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 7.31.17

Night Train wraps up the July feature with music from Dr. Lonnie Smith and also other contemporary jazz organists who offer a modern take on the classic soul jazz sound or take off in adventurous new approaches jazz organ. Among the artists featured are Larry Young, the Organik Vibe Trio, Ed Cherry (with organist Kyle Koehler), Will Bernard (with organist Brian Charette), Dave Anderson (with organist Pat Bianchi), the James Carter Organ Trio, and the Funky Organics.

Tuesday 8.1.17

Night Train kicks off the August feature celebrating the 75th birthday of Jack DeJohnette with a program devoted to his music. In hour one we’ll hear music he did as a leader, with the Gateway and Standards trios, as part of the Charles Lloyd Quartet, and as a special guest with Chick Corea and Christian McBride. Then in hour two, it’s an Artworks special done around the time he was named an NEA Jazz Master, featuring DeJohnette talking about his life and career, along with more music from the legendary jazz drummer.

Wednesday 8.2.17

Night Train has another ‘Give the Drummer Some’ show devoted to some great classic and contemporary jazz drummers – including August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Miles Davis and on the new supergroup Hudson release), along with Stanton Moore, Paul Wertico, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Roy Haynes, Louis Hayes, Mel Lewis, Matt Wilson and more.

Thursday 8.3.17

Night Train marks birthdays of singers Tony Bennett and Eddie Jefferson, continues with more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Michael Brecker, Eliane Elias and Terje Rypdal), and features new music from vibes player Steve Nelson, pianist Bill O’Connell, and bassist Ben Allison.

Monday, July 31

It’s a string thing this time in the Global Village, highlighting some world violin and cello artists and groups. Among the artists featured: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble; neo-folk band, the Horse Flies; Las Hermanas Caronni, clarinet and cello playing twin sisters from Argentina; Carolina Chocolate Drops’ cellist Leyla McCalla; Cajun and roots fiddlers Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney; the violin (and flute) driven charanga style from the band that pioneered the sound, Orquesta Aragon; and one of the great Bollywood singers, Asha Bhosle, with Kronos Quartet.

Tuesday, August 1

Global Village marks Benin’s Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that West African nation. We’ll hear one of its most famous singers – Angelique Kidjo, jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke, the big band Afrobeat sound of the Gangbe Brass Band, the reunited legendary Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, and some rarities from artists who helped shape the sound of contemporary urban music in Benin.

Wednesday, August 2

Global Village kicks off the August feature of music from Latin Soul Jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez with music from across his career. We’ll hear some of his early work with West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader, guest appearances with the Caribbean Jazz Project and Dr. John, and music from albums he did as a leader including his Grammy-winning release Latin Soul.

Thursday, August 3

Global Village heads to Norway for music from two magnificent saxophonists who combine traditional and jazz influences – the pioneering Jan Garbarek and inventive contemporary player Karl Seglem. Also music from the Sweet Sunny North project from David Lindley and Henry Kaiser featuring over 60 Norwegian musicians, and “Norwegian Wood” from Herbie Hancock.

Friday, August 4

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:

The Isley Brothers meet Santana

Classical mandolinist Avi Avital meets jazz bassist Omer Avital

Cellist Matthieu  Saglio meets flamenco guitarist Jose El Piru

Flemish Folk on mandolins from MANdolinMAN

Neo-rembetica from Trio Tekke with Dave de Rose

Neo-klezmer from Melech Machaya

And Greek-American reggae out of Washington from Christos DC

New Month/New Music Time

Jul 31, 2017

August 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:

A new compilation of classic tracks to mark the centennial birthday of Crossroads’ August featured artist John Lee Hooker

Galactic drummer Stanton Moore’s Crescent City all-star tribute to legendary pianist, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint

A new solo project from George Thorogood

A visit to a Juke Joint at the Edge of the World with Randall Bramblett

A new compilation of classic small group post-war gospel, Jesus Rocked the Jukebox

Acoustic blues and roots trio of Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons teamed up with 2017 NEA Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins

Classic country songs done blues style by Jimmie Bratcher

Another powerful new release from Milwaukee’s Altered Five Blues Band

And a tribute to Hokum blues and the Hokem Boys trio of Tampa Red, Georgia Tom and Big Bill Broonzy from Chris ‘Bad News’ Barnes.

Monday, July 24

In conjunction with the July South African Music feature, this special program from Global Village features a conversation with two members of the acclaimed South African group, the Soweto Gospel Choir, and explores music from the ensemble. We’ll also highlight some other great South African voices – including Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Miriam Makeba, and hear the original version of “Mbube” (later recorded as “Wimoweh” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”) first done in South Africa in 1939 by Solomon Linda and the Original Evening Birds.

Tuesday, July 25

Global Village pays tribute to accordionist Regis Gizavo, who passed away last week. One of Madagascar’s finest musicians, Gizavo first attracted international attention when he won the Radio France International Discovery Award. Moving to Paris in 1990, he began a series of remarkable collaborations with artists like the Corsican group I Muvrini, Cape Verde’s Cesaria Evora, Lura, and Mayra Andrade, South Africa’s Mahotella Queens, the Congolese Rhumba supergroup Kekele, Paris Combo and more. We’ll hear him with those artists, on solo efforts, and on his last project, the newly released album from Toko Telo with guitarist D’Gary and singer Monika Njava.

Wednesday, July 26

Today marks the birthday of cuatro and salsa great Yomo Toro. Global Village pays tribute to him in a special edition of the show that features music spanning his seven decade long career - including solo albums and recordings he did with the Fania All Stars, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Roswell Rudd, Daniel Ponce, David Byrne and Ned Sublette.

Thursday, July 27

As part of the July South African Music feature, Global Village devotes the program to South African reggae. Among the highlights: one of the giants of South African reggae, Lucky Dube; Dube’s original group, the Slaves; a cover of a Bob Marley classic from Freshlyground; a reggae-inspired song from township favorites Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens; and Harley & the Rasta Family.

Friday, July 28

Global Village celebrates Peruvian Independence Day with a wide array of styles and artists from that country – including traditional music from Sukay, Incan princess Yma Sumac, original and contemporary chicha music, vocalists Chabuca Granda, Susana Baca and Eva Ayllon, contemporary band Novalima, and Afro-Peruvian jazz from Geoffrey Keezer.

July 28/30

Crossroads wraps up a month-long feature celebrating the slide guitar in blues with slide guitar whiz George Thorogood – including music from his new solo album, Party of One, and a special with the Destroyers in hour two of the show.

Also birthday salutes to slide guitarist Roy Rogers (with John Lee Hooker – the Crossroads featured artist for August), Mike Bloomfield, Buddy Guy and Junior Kimbrough.

Plus previews of regional blues shows for the coming week and new music from the Cash Box Kings, Roy Bookbinder, Gina Sicilia, Bobby G and Zeshan B.

Monday 7.17.17

Tonight’s Night Train is devoted to a special full-length audio documentary, Vince Guaraldi – The Story of Dr. Funk, to mark the birthday of the popular West Coast pianist and composer for his birthday. Actually, it wasn’t funk, but west coast cool and Latin jazz that put Vince Guaraldi on the map. That and the breezy and engaging music he did for all of the Peanuts television specials right up until his sudden death in 1976. Guaraldi's story woven together with music and interviews with his biographer Derrick Bang, a number of musicians including former bandmates Eddie Duran and Dean Reilly, and Peanuts television co-creator and the man who brought Guaraldi into that project, Lee Mendelson. 

Tuesday 7.18.17

Night Train marks the birthday of jazz-influenced British blues rock and jazz fusion organist Brian Auger with music from across his career in hour one, and a special live performance in hour two of the show.

Plus more from July featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith, including a tribute album the organist did to Jimi Hendrix, Organissimo’s new tribute to the Beatles, and the latest from guitarists Steve Khan and former Wichitan Greg Skaff.

Wednesday 7.19.17

Night Train highlights pianists tonight – including a rare track with July featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith on piano; new albums from pianists Chick Corea, Hans Ludemann, Yoko Miwa, Spike Wilner, and Mike Longo; and classics from Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, Joanne Brackeen and Marian McPartland. Also featured tonight the latest albums from Louis Hayes, the Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, the Peter Erskine New Trio and Ben Allison.

Thursday 7.20.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the 70th birthday of Carlos Santana – with some of his Latin jazz fusion work in hour one, and a special, Carlos Santana -Multidimensional Warrior – in hour two of the show. Plus more from July featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith, a previously unreleased live performance from Jaco Pastorius, the latest from Ray Mantilla and Oregon, and a couple of little gems in music from Quartet San Francisco and Marc Johnson.

Monday, July 17

As part of the Global Village July South African Music feature, the program this time is devoted to one of South Africa’s richest musical contributions – the distinctive sound of South African jazz. American jazz was a big influence in the South African townships almost from its birth, carried to the country by American performers, records and film. After World War II, there was a remarkable flowering of South African jazz led by such greats as Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim and more. We’ll hear music from them and some of the South African jazz musicians who followed in this special edition of the show.

Tuesday, July 18

In conjunction with the July South African Music feature, Global Village marks Nelson Mandela International Day – a special day of commemoration, celebration, and public service designated by the United Nations in honor of South African leader Nelson Mandela’s birthday. The show highlights music and artists who created songs in honor of Mandela and the fight against apartheid in South Africa that still resonate today, including a number of musicians from South Africa. Among the artists featured: Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Artists United Against Apartheid, Abdullah Ibrahim, Brenda Fassie, and Harry Belafonte.

Wednesday, July 19

This time in the Global Village, the entire program is devoted to music of India. Among the highlights, the legendary Ravi Shankar (with a piece he composed with Phillip Glass), his daughter Anoushka Shankar and nephew (and raga-rock pioneer) Ananda Shankar, the Indian blues of Michael Messer’s Mitra, Iranian sitarist Abbas Mehrpouya, the contemporary sounds of Tabla Beat Science, acclaimed sarodist Ali Akbar Khan, and the classic Call of the Valley album.

Thursday, July 20

Global Village celebrates the 70th birthday today of Carlos Santana with music he did as part of the Santana band (including music from the band’s debut and from the Santana IV album that reunited the Woodstock era band), as a solo artist (from the Havana Moon set), as guest artist (with Nigerian drummer Olatunji, and bluesmen Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker), and more in a program devoted entirely to his music.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also mark the 70th birthday of Carlos Santana tonight.)

Friday, July 21

Global Village marks the birthday of singer-songwriter Cat Stevens with his own music and covers of his songs from Bacao Rhythm & Steel and the String Cheese Incident. Also more for the July South African music feature – this time from contemporary artists Thandiswa, Freshlyground, and Vusi Mahlasela – and some new Latin sounds from Ozomatli, Cuban singer Dayme Arocena, and a reissue of the Buena Vista classic, Introducing Ruben Gonzalez.

July 21/23

The Crossroads blues slide guitar feature for July continues with one of today’s best players, Sonny Landreth, with music from his debut album and new live double set, along with a Landreth special in hour two of the show.

Also blues concert previews for the coming week, newly named NEA Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins (with John Cephas), and new music from the Hector Anchondo Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Williams Wayne & Isaak, Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’ and Chuck Berry’s last album.

Monday 7.10.17

Night Train kicks off a week-long salute to the NEA Jazz Masters with a special program featuring the 2018 honorees. Each year since 1982, the National Endowment for the Arts has selected a group of living jazz artists and advocates to honor. They are announced in the summer before and then celebrated with a special tribute concert and more during their fellowship year. The newly named 2018 Masters include guitarist Pat Metheny, singer Dianne Reeves, pianist and composer Joanne Brackeen, and record and concert producer Todd Barkan. Tonight’s Night Train features classic albums, guest appearances, productions and more from all four.

Tuesday 7.11.17

Each year the National Endowment for the Arts picks a group of living jazz artists to honor as NEA Jazz Masters. The honorees for 2017 are singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Dave Holland, pianist Dick Hyman, and organist Dr. Lonnie Smith. In a special edition of Night Train tonight as part of NEA Jazz Masters week, music from all four 2017 honorees will be featured  – along with selections from such past NEA Jazz Masters as Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, George Coleman, and Benny Golson.

Wednesday 7.12.17

As part of Night Train’s NEA Jazz Masters Week, a special program tonight devoted to women NEA Jazz Masters. Since 1982 when the NEA program began, over 150 artists have been honored – of them less than two dozen have been women. We’ll highlight music from those honorees – both singers and instrumentalists – including Ella Fitzgerald (the first woman NEA Jazz Master); singers Betty Carter, Carmen McRae, Abbey Lincoln, Sarah Vaughan, and Dee Dee Bridgewater; trombonist Melba Liston (one of the first female instrumentalists named a Jazz Master); pianists Carla Bley, Marian McPartland, and newly named 2018 Jazz Master (along with singer Dianne Reeves) Joanne Brackeen; and more.

Thursday 7.13.17

Night Train wraps up its NEA Jazz Masters Week with a program devoted to July featured artist and 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith. With hear music from throughout his career – from one of his earliest Blue Note releases to his last album, Evolution, which marked his return to that famed jazz label. Also guest appearances with Lou Donaldson, George Benson, Javon Jackson and more – and a special in hour two featuring more of his classic tracks and the story behind one of his best known songs, “Move Your Hand.”

Monday, July 10

Global Village marks birthdays of the legendary Mavis Staples (with music from the new All Star Concert Celebration release), hard bop trumpeter Lee Morgan (with his hit, "The Sidewinder") and world and fusion banjoist Bela Fleck. Plus the African Jazz Pioneers with their pioneering township jazz sound as the show continues its 10th anniversary feature of music from South African – and the latest from Nordic folk group Sver, Malian great Oumou Sangare, and Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen’s tribure to drummer Art Blakey.

Tuesday, July 11

Global Village marks the centuries-old Mongolian festival of Naadam, which begins today, with a Mongolian music festival of its own. We’ll explore traditional singing and instruments along with contemporary bands fusing those traditions with a wide array of different influences, from symphony orchestras to classic rock. Among the artists featured are Anda Union, Egschiglen, Hangaai, Tuvan artists Ondar and Yat-Kha, and music from the recent groundbreaking compilation, An Anthology of Mongolian Khoomii.

Wednesday, July 12

Global Village features music from African women from all across the continent – including Nigeria’s Lijadu Sisters, Western Sahara’s Aziza Brahim, Mauritania’s Noura Mint Seymali, Les Amazones de Guinee, and for the July Music of South Africa feature, Mama Africa by Miriam Makeba.

Thursday, July 13

A squeezebox extravaganza this time in the Global Village with artists and bands from Italy, Serbia, Argentina, Russia, France and more that feature accordions and related instruments. Among the artists featured, the Celtic band Solas , Berlin’s 17 Hippies, new tango group the Pablo Ziegler Quintet, Russia’s Trio Voronezh, and Italian accordionist Filippo Gambetta.

Friday, July 14

Global Village celebrates Bastille Day with a show devoted to music from France. Along with traditional music and musette, the show highlights French world music groups, and artists from different corners of the world, often former French colonies, who now call France home. Among the performers featured – Lo’Jo, Paris Combo, Kanda Bongo Man, Manu Dibango, Bibi Tanga, and Maurice el Medioni.

(Strange Currency will also have a Bastille Day Special tonight.)