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 12.28.15

Night Train celebrates a long list of birthdays tonight – including guitarist Joe Cohn, drummer Ed Thigpen, keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith, saxophonist Ted Nash, and pianists Michel Petrucciani and Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines. Plus new music from WSU Jazz Guitar professor William Flynn, flutist Andrea Brachfeld, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band and more.

Tuesday 12.29.15

Monday, December 29

Global Village marks birthdays of two great American roots artists and members of inspired family groups - Pops Staples of the Staple Singers and Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers. Plus new music from St. Germain, Vieux Farka Toure with Julia Easterlin, Richard Thompson, and some rare music from Zambia from Brian Chilala.

Tuesday, December 29

January 1/3

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2015 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Crossroads: Best of 2015

Dec 24, 2015

It was a strong year for new blues albums across virtually every style - from roots to blues rock to acoustic to soul blues to sacred steel inspired work. All of that and more is reflected in the Crossroads favorites for the year. We'll be featuring them, along with the newly announced Blues Music Awards nominees, Maple Blues nominees and winners (announced January 18), other significant releases, as well as tributes to the artists we lost in the past year throughout January on the show.

Pessimists may say jazz is losing ground, but certainly not in terms of artistic vibrancy, diversity, and sheer beauty. This year's releases offered a host of different influences: mainstream, adventurous, soul and funk and second line inspired, classically rooted, world music based, creative approaches to big band, even a project inspired by Finnish folk songs. But far and away the most amazing album of the year came from Maria Schneider.

For the most part, music biographies only have so much charm. Many tend to be rather plodding, with dull as dishwater writing to drag things down a bit more. So unless you have a particular interest in the artist, they don't really command much attention. On the other hand, there is a growing body of work that looks at broader questions about contemporary music and (despite an often rather overly 'academic' writing style) leaves readers with much to chew on. This year contributed several interesting new additions to that literature.

Blues Holiday Specials

Dec 22, 2015

December 25/27

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Monday 12.21.15

Lots of seasonal favorites on tap tonight on the Night Train, including some Chipmunk and Charlie Brown Christmas songs, along with holiday music from jazz legend Dave Brubeck, pianist Duke Pearson, Paul Zauner's Christmas All Stars, and singers Betty Carter and Mary Stallings.

Tuesday 12.22.15

Monday, December 21

Global Village marks the birthday of legendary flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, who was known both for his technical brilliance and as a pioneer of the ‘new flamenco.’ This special edition of the show highlights music  from throughout his career, including his first big hit in 1973 - “Entre Dos Aguas” - and the  Latin Grammy-winning Cositas Buenas album, as well as collaborations with flamenco singer Camaron de la Isla, the Guitar Trio (with Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin) and Chick Corea.