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, April 23

More global guitars this time in the Global Village for the April Guitar Month feature, including Indian electric guitarist Prasanna, Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, Jamaican guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, the guitar duo of Larry Coryell and Steve Khan, a flamenco guitar/ukulele duo with Pepe Romero and Daniel Ho, the Montreal Guitare Trio, Mandinka guitar master Djessou Mory Kante, and Malagasy guitarist D’Gary.

Tuesday, April 24

Global Village marks the birthday of John Williams, exploring some of the world music projects the acclaimed classical guitarist has done. It’s also the birthday of Cuban-born percussionist Horacio Hernandez and of percussionist Collin Walcott, who was a founding member of the pioneering world chamber jazz ensemble, Oregon, and part of the Codona trio with Don Cherry and Nana Vasconcelos.

Wednesday, April 25

In conjunction with the April Guitar Month feature, Global Village highlights guitar duos from around the globe. We’ll hear Malian legend Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder; Maninka guitar master Djessou Mory Kante with one of Africa’s greatest players, Djelimady Tounkara; Brazilian brothers Sergio and Odair Assad; the popular Costa Rican/Iranian duo of Strunz & Farah; and from Vietnam, Nguyen Le with Ngo Hong Quang.

Thursday, April 26

Today is Union Day, marking the date in 1964 when Tanganyika and Zanzibar united to become Tanzania. We’ll highlight music from some of the great guitar bands from that country, including Remmy Ongala, the Vijana Jazz Band and more; showcase groups from Zanzibar, including the Culture Musical Club performing with world-blues artist Taj Mahal, and the century old Ikhwani Saffa Musical Club; and conclude with a lovely piece called Tanganyika from a 1950s album of the same name from the Buddy Collette-Chico Hamilton Sextet.

Friday, April 27

Global Village marks Independence Day in Sierra Leone with music from that African nation, including Janka Nabay (who just passed away at the beginning of this month), Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, palm wine guitarist S.E. Rogie, and a compilation of ‘50s palm wine music from Sierra Leone from the Original Music label established by pioneering world music writer and label owner John Storm Roberts.

Monday 4.16.18

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Ulf Wakenius, flutist Herbie Mann and composer Henry Mancini, and features new music from the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (celebrating the 60th anniversary of Dave Brubeck’s groundbreaking State Department Tour), guitarist Jacques Lesure, and soul jazz duo Mike Clark and Delbert Bump. Then in hour two, for the April Guitar Month feature, a special performance from guitarist Larry Coryell with Mark Egan and Paul Wertico.

Tuesday 4.17.18

Great guitars (for the April International Guitar Month feature) and tribute albums are the focus tonight on the Night Train, with music from guitarists Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton (with Wynton Marsalis), Russell Malone, Pat Martino, and the Deep Blue Organ Trio featuring guitarist Bobby Broom. Tribute albums on tap include Swingadelic’s salute to Duke Pearson, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s tribute to Billie Holiday, Bill Frisell’s collection of songs from John Lennon, Alan Pasqua doing music of Bill Evans, and Conrad Herwig showcasing the “Latin Side of Herbie Hancock.”

Wednesday 4.18.18

While KMUW’s music shows have been celebrating Guitar Month, April is also Poetry Month and tonight Night Train marks the occasion with music from jazz artists inspired by such great poets as T.S. Eliott, Emily Dickenson, Elizabeth Bishop, Carl Sandburg, ee cummings, and more. We’ll hear performances from Matt Wilson, Patricia Barber, June Christy, Kurt Elling, Langston Hughes, Gil Scott-Heron and Tin Hat, among others. It’s also the birthday of singer and songwriter Madeleine Peyroux and in the first hour we’ll hear her do a piece inspired by a W.H. Auden poem and then in hour two, she’s the special guest in a Song Travels special.

Thursday 4.19.18

In conjunction with the April Guitar Month feature, Night Train features some great guitarists, classic and contemporary, tonight. Among the artists featured are Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Kenny Burrell, John Abercrombie, Al DiMeola, Steve Khan, and Larry Coryell with John Scofield and Joe Beck. Plus the latest from bassist Kyle Eastwood, saxophonist Steve Slagle, organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, and singer Kate McGarry.

Monday, April 16

Global Village highlights music from world-jazz flutist Herbie Mann and from acoustic guitarist Stefan Grossman for their birthdays. We’ll hear Mann’s explorations of Latin, Middle Eastern and Eastern European music, and Grossman with another acclaimed traditional guitarist, John Renbourn, and as a solo artist. Plus new music from Karavan Sarai, 3MA, Samurai Accordion, and Brenda Navarrete, and as we continue our April World Guitar Month feature, music from Indian guitarist Prasanna’s tribute to Jimi Hendrix.

Tuesday, April 17

For the April Guitar Month feature, Global Village travels the globe for a fascinating array of guitar artists and styles, including two great Nigerian guitar bands led by Prince Nico and King Sunny Ade, Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya with a tribute to Hawaiian guitarist Tau Moe, flamenco guitarist Jose ‘El Piru’ with French cellist Matthieu Saglio, Marc Ribot with his prosthetic or false Cubans, and a new album featuring three great players collectively known as the Malagasy Guitar Masters.

Wednesday, April 18

Global Village marks Independence Day of Zimbabwe with music from a number of artists from that country, including the legendary Thomas Mapfumo whose chimurenga music was an integral part of the independence movement; acclaimed singer-songwriter Oliver Mtukudzi; traditional mbira player Ephat Mujuru; one of the first major female artists to play mbira, Stella Chiweshe; and popular dance bands, the Bhundu Boys and the Four Brothers.

Thursday, April 19

Global Village highlights the roots reggae revival and some of the premier Jamaican artists who have shaped the roots renaissance recently in Jamaica, including Protoje, Jah9, Chronixx, Raging Fyah, Kabaka Pyramid, and Jesse Royal.  And for the April World Guitars feature some African guitar music from Leni Stern and the Tuareg/desert blues guitar band Imarhan.

Friday, April 20

More global guitars for the Global Village April Guitar Month feature, including eight-string guitar master Charlie Hunter with two Jamaican greats – Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith and Ernest Ranglin, Buena Vista Social Club and Los Zafiros guitarist Manuel Galban, and traditional guitarist Dean Magraw. Plus birthday salutes to Latin music legend Tito Puente and reggae star Steven Marley, and new music from Spanglish Fly, and Sly and Robbie Meet Dubmatix.

April 20/22

Crossroads continues the April Guitar Month feature with music from Jimmie Vaughan (including a special featuring him in hour two of the show), Earl Hooker, Dave Specter, Peter Parcek and Eric Clapton. Plus a preview of a new album from Van Morrison with organist Joey DeFrancesco, and new music from Al Basile, Danielle Nicole, Orphan Jon & the Abandoned and the Nick Moss Band.

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KMUW Music is celebrating International Day of Human Space Flight, marking the first human flight in outer space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Thursday, April 12 for five hours of space-inspired music.

Monday 4.9.18

Night Train marks two birthdays tonight: veteran drummer Steve Gadd (with music with his own band, including a new self-titled set just out from the group, and with Chick Corea on a new release and from the classic My Spanish Heart album) and soul jazz organist Reuben Wilson (from his own albums and with the Masters and Godfathers of Groove). Also more great guitars for the April feature, including Kenny Burrell, Pat Martino, Steve Khan, and Ed Cherry – and new music from B3B4, Edward Simon, Alfredo Rodriguez, and the Unhinged Sextet.

Tuesday 4.10.18

Night Train marks a number of birthdays tonight, including guitarist George Freeman, pianists Denny Zeitlin and Omar Sosa, third stream pianist and composer Claude Bolling, and organist Joey DeFrancesco (including a preview of his new album with Van Morrison out later this month and a special concert performance from the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show.) Plus music from the Reunion Project with guitarist Chico Pinheiro, the next artist featured on the special series Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival on April 30th.

Wednesday 4.11.18

Throughout April, Night Train celebrates International Guitar Month with music from jazz giants and rising stars. Featured tonight are contemporary players Pat Metheny, Larry Coryell, and Hristo Vitchev, classic tracks from guitar legends Jim Hall and Herb Ellis (from an album he did in tribute to jazz guitar pioneer Charlie Christian), Project G-7 celebrating the legacy of Wes Montgomery, and the group Trio da Paz with Brazilian guitar master Romero Lubambo.

Thursday 4.12.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Day of Human Space Flight, marking the first human flight in outer space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. We’ll hear space inspired music from Joshua Breakstone, Diana Krall, Tito Puente and, of course, Sun Ra. It’s also Herbie Hancock’s birthday and we’ll hear some space-related music from him in hour one and feature a special focused on his breakthrough work in the 1960s in hour two of the show.

Monday, April 9

Global Village explores music from and inspired by Ethiopia including the groundbreaking Ethiopiques series, U.S. based singer Aster Aweke, contemporary instrumental band Qwanqwa, the father of Ethio-jazz Mulatu Astatke, and Dub Colossus. We also continue the April International Guitar Month feature with music from English folk rock singer, songwriter and guitarist John Martyn and Tuareg /desert rock guitar band Tinarawen.

Tuesday, April 10

Global Village marks birthdays of reggae artist Bunny Wailer (one of the original Wailers), leading Afro-Cuban jazz artist Omar Sosa, and exotica pioneer Martin Denny. Plus more music for the April International Guitar Month feature, this time from South Africa’s Derek Gripper, Brazil’s Luiz Bonfa, and Mali’s Oumar Konate – and new music from the South American group Che Sudaka and Cape Verde’s Lucibela.

Wednesday, April 11

In conjunction with our April World Guitar feature, Brazilian guitarists featured this time in the Global Village, including music from Baden Powell, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Romero Lubambo, Vinicius Cantuaria (with Bill Frisell) and Chico Pinheiro (the featured artist for April’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show April 30th). We’ll also hear new music from Julio Pereira, Nutopia, Sameer Gupta, the Modus Quartet, and Paa Kow.

Thursday, April 12

It’s International Day of Human Space Flight (or as it is celebrated in Russia, Cosmonaut Day) marking the first human flight in outer space by Yuri Gagarin in 1961. Global Village celebrates the occasion with some out of this world sounds from Sun Ra, The Byrds, The Bonzo Dog Band, Les Baxter, Funkadelic, Sheb Wooley, Piccola Orchestra Gagarin, and in honor of one of the first dogs sent into space, music from the Finnish rock band, Laika & the Cosmonauts.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also mark International Day of Human Space Flight tonight with space age rock and jazz.)

Friday, April 13

This time in the Global Village, for the April World Guitar feature, it’s music from Spanish guitar and guitarists. We’ll hear legendary new flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, classical guitarist John Williams (performing Rodrigo’s famous Concerto de Arunjeuz), and folkloric guitarist Pipo Romero. Plus new music from the Italian group Alba, Moroccan group Gabacho Maroc, and Syrian musician and composer Maya Youssef.

April 13/15

Crossroads features great blues guitarists for the April International Guitar Month feature, including a Stevie Ray Vaughan special in hour two of the show.

Plus blues concert previews for the coming week; birthdays of Al Green, Lowell George, and pioneering Crescent City studio owner Cosimo Matassa; new releases and more.

April 6/8

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:

Blues from Finland from the Wentus Blues Band

Myles Goodwyn with an all-star lineup of blues friends

The Jimmie Vaughan Trio

An all-star Chicago blues lineup in the Rockwell Avenue Blues Band

A preview of Crescent City bluesman Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington’s new album

And reissues and compilations featuring Jimi Hendrix, Blind Willie McTell, Robert Nighthawk, Otis Blackwell, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Dr. John.

Album cover art

  1. Dr. Lonnie Smith – All in My Mind (Blue Note)


  1. Alfredo Rodriguez – The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  1. Hristo Vitchev Quartet – Of Light and Shadows (First Orbit Sounds)
  1. Leslie Pintchik – You Eat My Food…(Pintch Hard)
  1. Pat Martino – Formidable (High Note)
  1. Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band – Chinese Butterfly (Stretch/Concord)
  1. Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – After the Fall (ECM)
  1. Peter Sommer Septet – Happy-Go-Lucky Locals (Peter Sommer Music)
  1. George Kahn – Straight Ahead (Playing Records)
  1. Ben Paterson – That Old Feeling (Cellar Live)