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

Monday 4.10.17

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist George Freeman, pianist (and psychiatrist) Denny Zeitlin, third stream pianist and composer Claude Bolling, and organist Joey DeFrancesco (including a special from the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show).  Plus music from a recent compilation of vocal selections from Sun Ra & His Arkestra, a new set revisiting music of the ‘60s from violinist Mads Tolling, and the latest from Kansas City vocalist Deborah Brown.

Tuesday 4.11.17

Monday, April 10

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Bunny Wailer (one of the original Wailers), Cuban-born, U.S.-based eclectic Latin jazz pianist Omar Sosa, and exotica hit maker Martin Denny.  Plus a new reissue of a classic compilation of music from legendary Jamaican ska band, the Skatalites, a late ‘80s project from the father of Ethiojazz, Mulatu Astatke, that is being released internationally for the first time, and the modern tango sound of Otros Aires.

Tuesday, April 11

Monday 4.3.17

Night Train kicks off a new month’s feature – celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month and this year’s theme of Women in Jazz and Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday. We also begin a week-long tribute to saxophonist Arthur Blythe, who passed away last week; highlight new albums from the Bob Mintzer All L.A. Band, Organic Trio, and guitarist Ralph Towner; and mark birthdays of singer Tessa Souter, soul jazz organist Jimmy McGriff, and bassist Scott LaFaro (including a special about him in hour two of the show).

Tuesday 4.4.17

Monday, April 3

Global Village highlights nominees, honorees and performers at this year’s BBC Folk Awards, which take place Wednesday.  We’ll hear music from Ry Cooder and Al Stewart – Lifetime Achievement Award-winners, Woody Guthrie who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and nominees including Rachael Newton, Martin Green, Breabach, 9Bach, The Gloaming, Furrow Collective, Kris Drever and Fara. Plus music from Richard Thompson, a Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, for his birthday.

Tuesday, April 4

April 7/9

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:

The latest from blues favorites Robert Cray, Eric Bibb, Coco Montoya and Billy Flynn

Corky Siegel returns with his Chamber Blues project

A compilation of classics from Aretha Franklin

Album Cover Art

  1. Wee Willie Walker & the Greaseland All Stars – Live! (Little Village Foundation)

 

Album Cover Art

  1. Deborah Brown – Kansas City Here I Come (Deborah Brown)

 

Album Cover Art

  1. Girma Beyene & Akale Wube – Mistakes on Purpose/Ethiopiques 30 (Buda Musique)

 

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.

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