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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Monday, March 27

Global Village devotes the show to Latin releases – including Afro- Cuban, contemporary Latin rock, Latin jazz and Afro-Latin music. Artists featured include legendary pianist Chucho Valdes with his tribute to Irakere, the pioneering Cuban band he co-founded;  U.S. based cumbia, boogaloo, and Latin rock bands Xixa, Grupo Fantasma, and Spanglish Fly; acclaimed Spanish singer Buika; bassist and jazz educator Carlos Henriquez; and Amadou Balake and Orchestra Baobab –  African performers who incorporated Cuban influences into their work.

March 31/April 2

Crossroads features music from James Cotton as a leader and early in his career as a member of Muddy Water’s band. Cotton passed away earlier this month.

Also this time, it’s a birthday salute to Oklahoma-born, West Coast-based blues great Lowell Fulson, who wrote several classic blues songs and was an inspiration to B.B. King and Ray Charles, among others.

Plus a final fling with March featured artists Aretha Franklin and Rufus Thomas, and new music from Samantha Fish, Elvin Bishop and Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials.

Monday 3.20.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the first day of Spring, with new and classic spring songs from Jazz Fest headliner Pat Metheny with Jim Hall, Larry Coryell with Philip Catherine, Billie Holiday, Bennie Golson, Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Clifford Brown and more. And a birthday salute to pianist, singer and painter Meredith D’Ambrosio, who nearly always includes a song about spring on her albums.

Tuesday 3.21.17

Monday, March 20

Spring is here! And Global Village welcomes in the new season with a wide array of artists, styles and songs celebrating the ups (and downs) of spring. Among the artists featured: Erin McKeown, Dori Caymmi, the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, Mariza and Hugh Masekela.

Tuesday, March 21

March 24/26

Crossroads continues with more music from March featured artists Aretha Franklin and Rufus Thomas. Franklin’s 75th birthday is March 25 and Rufus Thomas’s centennial birthday is March 26th. This time some classic tracks from Aretha, along with the first recording Thomas did for the Stax label, an early hit with his daughter Carla Thomas. Thomas was a big part of the Stax story and in hour two of the show, we present a House of Blues special about Stax with guest Al Bell, a later co-owner and executive with the label.

KMUW Music is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency, and Crossroads on Friday, March 17 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village will be celebrating with a wide array of Irish sounds, from traditional to contemporary, along with classic recordings and more recent releases. Among the artists featured: Van Morrison, Lunasa, Kila, the Chieftains, Afro Celt Sound System and Altan.

Monday 3.13.17

Night Train marks birthdays of legendary drummer Roy Haynes and trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Blue Mitchell. Plus more music from Wichita Jazz Festival artists for the March feature – including Pat Metheny (guesting with Roy Haynes and Joshua Redman) and also from Sun Ra, the subject of an author event and film at this year’s Fest. Night Train highlights music from a newly released live set from Sun Ra & the Arkestra in hour one, and a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show.

Monday, March 13

Global Village highlights world saxophones, including music from Tommy McCook, one of the founding members of Jamaica’s pioneering ska band, the Skatalites; Canadian saxophonist Jane Bunnett with the Cuban group, Maqueque; Norwegian world-jazz saxophonist Karl Seglem; flamenco sax from Jorge Pardo; and Senegalese saxophonist Dexter Johnson.

Tuesday, March 14

March 17/19

Crossroads continues with more music from March featured artists Aretha Franklin and Rufus Thomas, including classic tracks Thomas did for both Sun and Stax Records, and a cover of a Nat King Cole hit done by Aretha Franklin.

Monday 3.6.17

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of guitar great Wes Montgomery, Brazilian singer Flora Purim, and and ‘The King of Western Swing’ Bob Wills (including a special about Wills in hour two of the show). Plus a previously unreleased live set from guitarist Dennis Coffey, one of the Motown ‘Funk Brothers,’ and new albums from guitarist Steve Khan and trombonist Nick Finzer – and we continue the March Jazz Fest feature with music from drummer Matt Wilson.

Tuesday 3.7.17

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