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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  1. Williams, Wayne & Isaak – Big City, Back Country Blues (Brandon Isaak)
  1. Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (Rounder)
  1. Johnny Rawls – Waiting for the Train (Cat Food)
  1. Sherman Holmes Project – The Richmond Sessions (M.C.)
  1. Jimmy Reed – Mr.


KMUW Music is celebrating National Coffee Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Crossroads on Friday, September 29 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village is brewing up an entire show devoted to great java songs from the likes of Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, the Ink Spots, Herbie Mann, Robert Plant, Bob Dorough and more.

The special continues on Strange Currency with selections from Prince, Squeeze, Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg and John Hiatt, among others.

Monday 9.25.17

Great guitars and tribute albums are featured tonight on the Night Train, including music from Pat Metheny, John Scofield’s collaboration with saxophonist Eddie Harris, guitar legend Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton with Wynton Marsalis, and the Deep Blue Organ Trio with guitarist Bobby Broom. Plus Swingadelic’s salute to Duke Pearson, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s tribute to Billie Holiday, Bill Frisell’s collection of songs from John Lennon, Alan Pasqua doing music of Bill Evans, and Conrad Herwig showcasing the “Latin Side of Herbie Hancock.”

Tuesday 9.26.17

Night Train heads to the West Coast for some classic and contemporary sounds from that part of the country. Among the artists featured – Charles Brown, Art Pepper, the L.A. Treasure Project, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton and Chet Baker.

Wednesday 9.27.17

Night Train highlights jazz legends and classic recordings tonight – including music from Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, John Coltrane (with Thelonious Monk and from A Love Supreme), tenor sax legend Coleman Hawkins, Erroll Garner’s classic Concert by the Sea album, legendary bassist Ron Carter, and the Montgomery Brothers (Wes, Buddy, and Monk).

Thursday 9.28.17

Night Train wraps up the September Classical Music Month/Jazz Meets Classical feature with a program featuring jazz reinterpretations of classical compositions. We’ll highlight works from Bach, Borodin, Mussagorsky, Ravel and more, reimagined by Jacques Loussier, Dave Brubeck, Eddie Daniels, Jim Hall, Tessa Souter and more.

Monday, September 25

Global Village continues the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature with a program devoted to Latin Jazz. We’ll highlight Afro-Cuban sounds from the pioneering work of Machito to new albums from Hilario Duran and Nestor Torres, new flamenco from the Guitar Trio of Paco de Lucia, Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin, Brazilian jazz from Eliane Elias and more.

Tuesday, September 26

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, and singers Dolores Keane, Gal Costa, and Julie London. Plus more in the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature, including music from Chicha Libre and Lila Downs.

Wednesday, September 27

Global Village marks the birthday of Robbie Shakespeare, bassist and half of the legendary reggae ‘Riddim Twins’ with Sly Dunbar. Featured are a number of Sly & Robbie releases along with classic artists and tracks with the two. Global Village also highlights some recent and new reggae releases and compilations, including music from the Black Seeds, Ozomatli, the Skatalites, Christos DC, New Kingston, and the 40th anniversary edition of Bob Marley’s Exodus album.

Thursday, September 28

Global Village marks birthdays of Brazilian soul pioneer Tim Maia and C.J. Chenier, the son of zydeco great Clifton Chenier. Plus more music for the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature – this time from Miami bands Palo! and Spam All Stars, Mandrill, and the new Santana album with the Isley Brothers.

Friday, September 29

It’s Coffee Day and Global Village is brewing up an entire show devoted to great java songs from the likes of Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, the Ink Spots, Herbie Mann, Robert Plant, Bob Dorough and more.

(Strange Currency and Crossroads will also be brewing up Coffee Day programs tonight.)

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Sep 25, 2017

September 29/October 1

Crossroads wraps up the September Blues Piano feature for Piano Month with a show devoted to boogie woogie piano. We’ll hear from such great players as Albert Ammons, Camille Howard, Pinetop Perkins, Roosevelt Sykes and Erwin Helfer in a tribute to Pete Johnson.

Crosssroads also joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Coffee Day, spotlights artists with local and regional concerts, and highlights the latest from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Williams Wayne & Isaak, and  the Lost in Paris Blues Band.

KMUW Music is celebrating the first day of autumn with three hours of music! Tune in to Global Village and Strange Currency on Friday, September 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Global Village welcomes in the first day of Fall with songs of the season from a wide array of artists and styles of music, including Astor Piazzolla, Bob Dorough, Ralph Towner (with and without Oregon), Ahmad Jamal, and more.

Monday 9.18.17

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Emily Remler and trombonist John Fedchock; continues with the September Jazz Meets Classical feature for Classical Music Month with music from Hank Jones, Joe Zawinul and a special with Third Stream pioneer Gunther Schuller; and highlights new music from Ahmad Jamal, the Christian McBride Big Band, Louis Hayes and George Freeman.

Tuesday 9.19.17

Night Train continues its September salute to Classical Music Month with some suites – from Duke Ellington, Charlie Byrd, Wynton Marsalis and Claude Bolling. Plus new music from guitarists Russell Malone and Amanda Monaco, flutist Gerald Beckett,  saxophonist Jeff Coffin (from the Dave Matthews Band) and trumpeter Farnell  Newton.

Wednesday 9.20.17

Lots of clarinets tonight on the Night Train, with music from bebop clarinet pioneer Buddy DeFranco,  trad player Dr. Michael White, and such contemporary artists as Anat Cohn, Ken Peplowski and David Murray. Night Train also continues the Jazz Meets Classical/Classical Music Month feature with music from Paquito D’Rivera’s Jazz Meets the Classics album, and the Ted Rosenthal Trio’s remarkable reinvention of “Rhapsody in Blue.”

Thursday 9.21.17

Night Train marks several birthdays tonight – including acclaimed Wichita jazz fusion guitar pioneer Jerry Hahn, chamber jazz pioneer Chico Hamilton, Crescent City pianist Henry Butler, and bassist Slam Stewart. Plus we continue our Classical Meets Jazz feature and mark Leonard Cohen’s birthday with Rene Marie’s show-stopping medley of Suzanne/Bolero, and highlight new music from Akiko Tsuruga and the Pete Malinverni Trio.

Monday, September 18

Lots of music from Brazil this time in the Global Village. We mark the birthday of Brazilian born, US based pianist and composer Jovino Santos Neto with music from his own releases and also as a guest with mandolinist Mike Marshall and singer Sandy Cressman. Plus new Brazilian sounds from Ensemble Novo, Paul McCandless making a guest appearance with Brazilian singer Renato Braz on a forthcoming compilation, and a Brazilian flavored piece off the new album from Ladama.

Tuesday, September 19

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day! In honor of the occasion, Global Village has a special show filled with songs about pirates from the likes of Roger McGuinn, Marianne Faithfull, Al Stewart, the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie, and, of course, some music from the Pirates of Penzance.

Wednesday, September 20

For the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature, Global Village devotes the entire show to the brief and wonderful world of Latin soul boogaloo. We’ll hear classics and rarities from the era from Joe Cuba, Joe Bataan, Ray Barretto, Johnny Colon, the Latinaires and more.

Thursday, September 21

Global Village marks International Day of Peace, a day set aside by the United Nations since 1982 in support of world peace. The program highlights topical tunes from a variety of artists from around the world, including Third World, Vieux Farka Toure, Van Morrison, Sameer Gupta, the Holmes Brothers, Edwin Starr, String Cheese Incident and more.

Friday, September 22

Global Village welcomes in the first day of Fall with songs of the season from a wide array of artists and styles of music, including Astor Piazzolla, Bob Dorough, Ralph Towner (with and without Oregon), Ahmad Jamal, and more.

September 22/25

Throughout September Crossroads has been featuring blues piano for Piano Month, and few cities have a greater tradition of it than New Orleans. In this visit to the Crossroads, we’ll hear music from Dr. John, Huey “Piano” Smith, Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Fats Domino and more, including a special featuring Allen Toussaint and Stanton Moore’s new album in tribute to him.

Plus lots of blues concerts in the coming week and Crossroads highlights music from the artists appearing both locally and regionally – and new music including a preview of Tommy Castro’s latest due out at the end of next week.

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Monday 9.11.17

Night Train highlights some string things tonight – violinists, string ensembles, and string quartet and orchestra accompaniment with jazz artists, including a number of classically influenced pieces for the September Classical Meets Jazz/Classical Music Month feature.  Among the artists featured are Stan Getz (from the famous Focus album), Cecile McLorin Salvant (whose new album includes several pieces with string quartet), Quartet Indigo, Chick Corea with the Harlem String Quartet, Regina Carter (from her Paganini album), the Turtle Island String Quartet, and the Modern Jazz Quartet and Martin Wind, both with symphony orchestras.

Tuesday 9.12.17

There’s quite a long list of impressive jazz artists born on this date and Night Train features music from all of them this evening – trombonist and Saturday Night Live Band member Steve Turre, trumpeter Brian Lynch, pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton (including music from her new album of original compositions, Speechless), saxophonist Scott Hamilton, and organist Papa John DeFrancesco (and music as well from both of his sons, Joey and Johnny DeFrancesco).

Also the Night Train feature for Classical Music Month continues with two new releases, the VEIN Trio playing music of Ravel, and Third Stream pioneer Ran Blake teamed up with singer Dominique Eade.

Wednesday 9.13.17

Night Train marks birthdays of R&B pianist and singer Charles Brown and also critic and songwriter Leonard Feather. We’ll hear later and classic tracks from Brown, and Feather’s songs performed by Dinah Washington and Ella Fitzgerald, along with music from his daughter Lorraine Feather. Plus new music from Cecile McLorin Salvant, the Wynton Kelly Trio, and Tom Rizzo – and for the Classical Meets Jazz/Classical Music Month feature, music of Satie from Dan Willis & Velvet Gentlemen, and a special featuring pianist Aaron Diehl in a tribute to the Modern Jazz Quartet.

Thursday 9.14.17

With Hispanic Heritage Month beginning tomorrow, Night Train offers a program featuring Latin jazz tonight, including music from Mike Freeman ZonaVibe, Michael Spiro & Wayne Wallace, Arturo Sandoval, Bill O’Connell, Gabriel Alegria, Trio da Paz, and David Sanchez. We’ll also continue our Classical Meets Jazz feature for Classical Music Month with selections from Charlie Haden, Jeremy Pelt and Maureen Choi.