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, May 7

Global Village goes to Togo for music that rarely gets attention in world music releases. But a few compilations, including the Togo Soul 70 and Afro-Beat Airways sets, have offered a glimpse into the lively sounds from there. Also this time, music from the legendary Congolese rumba band L’Orchestra Afrisa International, Spanish Afrobeat group Ogun Afrobeat, and some ska and reggae from the Skatalites and Third World.

Tuesday, May 8

For the past decade the UK world music magazine Songlines has presented awards honoring artists with impressive recordings in the past year. There are a variety of award categories, including for artist and group, and also by geographic region, the last of which will be announced this Friday, May 11th. In this special edition of the show, Global Village highlights nominees in a number of different categories in advance of the announcement of those 2018 winners.

Wednesday, May 9

Global Village heads to France for a wide array of sounds from that country – from traditional to contemporary French music, along with some of the many artists from other parts of the globe who now call France home.  Among the artists featured – musette accordionist Michel Macias, jazz accordionist Richard Galliano, DJ and producer St. Germain, former Zawinul Syndicate member Aziz Sahmaoui, French ‘Mediterranean blues’ artist Titi Robin, Paris-based Vietnamese artists Huong Thanh & Nguyen Le, soukous star Kanda Bongo Man, and contemporary bands Lo’Jo and L’Attirail.

Thursday, May 10

Global Village marks birthdays of drummer Sly Dunbar (half of reggae’s legendary ‘Riddim Twins’ with Robbie Shakespeare) and of Haitian star Coupe Cloue. Plus more music for the Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature – this time from Bombay Dub Orchestra and MC Yogi.

Friday, May 11

It’s the annual Global Village Twilight Zone Day celebration with music inspired by the famed TV sci-fi show or capturing its trademark eerie vibe. Among the highlights, a song from Lorraine Feather inspired by the first episode of the show, re-workings of the show’s theme song by Manhattan Transfer and the B52s, and some general weirdness from Les Baxter, TriBeCaStan, Madness, Raymond Scott and more.

May 11/13

Crossroads kicks off the May Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature with music from some artists who bring together Indian music and blues – Slide to Freedom and Harry Manx.

We also remember Charles Neville and Deborah Coleman, who passed away in April.

And Sunday (May 13) is Stevie Wonder’s birthday – in hour one of the show a cover of one of his songs from the Deep Blue Organ Trio and a hit song Wonder wrote for Rufus with Chaka Khan. Then in hour two a Stevie Wonder special featuring many of his classic tracks.

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  1. Malagasy Guitar Masters – Volo Hazo (Buda Musique)


  1. Catrin Finch/Seckou Keita – Soar (ARC Music)
  1. Lucibela – Laco Umbilical (LusAfrica)
  1. Stick in the Wheel – Follow Them True (From Here)
  1. Sonido Gallo Negro – Mambo Cosmico (Glitterbeat)
  1. Samurai Accordion – Te (Visage)
  1. Femi Kuti – One People, One World (Knitting Factory)
  1. Djeneba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso (LusAfrica)
  1. Nancy Vieira -Manha Florida (LusAfrica)
  1. Sly & Robbie Meet Dubmatix – Overdubbed (Echo Beach)

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  1. Nick Moss Band – The High Cost of Low Living (Alligator)
  1. Danielle Nicole – Cry No More (Concord)
  1. Orphan Jon & the Abandoned – Abandoned No More (Rip Cat)
  1. Mud Morganfield – They Call Me Mud (Severn)
  1. Bettye LaVette – Things Have Changed (Verve)
  1. Sue Foley – The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)
  1. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Black Coffee (J&R Adventures)
  1. Rockwell Avenue Blues Band – Back to Chicago (Delmark)
  1. Tinsley Ellis – Winning Hard (Alligator)
  1. Barrence Whitfield & the Savages – Soul Flowers of Titan (Bloodshot)

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  1. Van Morrison/Joey DeFrancesco – You’re Driving Me Crazy (Sony Legacy)
  1. Kurt Elling – The Questions (Okeh)
  1. Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – After the Fall (ECM)
  1. Pat Martino – Formidable (High Note)
  1. Edward Simon – Sorrows and Triumphs (Sunnyside)
  1. Leslie Pintchik – You Eat My Food…(Pintch Hard)
  1. George Kahn – Straight Ahead (Playing Records)
  1. George Cotsirilos Quartet – Mostly in Blue (OA2)
  1. Alfredo Rodriguez – The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  1. Michel Camilo – Live in London (Redondo Music)

Monday 4.30.18

Night Train marks the birthday of bassist and Modern Jazz Quartet member Percy Heath (including a special featuring music of MJQ in hour two), wraps up Guitar Month with music from Wes Montgomery with Percy Heath as part of the band, and begins a week long remembrance of pianist, vocalist and songwriter Bob Dorough who passed away last week.

Tuesday 5.1.18

Night Train kicks off the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature with a celebration on an annual holiday to honor traditional Hawaiian culture – May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii (also celebrated this evening with a program devoted to Hawaiian music on Global Village). We’ll hear the Honolulu Jazz Quartet, an early pioneer of the Hawaiian steel guitar, and a special in hour two following the history of that instrument as it first entered American popular music. Night Train also continues its week-long tribute to Bob Dorough with music from his major label debut (when he was in his 70s) and as a guest with Joanie Pallatto doing one of his classic songs – and there’s music from Shirley Horn and Big Maybelle for their birthdays.

Wednesday 5.2.18

Night Train continues its week-long salute to pianist, singer and songwriter Bob Dorough with music from his debut album and a cover of one of his songs by pianist Hank Jones. We also mark birthdays of two songwriters, J. Fred Coots, and also Lorenz Hart, including a special in hour two tracing the early career and classic songs of Rodgers & Hart. There’s new music from pianist Renee Rosnes and singer Shirley Crabbe, and for the May Asian American Heritage Month feature, music from pianist and composter Aki Takase.

Thursday 5.3.18

Night Train wraps up a week-long tribute to Bob Dorough with a classic song he wrote with Dave Frishberg, music from his live set at the iridium, and a cover of one of his classics by Irene Kral. We also mark birthdays of flutist Andrea Brachfeld, songwriter Betty Comden, guitarist Hristo Vitchev, and pianist, composer and Modern Jazz Quartet co-founder John Lewis, including an MJQ special in hour two.

Monday, April 30

The final Monday of every month, we present our special concert series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, featuring world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival in Savannah, Georgia. This time, in conjunction with our April Guitar Month feature, it’s guitarist Chico Pinheiro.  One of the rising stars on the Brazilian jazz scene, Pinheiro has released several albums under his own name and as a co-leader, and worked with an impressive list of American, European, and Brazilian artists and groups. For this edition of Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, we’ll hear Pinheiro with his own group, dueting with Brazilian guitar master Romero Lubambo, and guesting with singer and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves.

Tuesday, May 1

While in many parts of the world, the first of May is a labor or workers’ holiday, in Hawaii it’s a different kind of celebration. May Day is Lei Day in Hawaii, honoring traditional Hawaiian culture and celebrated across the islands since the 1920s. Here in the Global Village we’ll celebrate with early stars of Hawaiian music, some of the great slack key guitar players, and some different and innovative takes on Hawaiian music. Among the artists featured on the show: King Bennie Nawahi (who recorded the song “May Day is Lei Day”), guitar wizard Sol Hoopii, slack key great Gabby Pahinui, his sons – the Pahinui Brothers (both with Ry Cooder), Daniel Ho with the Grasslands Ensemble from Mongolia, and Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya with a tribute to popular Hawaiian artist Tau Moe.

Wednesday, May 2

In conjunction with the May feature celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Global Village highlights music from China with performances from internationally renowned pipa player Wu Man, U.S.-based Chinese performer and educator Gao Hong, and the oldest and largest Chinese orchestra in America – the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York.

Thursday, May 3

In advance of the Global Village New Month/New Music show featuring new world music releases, we devote this program to new reissues that have come out. Topping the list is a three-disc set chronicling the releases of legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela from the mid-‘60s through the mid-‘70s. Also featured is a remastered reissue of Ali Farka Toure’s first album with a band, The Source, a rare ‘70s set from Nigeria’s Shina Williams, roots reggae artists the Gladiators, and a late ‘60s gem from Geoff and Maria Muldaur.

Friday, May 4

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of recently released and forthcoming world music albums.  Among the highlights this time:

A new studio release from Ghanian afrobeat star Ebo Taylor

A former member of Fela’s band, Kiala with his band the Afroblaster

Another album in the Playing for Change project that brings together over 200 musicians from around the world

The third album from award-winning Afghan-American artist Qais Essar

And a new trio album from Iraqi-American oud player and NEA Heritage Fellow, Rahim AlHaj.

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May 4/6

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:

Marcia Ball and Ry Cooder, back with new albums

The latest from Kansas City’s Grand Marquis

A live set from veteran blues rockers Savoy Brown

Reissues of two classic albums from Geoff & Maria Muldaur

And the one and only Blind Lemon Pledge

Monday 4.23.18

Night Train kicks off a week’s preview of the artists appearing at this year’s International Day Jazz concert on April 30th, including this night music from Till Bronner and Gilad Hekselman. Plus new music from pianist Edward Simon, a live four-disc set from the final Miles Davis/John Coltrane tour, the Oak Trio, and guitarist Wali Ali; music from Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder suite for Shakespeare’s birthday; and in hour two, for our April Guitar Month feature, a special examining One Hundred Years of Jazz Guitar.

Tuesday 4.24.18

It’s Chicago tenor night on the Night Train in honor of the birthday of Johnny Griffin. We’ll hear music – and a special in hour two – featuring such great Chicago tenor players as Gene Ammons, Clifford Jordan, John Gilmore (from the Sun Ra Arkestra) and Von Freeman. And, as we feature music all week from artists appearing at this year’s International Jazz Day concert, there’s music from Kurt Elling and Joey DeFrancesco.

Wednesday 4.25.18

Night Train celebrates birthdays of drummer Carl Allen, soul jazz saxophonist Willis Jackson, and the legendary Ella Fitzgerald (including a Jazz Profiles special about her in hour two of the show). Plus more music from artists performing at this year’s International Jazz Day concert April 30th, including Kurt Elling and Manhattan Transfer – both with new albums out; and more guitars for the April Guitar Month feature, including John Scofield and a new duo set from Royce Campbell with bassist Bob Bowen.

Thursday 4.26.18

As part of the April Guitar Month feature, Night Train highlights some acoustic guitar recordings, including a rare set from John Scofield, John Pisano with Gene Bertoncini, gypsy jazz guitarists Stephane Wrembel, Romane, Stochelo Rosenberg, and Martin Taylor, Ralph Towner, and John Pizzarelli.  Plus new music from alto saxophonist Sherman Irby, the New Faces lineup, Van Morrison with Joey DeFrancesco, Leslie Pintchik, Lewis Porter, Michel Camilo, and George Kahn.

April 27/29

Each year in advance of the Blues Music Awards, the Blues Foundation has a special ceremony to induct the year’s new entrants into the Blues Hall of Fame. In this special edition of Crossroads, we’ll feature music from the 2018 inductees for performers, albums, and singles – along with a special in hour two about the Parrot label started by DJ and businessman Al Benson, another of this year’s inductees. Music from B.B. King, Albert King, the Staple Singers, and more will be featured in the show.

The Blues Foundation has posted more information about this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees here: