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

August 28/30

Crossroads wraps up the August centennial birthday celebration for Wynonie Harris with music from two new import compilations and a rarity that featured Sun Ra with him on piano.

Plus a sneak preview of Shemekia Copeland’s new album, along with new music from Muddy Waters 100, the Cash Box Kings, retro soul phenom Leon Bridges, Arlen Roth (with Johnny Winter’s last recorded session),  Sonny Landreth, and the Texas Horns – and classics from Little Walter, Ten Years After, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Rolling Stones, and Al Green.

Monday 8.24.15

Night Train highlights several major new jazz vocal albums tonight – from Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Carter Calvert and Giacomo Gates. Plus more jazz flutes – this time from key jazz flute players Charles Lloyd, Frank Wess, Hubert Laws, and Yusef Lateef - and birthday salutes to Wynonnie Harris (his 100th birthday today –also featured throughout August on Crossroads), guitarist Mimi Fox, and saxophonist Ron Holloway.

Tuesday 8.25.15

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Monday, August 24

Global Village explores South American jazz – including new music from the Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet, Colombian percussionist Samuel Torre, and Forro in the Dark’s new project combining Brazilian influences with the music of John Zorn. Also Brazil’s Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Jovino Santos Neto, Diego Urcola and Dino Saluzzi from Argentina, and some “false Bahians” who play jazz-choro called Grupo Falso Baiano.

Tuesday, August 25

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August 21/23

This week at the Crossroads, there’s more music from August featured artist Wynonie Harris for his centennial birthday – including a new import compilation featuring hits and previously unreleased tracks from his era with King Records.

Plus music from artists with concerts in the coming week; classics from Al Green, Pinetop Perkins, Paul Butterfield and Freddy King; and new music from Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy, Ronnie Earl, Sonny Landreth and more.

Monday, August 17

New music from Robert Glasper, jazz flute from Rahsaan Roland Kirk (for this month's feature), a birthday celebration for bassist George Duvivier, and a Jazz Profiles special in the second half of the show on the great pianist Bill Evans, whose birthday was yesterday.

Tuesday, August 18

New music from Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas, as well as Charlie Haden & Gonzalo Rubalcaba, plus Eric Dolphy, Thelonious Monk, and Charlie Parker.

Wednesday, August 19

Monday, August 17

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Galician piper Cristina Pato, Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, Polish singer Grazyna Auguscik, and saxophonist Ike Quebec. Plus more music from early music master Jordi Savall (this time from his Orient-Occident project) and new music from Colombian harpist Edmar Castanada and Paquito D’Rivera with Quinteto Cimarron.

Tuesday, August 18

August 14/16

Crossroads marks the birthday of Son Seals, one of the key figures to emerge from the ‘70s blues scene in Chicago who was known for his rough edged and powerful style.

Plus music from August featured artist, the R&B shouter Wynonie Harris – including one of his earliest hits, a classic, and a blues battle with Big Joe Turner.

Also music from artists with regional concerts in the coming week and new music from Robin Trower, Galactic, Gregg Allman, Scott Ellison, and Debbie Davies.

Monday 8.10.15

More jazz flute for the Night Train August feature – this time from Herbie Mann, Frank Wess, Hubert Laws, and a man regarded as the first true jazz flutist – Wayman Carver. Plus birthday celebrations for rising star singers Roberta Donnay and Cyrille Aimee, and soulful Texas tenor Arnett Cobb; and new music from the Steve Gadd Band, bassists Mark Egan and Katie Thiroux, organist Jared Gold, and trumpeter Terell Stafford.

Tuesday 8.11.15

Monday, August 10

It’s international reggae this time in the Global Village – with reggae sounds from Nigeria, Ghana, Poland, Russia, and other far flung places where Jamaican music has been an inspiration. Among the artists and bands featured: Ersatz Musika, Rocky Dawuni, Rebel Tumbao, Jahcoustix, Hollie Cook and Nina Simone.

Tuesday, August 11

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August 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 blues releases.

Featured this time at the Crossroads are:

The third album from rising blues star Samantha Fish

Another ‘Girls with Guitars’ set

A two-disc set of live favorites from Gregg Allman

  A Muddy Waters centennial celebration from John Primer and friends

Albert Cummings’ return to Blind Pig Records