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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August 26/28

Crossroads wraps up the August blues harmonica feature with music from contemporary players and new releases featuring the instrument. Among the artists featured: Bob Corritore, Billy Branch, William Clarke, Curtis Salgado, Rod Piazza, and Jason Ricci.

Sad news today of the passing of one of the greats of jazz vibes, Bobby Hutcherson. In a career that spanned nearly seven decades and 50 albums, he redefined the instrument for the post-bop era. 

All next week KMUW's Night Train will feature music from throughout his career.

Here's more information from NPR: Bobby Hutcherson, Jazz Vibraphone Modernist, Has Died

Monday 8.15.16

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of pianist Oscar Peterson and drummer Stix Hooper (of the Crusaders), kicks off a week-long celebration of Brazilian jazz in honor of the Olympics (including music this time from Klaus Mueller’s new album, Village Samba), and continues with more music from August featured artist Kenny Burrell – with a track from one of his best recordings, Ellington is Forever.

Tuesday 8.16.16

Monday, August 15

With all eyes on Rio, Global Village joins in the fun with music from Brazil throughout the entire week. We kick things off with a show that highlights some sounds from modern Brazil – including two albums featuring Vinicius Cantuaria (one with Bill Frisell, the other with Ricardo Silveira), also the ‘nova bossa nova’ band Bossacucanova, and neo-tropicalia group Garotas Suecas. Plus reggae legends Toots & the Maytals, and a little musical diversion from Steely Dan.

Tuesday, August 16

August 19/21

This week at the Crossroads, for the August Blues Harmonica feature, it’s blues harp legends – the key figures who made the harmonica a central instrument in the blues, pioneering  new sounds and styles, and developed their own distinctive approach to the instrument. Among the artists featured are Big Walter, Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Sonny Terry, Billy Boy Arnold, and Sonny Boy Williamson I and II.

Monday 8.8.16

Inspired by the major exhibition of works by Matisse in Oklahoma City now and Matisse’s paper collage collection that came out under the title of Jazz, Night Train highlights jazz artists and pieces inspired by Matisse from Wynton Marsalis, Jim Hall, Ted Nash, and the new Matisse Jazz Project album. Plus more music from August featured artist Kenny Burrell, and a birthday salute to saxophonist, composer, arranger and band leader Benny Carter, including a Savannah Music Festival special, Warren Vache Plays Carter, in hour two of the show.

Monday, August 8

Global Village marks the birthday of English folk guitar great John Renbourn and also features music from his bandmate in Pentangle, Bert Jansch. We’ll hear music they did as a duo and as part of Pentangle, along with solo projects from both, including two new reissues from Jansch, From the Outside and his classic instrumental album, Avocet. Plus more from August featured artist Tony Allen, from his third solo album, No Accommodation for Lagos, done with Fela’s Africa 70 band – and new music from Ayreheart and Constantinople.

August 12/14

Crossroads highlights the blues harmonica – from classic to contemporary throughout August, including music this week from Mark Hummel, Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, and Moreland & Arbuckle.

And the Living Blues Awards have just announced the winners in both the Readers’ and Critics’ polls and throughout August Crossroads will also feature music from those winners. This time it’s music from Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Otis Clay, and Allen Toussaint.

Monday 8.1.16

Night Train kicks off the August feature in honor of guitarist Kenny Burrell’s 85th birthday with music he and other artists did from one of Burrell’s favorite composers, Duke Ellington. Along with Burrell, there’s Ellington compositions from John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, Red Mitchell with Roger Kellaway, Red Garland, Oscar Peterson, and the Jeff Hamilton Trio – and on new albums from Benny Golson, Sarah King & the Smoke Rings, Allen Toussaint, Dan Cray, and Lafayette Harris, Jr.

Tuesday 8.2.16

Monday, August 1

Global Village marks the 45th anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh, which took place on August 1, 1971 in Madison Square Garden.  The groundbreaking event was the first and a template for the many benefit concerts that followed to aid a variety of humanitarian efforts. Global Village features music from the Concert from the two key artists who helped put the event together - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar – along with music from other artists who performed there.

Tuesday, August 2