela Fleck and from his classic My Spanish Heart album. We’ll also hear one of his compositions performed by Dominican pianist Michel Camilo and Spanish guitarist Tomatito. Plus new music from the NEA Heritage Fellow Rahim Alhaj, Cape Verdean singer Nancy Vieira, Malian artist (and former Ali Farka Toure bandmember) Samba Toure, the Kora Jazz Trio, and Finland’s Tunto.

Wednesday, June 13

It’s the birthday of guitarist and songwriter Jorge Santana (Carlos’ brother) and Global Village highlights music he did with Malo, the group he fronted, and as a special guest with the Fania All Stars. Plus more music for the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature from Cuba’s Orquesta Akokan, and Haiti’s Boukman Eksperyans. We’re also featuring Tabou Combo, the acclaimed Haitian compas band that has made the U.S. home since the early ‘70s and this year is celebrating a 50th anniversary.

Thursday, June 14

Global Village remembers one of the great voices of African music, Papa Wemba, on his birthday. The show features music from Zaiko Langa Langa, a popular group he cofounded and where he first rose to stardom; his acclaimed Viva La Musica lineup; in appearances as a special guest with Manu Dibango and the Big Blue Ball project from RealWorld; and in covers of his songs from Africando and Juan Luis Guerra.

Friday, June 15

Global Village features some world jazz sounds this time – including the jazz-inspired styles of Afrobeat (from Italy’s Mamud Band), pioneering world chamber jazz ensemble Oregon, a Middle Eastern jazz project from guitar and oud player Amos Hoffman, and Flamenco Nuevo (from the Jazzpaña featuring Vince Mendoza, Steve Khan, the WDR Big Band and more).  And as Global Village continues the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature there’s Haitian Mini Jazz (from the Mini All Stars), contemporary Cuban jazz from Roberto Fonseca, and the Jazz Jamaica lineup. 

Monday 6.4.18

Night Train marks the birthdays of composer, arranger and instrumentalist Oliver Nelson, and also of saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera. D’Rivera also helps to kick off the June feature, celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month with music from Caribbean and Caribbean American artists and inspired by the many popular styles to come from the Caribbean. We’ll hear D’Rivera from some of his own albums, and also as a special guest with the Caribbean Jazz Project, Andy Narell, and Yotam. Plus new music from Van Morrison with Joey DeFrancesco, Edward Simon, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, and the Jambalaya Brass Band.

Tuesday 6.5.18

Night Train marks birthdays of Latin jazz percussionist and trumpeter Jerry Gonzalez with music he did with the Fort Apache Band, and of drummer Peter Erskine, with music from his new album with the Dr. Um Band and with Weather Report, Jaco Pastorius, and John Abercrombie. The June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature continues with the new China Caribe album from Dongfeng Liu, the Caribbean Jazz Project, steel drum player Andy Narell, Duende Libre and Omar Sosa.

Wednesday 6.6.18

Night Train marks birthdays of Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander (continuing the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature) with some of his reggae-inflected pieces in hour one and a special featuring him in performance at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show. It’s also the birthday of guitarist Grant Green, and there’s new music from the ‘Standards Trio’ of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette,  the Mark Wade Trio, and the Lewis Porter trio.

Thursday 6.7.18

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarists Royce Campbell and Tal Farlow. We also continue the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature with music from Jamaican hard bop trumpeter Dizzy Reece and Trinidadian steel drum player Othello Molineaux. And there’s new music from the Brad Mehldau Trio, Allan Harris with a tribute to vocalese great Eddie Jefferson, Latin jazz pianist Bill O’Connell, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, and Emmet Cohen’s Masters Legacy Series with legendary bassist Ron Carter.

June 8/10

Lots happening this time at the Crossroads:

We remember Chicago blues veteran and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater who passed away on June 1st.

The June feature for Caribbean American Heritage Month highlights music from the place that has been called the ‘northern-most city in the Caribbean,’ New Orleans – including a special in hour two with the late, great Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers.

Crossroads also marks birthdays of Boz Scaggs, Howlin’ Wolf, and Derek Trucks – showcases new blues releases – and previews some upcoming local and regional blues concerts for the coming week.

Monday, June 4

Get out the popcorn as Global Village kicks off the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature with ska and reggae at the movies. We’ll highlight movie and TV show themes done ska style along with music from reggae movies, including the classic The Harder They Come, Rockers and Countryman. Among the artists featured are the Skatalites, Jimmy Cliff, Sly & Robbie, Bob Marley & the Wailers, and Madness.

Tuesday, June 5

Since 1972, the United Nations has declared June 5th to be World Environment Day to support environmental efforts around the globe. Global Village marks the occasion with a wide array of songs about the environment from such artists as Jimmy Cliff, 9Bach, Adrian Belew, Randy Newman, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Bruce Cockburn and more.

Wednesday, June 6

Global Village marks birthdays of Jamaican born pianist Monty Alexander and guitarist Grant Green. We also pay tribute to Kasse Mady Diabate, one of the great singers of Mali who passed away recently, with music he did under his own name and from the classic Kulanjan album with Taj Mahal and Toumani Diabate. Plus new music from Tuareg/desert blues guitarist Bombino, and from the latest Playing for Change release.

Thursday, June 7

As part of the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, Global Village highlights steel drum music. We'll hear some of the legendary steel orchestras of Trinidad from the great Caribbean Carnival Series, Monty Alexander's Ivory & Steel group with pan player Othello Molineaux, steel drum player Andy Narell with calypsonian Relator, and more.

Friday, June 8

It’s World Oceans Day – an effort started by the Oceans Project in 2002 and recognized as an annual event by the United Nations since 2008 – to draw attention to the importance of healthy, sustainable oceans. Global Village marks the occasion with songs about the seas from Frankie Ford, the Marvelettes, Quartet San Francisco, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Abercrombie with Ralph Towner, Elvis Costello, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Vishten, Lucky Oceans and more.

Album Cover Art

  1. Hugh Masekela – ‘66-’76 (Wrasse)
  2. Ebo Taylor – Yen Ara (Mr. Bongo)
  3. Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cosmico (Glitterbeat)
  4. Kiala & the Afroblaster – Money (Turnagain Music)
  5. Leni Stern – 3 (LSR)
  6. Shina Williams & His African Percussionists – African Dances (Mr. Bongo)
  7. Malagasy Guitar Masters – Volo Hazo (Buda Musique)
  8. Catrin Finch/Seckou Keita – Soar (ARC Music)
  9. Femi Kuti – One People, One World (Knitting Factory)
  10. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times (Strut)