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, February 19

Global Village celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also celebrate President’s Day tonight.)

Tuesday, February 20

Global Village marks the birthday of singer, songwriter and indigenous activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, with music from one of her ‘60s albums up to her latest release, Medicine Songs, part of her remarkable and compelling comeback over the past decade. There are also more duos for the February feature, including Malagasy guitarist Dama & D’Gary, and cellist Redi Hasa with singer Maria Mazzotta – and there’s new music from Julio Pereira, 3MA, Robert Plant, and the Rough Guide to the Music of West Africa.

Wednesday, February 21

Global Village celebrates birthdays of critically acclaimed Americana and roots artist Rhiannon Giddens, and bluesman Corey Harris, who has incorporated reggae and African music into his work. Plus the latest from La Misa Negra, Boubacar Traore, and Ladama – and for the February duos feature, an exquisite duo project from Chinese erhu player Guo Gan and Ivory Coast balafon player Aly Keita.

Thursday, February 22

Some international reggae this time in the Global Village – with reggae-inspired sounds from Nigeria, Ghana, Poland, Russia, and other far flung places where Jamaican music has been an inspiration. Among the artists and bands featured are Russia’s Ersatz Musika, Germany’s Jahcoustix, U.K. singer Hollie Cook, U.S. based artists Rocky Dawuni and Rebel Tumbao, and even a reggae-flavored song from one of this year’s Rock Hall of Fame inductees, Nina Simone.

Friday, February 23

For the February feature, Global Village devotes this program to duos – twosomes from the same musical traditions, and also duos from different cultures who create an intriguing new blend of sounds. We’ll hear guitarists Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder, Talking Head David Byrne with Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso, kora player Ballake Sissoko with cellist Vincent Segal, cellist Matthieu Saglio with flamenco guitarist Jose ‘El Piru,’ singers June Tabor and Maddie Prior, the father and son duo of Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, and more.

February 23/25

Crossroads remembers Johnny Winter on what would have been his birthday on February 23rd with some classic and later recordings from him and a live set with Muddy Waters and James Cotton.

Crossroads also continues the February Duos feature with music from Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, a recent release from Steve Howell & Jason Weinheimer, a new set from Curtis Salgado with Alan Hagar, and in hour two of the show, a live performance from the Acoustic Hot Tuna duo of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.

There’s also more music from Eddie Shaw, as Crossroads features music throughout the month from the great Chicago blues saxophonist who passed away at the end of January. We’ll hear him with both Howlin’ Wolf and Jimmy Dawkins.

KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate Presidents' Day with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for the annual special feature.

Global Village gets the celebration underway with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Monday 2.12.18

Concerts featured this time on the Night Train as we highlight music from quite a number of jazz artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week, along with Brazilian duos (for our February feature) live from the Savannah Music Festival in a special in hour two of the show. There’s also live music from the duo of Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau, and new music from Johnny O’Neal and Richie Cole.

Tuesday 2.13.18

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Mardi Gras with music from New Orleans – including new albums from the Jambalaya Brass Band, Jason Marsalis & the 21st Century Trad Band, Bonerama, Jon Cleary and Dave Bartholomew, along with the Olympia Brass Band, Allen Toussaint, Kermit Ruffins, and a song from Louis Armstrong & the Hot Five that is going into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year, and a special in hour two about his Hot Five and Seven bands.

Wednesday 2.14.18

Night Train joins Global Village and Strange Currency in celebrating Valentine’s Day with a show devoted to songs of the heart. Highlights include selections from Chet Baker, Nina Simone (a Rock Hall of Fame inductee this year), Shirley Horn- and for our duos feature, John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, and Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong. It’s also the birthday of saxophonist Maceo Parker (of James Brown’s JB Horns fame) and trombonist Rob McConnell, so the show will highlight the romantic side of their work as well. 

Thursday 2.15.18

Night Train celebrates birthdays of composer Harold Arlen (with versions of his songs from Dianne Reeves, Ernestine Anderson, Scott Hamilton, and as we feature duos this month – cornetist Ruby Braff and pianist Roger Kellaway) and drummer Herlin Riley (on Lucky Peterson’s new tribute to Jimmy Smith, as a leader, and in hour two in a special commissioned production of Walter Blanding's "Tick Tock" from the Savannah Music Festival), We’ll also get to a couple of newly named Juno Awards nominees – Diana Krall and Bria Skonberg – for National Flag of Canada Day (also celebrated earlier this evening on Global Village).

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Monday, February 12

Global Village highlights music from one of the artists featured in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival Special (airing the last week of the month), acclaimed Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko. We’ll hear music from his critically acclaimed Chamber Music album with cellist Vincent Segal (also featured in the Festival Special), an early import release he did under his own name, and guest appearances with such diverse artists as Italian minimalist Ludovico Einaudi, bluesman Taj Mahal, and Cuban guitarist (and Buena Vista Social Club member) Manuel Galban.

Tuesday, February 13

It’s carnival time in the Global Village! To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to some carnival hot spots: Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and such New Orleans favorites as Professor Longhair, the Hawketts, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

(Strange Currency and Night Train celebrate Mardi Gras tonight as well)

Wednesday, February 14

Hearts and flowers in the Global Village, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, with love songs from around the world, including from the duos of Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto, and Celso Fonseca & Ronaldo Bastos for the February duos feature, along with music from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Bebel Gilberto, Bill Withers, Richard Thompson, and even a little polka love song.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also have special Valentine’s Day features tonight).

Thursday, February 15

Global Village celebrates National Flag of Canada Day (marking the date in 1965 when the Maple Leaf flag was adopted) with music from winners and nominees from this past fall’s Canadian Folk Music Awards, and the newly named Juno Awards nominees. We’ll hear traditional and contemporary folk, Latin, Caribbean, Inuit and other sounds from some of Canada’s most inspired contemporary artists and groups – including Cassie & Maggie, Maz, Beyond the Pale, Jayme Stone, Hilario Duran, Louis Simao, Roberto Lopez, The Battle of Santiago, Bruce Cockburn, Briga, and The Jerry Cans.

Friday, February 16

Happy New Year! Global Village celebrates Chinese New Year, Tet (Vietnam), Seollal (Korea), Losar (Tibet), or the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. We’ll highlight traditional (Heart of the Dragon Ensemble), world fusion (Gao Hong and Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble) and contemporary pop (Sa Dingding) from China, along with music from Taiwanese neo-folk ensemble A Moving Sound, Tibetan artist Yungchen Lhamo, Vietnamese pop singer Carol Kim, the adventurous world-jazz duo of Huong Thanh and  Nguyen Le, and more to mark the holiday.

More Duos & Eddie Shaw

Feb 12, 2018

February 16/18

Crossroads marks the second month of the year with blues twosomes – legendary, rare and contemporary blues duos, including a live performance from the great Piedmont blues duo of John Cephas & Phil Wiggins in hour two of the show.

Plus the duos of Monster Mike Welch with Mike Ledbetter, recently nominated for multiple Blues Music Awards, and the legendary duo of Buddy Guy and Junior Wells.

We also continue our month-long salute to blues saxophonist Eddie Shaw, who passed away at the end of January – this time with music he did as a leader and with Magic Sam.

KMUW Music is celebrating the music of love this Valentine's Day. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Wednesday, February 14, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for the annual special feature.

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

KMUW Music presents the annual Mardi Gras special feature on Tuesday, February 13. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight to celebrate Fat Tuesday.

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Monday 2.5.18

Night Train marks birthdays of legendary session drummer and one of this year’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipients, Hal Blaine, keyboardist and songwriter Al Cooper, and pianist and composer Bill Mays. Will hear Mays in duo settings for our February Duos feature, along with new duo recordings from Plucky Sturm, Jim Hall & Ron Carter, and Ran Blake with Dominique Eade. Plus new music from the Devin Kelly Organ Trio, Van Morrison, Stephane Wrembel and B3B4.

Tuesday 2.6.18

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist John Pisano, saxophonist Ernie Krivda, and bassist Larry Grenadier. We’ll hear Pisano (with guitarists Joe Pass and Gene Bertoncini) and Krivda (with Bill Dobbins and Dan Wall) in duet settings for the February feature, and Grenadier in the recent Hudson supergroup, and with Bobby McFerrin, the Metheny-Mehldau Quartet, and Charles Lloyd. Plus new music from Dr. Lonnie Smith, Eric Alexander, Katie Thiroux, and a new reissue of Nina Simone’s debut recordings for the Bethlehem label.

Wednesday 2.7.18

Night Train marks the birthday of R&B and soul jazz saxophonist King Curtis, and there are a duo of duos tonight for the February feature, from saxophonist Houston Person with legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter, and with pianist Bill Charlap. We’ll also hear Person and Charlap live in a Savannah Music Festival special in hour two of the show.

Thursday 2.8.18

Night Train highlights vocalists Shirley Horn, Joe Williams, Jeff Baker and Billie Holiday; classics from Cannonball Adderley, Kenny Dorham, Art Tatum, and Freddie Hubbard; and contemporary sounds from Herbie Hancock’s New Standard, and Rez Abbasi’s Acoustic Quartet with a Chick Corea/Return to Forever favorite.

Monday, February 5

Traditional African music primarily focused on songs of praise, celebration, and special occasions, but in more recent times, artists have incorporated social and political messages in their music as well. This time in the Global Village, we explore some of that music, including Fela’s groundbreaking Afrobeat, African reggae artists Sonny Okosun, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Lucky Dube and Alpha Blondy, and South African artists Miriam Makeba, the Mahotella Queens, and the late Hugh Masekela.

Tuesday, February 6

Global Village marks the birthday of reggae legend Bob Marley with music from his classic recordings and from a wide range of covers of his songs from such artists as I-Three members Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt, Ivorian artist Tiken Jah Fakoly, roots groups the Gladiators and Inner Circle, original Wailer Bunny Wailer, Rebel Tumbao, and more.

Wednesday, February 7

Folk and roots sounds are featured this time in the Global Village – including some roots reggae from Jamaica’s Gladiators and Junior Murvin, and Ivorian artist Tiken Jah Fakoly from his album in tribute to roots reggae; folk inspired music from America and Europe – including Michael Doucet, Sondorgo, the Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra, and the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc;  the ‘roots’ sound of Haiti which combines contemporary influences with traditional vodou and carnival music – including music from Sakad, Mawon, and Boukan Ginen.

Thursday, February 8

Global Village throws an Afrobeat party with music from legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen as part of Fela’s band , under his own name with Fela’s Africa 70 band, and in a project with Fela as his producer. Plus Afrobeat sounds from two American Afrobeat bands – The Funk Ark and Antibalas – and Afrobeat/Gnawa fusion from Fangnawa Experience.

Friday, February 9

Global Village highlights highlife. One of the most popular styles of music in Africa, highlife emerged in Ghana and Nigeria from a fusion of African, Cuban, military and big band influences. It evolved into a lively and danceable sound whose influence spread to other corners of Africa and the world. The show focuses on some of the greatest names in highlife – including E.T. Mensah, Ebo Taylor, the Oriental Brothers, and Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe – along with Fela’s early highlife band, and Marcus Miller’s world fusion take on “Hylife.” For more on highlife, see the Best Music Books of 2017 feature on our website for a review of John Collins’ impressive overview of the music, Highlife Giants: West African Dance Band Pioneers.