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

June 24/26

Crossroads wraps up the June feature, celebrating the 45th anniversary of Alligator Records. Among the highlights, music from Alligator artists just nominated in the 2016 Living Blues Awards – including Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Jimmy Johnson, Lurrie Bell, Charlie Musselwhite, and Janiva Magness. Plus new music from Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, Big Harp George, and Stax legend William Bell.

Monday 6.13.16

Night Train highlights vocalists Shirley Horn, Joe Williams, Jeff Baker and Billie Holiday, along with classics from Cannonball Adderley, Art Tatum and Freddie Hubbard. And Rez Abbasi’s Acoustic Quartet does a Chick Corea/Return to Forever favorite for the June Chick Corea feature.

Tuesday 6.14.16

Monday, June 13

Tonight in the Global Village…the Afrobeat goes on, with Afrobeat sounds from Tony Allen, the drummer and musical director for Fela; Seun Kuti, heading up his father’s Egypt 80 band; and two contemporary bands inspired by Afrobeat, but adding their own touches to the style – London-based  Yaaba Funk and Brooklyn’s Zongo Junction.

Tuesday, June 14

Monday 6.6.16

Night Train marks birthdays of guitar great Grant Green and pianist Monty Alexander (also featured tonight on Global Village, where the Jamaican and Caribbean side of his work is explored). And there’s music from June featured artist Chick Corea (with Bela Fleck, his Akoustic Band and his New Trio) – and new music from tenor sax master George Coleman, singer Nicholas Bearde, harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens, and trumpeter Jim Rotondi.

Tuesday 6.7.16

Monday, June 6

Global Village marks the birthday of Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander; continues with more music from June featured artists Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble – this time with music from Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, who composed for the Ensemble; and highlights music from the new studio release, Culcha Vulcha, from Snarky Puppy and new reggae albums from Natty Nation, and the Wailing Wailers (a reissue of the debut album from the original Wailers lineup of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer).

June 10/15

Crossroads marks birthdays of blues greats Howlin’ Wolf (June 10) and Leroy Carr (June 12) this week. Plus more music for the June feature celebrating the 45th anniversary of Alligator Records. Artists featured this time include Fenton Robinson, Albert Collins, Son Seals, Saffire – the Uppity Blues Women, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins and more.

Album Cover Art

1.          Carla Bley – Andando el Tiempo (ECM)

2.          Charles Lloyd & the Marvels - I Long to See You (Blue Note)

3.          Ed Cherry – Soultree (Posi-Tone)

4.          Joe Chambers – Landscapes (Savant)

5.          Hristo Vitchev – In Search of Wonders (Hristo Vitchev)

6.          Herlin Riley - New Direction (Mack Avenue)

7.          Freddy Cole – He Was the King (High Note)

8.          Kevin Mahogany - The Vienna Affair (Mahogany Jazz)

Album Cover Art

1.       Anoushka Shankar – Land of Gold (Deutsche Grammophon)

2.       Buyepongo – Todo Mundo (Buyepongo)

3.       Fela Ransome Kuti & Koola Lobitos – Highlife-Jazz and Afro Soul (Knitting Factory)

4.       Lakou Mizik – Wa Di You (Cumbancha)

5.       Various – Rough Guide to a World of Psychedelia (World Music Network)

6.       Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – It’s Time (Slow Walk Music)

7.       Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home (Sony Masterworks)

1.       Bonnie Raitt – Dig in Deep (Red Wing)

2.       Johnny Winter – Live in Sweden (MVD)

3.       Eric Bibb – North Country Far (Stony Plain)

4.       Cha Wa – Funk ‘n’ Feathers (Upt Music)

5.       Mac Arnold & Plate Full o’ Blues – Give It Away (Plantation #1 Productions)

6.       Guy King – The Truth (Delmark)

7.       Luther Dickinson - Blues and Ballads (New West)

8.       C.W. Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo (King Hokum)