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

KMUW Music marks the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Tuesday, December 5 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for a variety of unusual renditions and iconic songs from Disney films.

Monday 11.27.17

Night Train marks the birthdays of pianist Jacky Terrasson, trumpeter Randy Brecker, composer and bandleader Maria Schneider and for Jimi Hendrix’ birthday a cover of one of his songs from the Hudson lineup with John Scofield. Also new music from Pat Martino, Ben Allison and Behn Gillece, and in hour two for the cool jazz singers feature, a special with singer and pianist John Proulx.

Tuesday 11.28.17

Birthday salutes on Night Train tonight for singer Ethel Ennis, saxophonists Gigi Gryce and Gato Barbieri, and bassist Dennis Irwin (with John Scofield’s band). Plus new music from Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge,  and pianist Danny Grissett, and for the November cool jazz singers feature, a special in hour two featuring singer Madeleine Peyroux.

Wednesday 11.29.17

Birthday artists featured tonight on the Night Train include drummers Adam Nussbaum and Billy Hart, pianist and composer Billy Strayhorn, and Crescent City trad jazz clarinet master Dr. Michael White – who is also featured in a Music Inside Out special in hour two of the show. Plus the latest from the Tardo Hammer Trio, Verve Jazz Ensemble, and Houston Person.

Thursday 11.30.17

Night Train wraps up the November Cool Jazz Singers feature with singers from the Stan Kenton Orchestra, home to several of the vocalists who helped shape that sound. We’ll hear orchestra and solo recordings from Chris Connor, June Christy, Kay Brown, Ann Richards, and Anita O’Day, plus Kenton tribute albums, and in hour two of the show, a Jazz Profiles special on Anita O’Day.

New Month/New Music Time

Nov 27, 2017
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December 1/3

It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

Hard Core Harp – a compilation of contemporary blues harmonica players

The return of Was (Not Was) singer Sweet Pea Atkinson

The latest from Kansas City blues favorite Samantha Fish

Lucky Peterson’s tribute to pioneering soul-jazz organist Jimmy Smith

And the new album from Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters

Monday, November 27

Global Village highlights some Latin soul, funk, and boogaloo sounds this time – including the Joe Cuba boogaloo hit, “Bang Bang,” Brazilian soul pioneer Tim Maia, and contemporary Latin soul bands Buyepongo, Palo!, and Money Chicha.

Tuesday, November 28

Global Village marks Panama’s Independence or National Day (marking the country’s independence from Spain in 1821) with traditional, soul, cumbia, and jazz-inspired music from Panamanian artists – including Danilo Perez, Papi Brandao, the Exciters, the Silvertones, Los Caballeros de Colon and more.

Wednesday, November 29

Global Village highlights vintage and contemporary ska and roots reggae – including music from the legendary ska band, the Skatalites, and also from Skatalites band members Jackie Mittoo and Rico Rodriguez (as part of Jazz Jamaica). And there’s roots reggae revivalists Ziggy Marley (with brother Stephen Marley), Jamaica’s Raging Fyah (with Jesse Royal), and Baltimore’s Jah Works.

Thursday, November 30

Global Village wraps up the November New Euro Folk feature with music from Portugal, including famed fado singer Mariza, award winning Portuguese Guitar player Custodio Castelo, singer-songwriter Lula Pena, concertina quartet Danças Ocultas, and Portuguese klezmer group Melech Mechaya. Plus new music from other European folk inspired artists – Italian band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Albanian cellist Redi Hasa with Italian singer Maria Mazzotta, Spanish guitarist Pipo Romero and the Breton group ‘Ndiaz.

Friday, December 1

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of new world music releases, and among the highlights this time:

A new holiday set with world music influences from Sultans of String

Compilations of music from the Peruvian Andes and Burkina Faso

Some beautiful sets inspired by music of the Middle East and the Mediterranean from Maya Yousef, Ross Daly with Kelly Thoma, and the trio of Efren Lopez, Stelios Petrakis & Bijan Chemirani

Big sounds from the Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, and the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

And African greats Boubacar Traore, and Orchestre Les Mangelepa

Monday 11.20.17

It’s a coolsome twosome tonight on the Night Train with two of the best of the cool jazz singers, the November feature on the show. It’s the birthday of June Christy and Night Train will highlight music from her with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and on popular albums under her own name. The show also features music of Chet Baker, whose early recordings epitomized the male cool jazz vocal style.  We’ll hear music from Baker, Baker tribute albums from Luciana Souza, John Proulx and June Bisantz, and in the second hour, a special with more music from Baker and a conversation with his biographer, James Gavin.

Tuesday 11.21.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday Dr. John. The show focuses on the jazz side of the Crescent City legend, including albums he did in tribute to Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington, a guest appearance with Hank Crawford, and his work as part of the Bluesiana Triangle with David “Fathead” Newman and Art Blakey – plus a Dr. John Special in hour two of the show. Plus music from Coleman Hawkins for his birthday and the latest from singer Barbara Morrison, saxophonist Vincent Herring, and guitarist George Freeman.

Wednesday 11.22.17

Night Train marks the birthday of pianist, composer, singer and film star Hoagy Carmichael with songs from him and covers of his classics from Luciana Souza, Rahsaan Barber, and Brianna Thomas – plus a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show.

Thursday 11.23.17

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Thanksgiving with a menu packed with musical goodies all about food – from the turkey and sweet potatoes to a host of holiday desserts.

Monday, November 20

As part of the November New Euro Folk feature, Global Village heads to Sweden for music from Garmarna, Den Fule, Groupa, and Lena Willemark with Ale Moller. Plus new music from Ramon Goose, Monoswezi, and Officina Zoe.

Tuesday, November 21

Global Village marks the birthday of Crescent City favorite Dr. John with music from across his career and as a special guest with John Scofield and Taj Mahal. Plus new music from afrobeat band Antibalas, contemporary cumbia group La Misa Negra, Ethiojazz inspired group Mister Ott, and roots reggae revivalists The Expanders.

Wednesday, November 22

A triple birthday celebration in the Global Village for three legendary Spanish composers – Tárrega (11.21), Rodrigo (11.22) and de Falla (11.23) – with some of their most famous compositions performed by John Williams, Julian Bream and the Miles Español project.

Thursday, November 23

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu, Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also serve up Thanksgiving holiday specials tonight.)

Friday, November 24

This time Global Village pays a visit to the ‘classical world’ – exploring music that brings together Western classical and world influences, along with music inspired by Indian and Arabic classical traditions. Among the artists featured – Kirk Elliott with the Orchestra of Unmitigated Gaul, Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem’s first project with a string orchestra, and music from Paquito D’Rivera with the classical ensemble, Quinteto Cimarron. And as usual, we take some detours along the way, including for some ‘60s garage band music from Spain, and for the November Euro Folk feature, music from Richard Thompson’s first solo album (and reportedly the worst selling album on Warner Bros. Records).

Blues Saxophone Finale

Nov 20, 2017

November 24/26

Crossroads wraps up the month-long salute to the blues saxophone with music from Arnett Cobb, Alvin ‘Red’ Tyler, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, David ‘Fathead’ Newman, Hank Crawford, and a special in hour two about one of the great jump blues saxophonists and band leaders – Louis Jordan. Plus new music from the Jesus Rocked the Jukebox small group gospel compilation, Al Basile, the Sherman Holmes Project, and the last album from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

KMUW Music is celebrating Thanksgiving with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Thursday, November 23 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu: Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

The annual Thanksgiving celebration continues on Strange Currency with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

Monday 11.13.17

Night Train marks the birthday of one of the most recorded and sampled drummers in jazz, Idris Muhammad, with music he did with John Scofield, the Chartbusters, Ahmad Jamal and more. It’s also the birthday of guitarist Chris Flory, pianist Hampton Hawes, and singer Janet Lawson. Night Train also highlights new releases tonight from Gerald Cannon, Tom Harrell, the Bill Charlap Trio and the Audrey Ochoa Trio.

Tuesday 11.14.17

Night Train marks birthdays of two talented pianists – George Cables and Ellis Marsalis (including a special in hour two with Marsalis discussing his music, work as an influential New Orleans educator, and favorite musicians) – plus more Cool Jazz Singers for the November feature (including music from June Christy’s classic album, Something Cool), and the latest from Sherman Irby.

Wednesday 11.15.17

Night Train celebrates the birthday of guitarist Kevin Eubanks (from the Tonight Show Band) with music he did as a leader, and Dave Holland and Joey DeFrancesco. Plus Richie Cole’s new Latin jazz set, and the latest from flutist Gerald Beckett, singer Johnny O’Neal, guitarist Corey Christiansen, and pianist Ahmad Jamal.

Thursday 11.16.17

Night Train marks the birthday of popular singer Diana Krall with music from across her career and a special with Krall as a special guest in hour two of the show. Plus more Cool Jazz Singers for the November feature, including Julie London and Tierney Sutton, and new music from the Peter Erskine New Trio, Kyle Eastwood (Clint’s son), Steve Hobbs and Roswell Rudd.

Monday, November 13

Global Village pays tribute to Tabu Ley Rochereau - one of the giants of African music and one of the architects of the popular soukous style of music – on what would have been his 77th birthday. We’ll highlight music from early in his career when he worked with Le Grande Kalle, some of his classic recordings, and several key artists who emerged from his influential bands.

Tuesday, November 14

Global Village marks birthdays of zydeco star Buckwheat Zydeco and South African guitarist Derek Gripper, and features new music from the contemporary Gullah group Ranky Tanky, the eclectic Breton band ‘ndiaz, legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen, and world-rock group The Vampires with guitarist Lionel Loueke.

Wednesday, November 15

Global Village continues the November New European Folk feature with the latest from Spanish guitarist Raul Rodriguez, the Mediterranean music of Adel Salameh & Eduardo Niebla, and the eclectic Afro Celt Sound System. It’s also the birthday of singer, cuatro player and songwriter Marta Topferova, a native of the Czech Republic whose music has been inspired by the sounds and styles of Latin America. Plus new music from Quadro Nuevo and Musique Noire.

Thursday, November 16

Global Village features some Indian fusion in this visit – focusing on artists from India and from around the world who combine Indian music with rock, jazz and other styles of music. Among the artists featured are Bollywood legend R.D. Burman, Kronos Quartet from their album of music from R.D. Burman, electric Carnatic guitarist Prasanna, Indi-pop pioneer Sheila Chandra with Monsoon, Anoushka Shankar with Karsh Kale, and Canadian artists Sultans of String and Kiran Ahluwahlia.

Friday, November 17

Global Village celebrates birthdays of three jazz artists who have incorporated world influences in the music – adventurous trombonist Roswell Rudd, pioneering French horn player and world jazz artist David Amram, and bassist Ben Allison. And there’s new music from Mali’s Makan Badje Tounkara, contemporary reggae group New Kingston, and Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem.