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, December 18

Some different Afrobeat sounds this time in the Global Village with music from Afro-Latin Afrobeat band Esso Afrojam Funkbeat, Toronto’s Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, Antibalas, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, and Afrobeat in a different time signature from Fela’s son, Femi Kuti.

Tuesday, December 19

Global Village marks the birthdays of New Orleans legend Professor Longhair and the Father of Ethiojazz Mulatu Astatke. Plus new music from Cuban pianist Hilario Duran, Gullah band Ranky Tanky, roots reggae group The Expanders, and The Original Sound of Burkina Faso compilation.

Wednesday, December 20

It’s a Global Village holiday extravaganza, featuring seasonal favorites done world music style and holiday songs from various corners of the globe. Highlights include the salsa Christmas classic Asalto Navideño, a favorite from Louis Armstrong, a tiny Nutcracker from the Modern Mandolin Quartet, a holiday favorite done punk-polka style by Brave Combo, and songs of the season from the Caribbean and New Orleans.

Thursday, December 21

Global Village marks the first day of winter with a show devoted to songs of the season. Artists featured include Leonard Cohen, Gil Scott-Heron, Boys of the Lough, Bebel Gilberto, ErsatzMusika, Loreena McKennitt, Esquivel and more.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also mark the Winter Solstice tonight.)

Friday, December 22

It’s a Global Village holiday extravaganza, featuring seasonal favorites done world music style and holiday songs from various corners of the globe. Highlights include some of Grant Green’s “Favorite Things,” a trenchant holiday original from Pumpkin Head Ted, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones with Tuvan throat singers with an inventive new take on a holiday favorite, a gypsy jazz celebration from the Gypsy Hombres, some Caribbean seasonal favorites, a South African reinterpretation of a holiday classic, and music from A Nomad Christmas.

Crossroads Holiday Show

Dec 19, 2017

December 22/24

It’s holiday time at the Crossroads, as the show features the best of blues, R&B and gospel seasonal favorites – including classics from B.B. King, Charles Brown, Ray Charles, the Persuasions, and Etta James; gospel groups the Campbell Brothers and the Swan Silvertones; and some quirky favorites from Swamp Dogg, Sonny Rhodes, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials and Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Wilson.

Monday 12.11.17

Night Train marks the birthday of one of the giants of jazz piano, McCoy Tyner, with music he did as a leader, along with John Coltrane, Grant Green and Joe Henderson, and in a concert special in hour two of the show. Plus new music from trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Jacques Lesure, and bassist Gerald Cannon.

Tuesday 12.12.17

Night Train marks a host of jazz birthdays tonight – including singers Joe Williams and Bob Dorough, saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., accordionist Richard Galliano, and pianists John Hicks and Toshiko Akiyoshi. It’s also the birthday of Frank Sinatra and there’s a special in hour two exploring his musical legacy.

Wednesday 12.13.17

Night Train highlights some big bands and large ensembles – including those led by Carla Bley, Gil Evans and Duke Ellington, along with the WDR Big Band, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, the Great American Music Ensemble, and Randy Brecker with the WDR Big Band. Plus music from vocalists Kevin Mahogany, the New York Voices, Billy Eckstine and Ernestine Anderson, and classics from Quincy Jones, Paul Gonsalves, and Jimmy Smith with Wes Montgomery.

Thursday 12.14.17

Night Train highlights music from three artists born on this day: trombonist Dan Barrett (as a leader and with the Alden/Barrett Quintet), trumpeter Clark Terry (as a leader and with Dinah Washington), and baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne (also as a leader and with Dinah Washington, and guesting with Kenny Burrell, Kenny Dorham, and Cannonball Adderley). Plus new music from bassist, singer and composer Katie Thiroux, pianist and composer Yoko Miwa, trombonist Roswell Rudd, and the new Bird tribute, The Passion of Charlie Parker.

Blues Holiday Specials

Dec 11, 2017

December 15/17

Crossroads takes a holiday to make way for blues holiday specials from Blue Dimensions and Juke in the Back.

Monday, December 11

It’s National Tango Day in Argentina – marking the birthdays of two giants of traditional tango born on this day – Carlos Gardel and Julio de Caro. Global Village celebrates with both classic and new tango music from Argentina and around the globe. Among the artists featured are Carlos Gardel, new tango pioneer Astor Piazolla, Pedro’s Heavy Gentlemen from Finland, and Spanish techno-tango band Otros Aires.

Tuesday, December 12

Global Village marks Jamhuri or Republic Day, celebrating the independence of Kenya, with a program devoted to Kenyan music from a variety of artists, including benga pioneer and star D.O. Misiani, the Kenyan-American group Extra Golden, the guitar and bottle band Abana Ba Nasery, and a new and first studio album released internationally by a popular group of Congolese musicians who made their career in Kenya, Orchestre Les Mangelepa.

Wednesday, December 13

Global Village this time is devoted to brass band music from around the globe – including music from New Orleans, the Balkans, Italy, Japan, India, Benin and more. Among the bands featured – the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Fanfare Ciocarlia, the Boban Markovic Orkestar, the Gangbe Brass Band, Red Baraat, and the Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra.

Thursday, December 14

This time in the Global Village it’s classic and contemporary reggae and some reggae from unusual places – including Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, Rita Marley, the Gladiators, and reggae revivalist Jesse Royal from Jamaica, New Zealand’s Black Seeds, Greek-American reggae performer Christos DC, Ghanian reggae artist Rocky Dawuni, and roots reggae classics revisited on a new album from the Expanders, and reggae meets Bollywood with MC Yogi.

Friday, December 14

Global Village marks the birthday of Latin music legend, pianist, composer, bandleader and multiple Grammy winner Eddie Palmieri with music from albums he did as a leader, with Tito Puente and as a guest with contemporary Latin band Ozomatli. Plus new music from the Souljazz Orchestra, Ladama, and Baraka Moon.

Monday 12.4.17

Night Train begins the week with birthday salutes to jazz guitar great Jim Hall and contemporary vocal star Cassandra Wilson. We’ll hear Hall as a leader, in a duo setting with Ron Carter, and with Paul Desmond, and the Chico Hamilton Quintet; and Wilson is featured on solo albums and with Tom Harrell, and Steve Turre. Plus new music from Jerome Jennings and Christian Sands (who both worked with Christian McBride), vibes player Behn Gillece, and the Bill Charlap Trio.

Tuesday 12.5.17

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to mark Walt Disney’s birthday with jazz versions of songs from Disney films – including music from the new Jazz Loves Disney 2 album, Dave Brubeck’s Dave Digs Disney album, the Jazz Network’s Beauty and the Beast album of Disney music and more. It’s also the birthday of two acclaimed Italian pianists Enrico Pieranunzi and Stefano Bollani, and of saxophonist Corey Weeds and Night Train has music from all three, including Weeds’ new album featuring jazz versions of songs from Earth, Wind & Fire.

Wednesday 12.6.17

Birthdays of tenor player and jazz oboe pioneer Bob Cooper, bassists Harvie S and Miroslav Vitous, and the legendary pianist Dave Brubeck (including an early recording with his Octet, a later version of “Take Five,” and a Jazz Profiles special in hour two). Plus new music from singer Stacey Kent, flutist Nestor Torres and guitarist Corey Christiansen.

Thursday 12.7.17

Night Train highlights some new standards tonight – include a Willie Dixon classic by Hank Crawford, Freddy Cole “Singing the Blues,” an Aretha Franklin hit done by the Brad Goode Quartet,  Ben Flocks doing Dylan, Dave Stryker and David Fathead Newman with Curtis Mayfield covers, and a Stevie Wonder tune from Theo Croker. Plus jazz legends Stanley Turrentine, Charlie Haden and Ahmad Jamal.

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December 8/10

Crossroads remembers Gregg Allman for his December 8th birthday with music he did with the Allman Brothers Band and as a solo artist, along with a special in hour two about the making of his final album, Southern Blood. Plus new music from Kim Wilson and Duke Robillard, a classic from John Lee Hooker, and more.

On Friday, December 8 Strange Currency and Crossroads are teaming up to remember musician Gregg Allman on the 70th anniversary of his birthday.

Starting at 8:00 p.m., Strange Currency remembers Gregg Allman with music from his catalogue and selections that inspired him. Plus work from Paul Westerberg, Dean Ween and Jackson Browne.

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  1. Vincent Herring – Hard Times (Smoke Sessions)


  1. Christian McBride Big Band – Bringin’ It (Mack Avenue)
  1. Pat Martino – Formidable (High Note)
  1. Johnny O’Neal – In the Moment (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Cory Weds – Let’s Groove: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire (Cellar Live)
  1. Cecile McLorin Salvant – Dreams and Daggers (Mack Avenue)
  1. Roswell Rudd – Embrace (Rare Noise)
  1. Behn Gillece – Walk of Fire (Posi-Tone)
  1. Ben Allison – Layers of the City (Sonic Camera)
  1. Bill Charlap Trio – Uptown, Downtown (Impulse)

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  1. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – Soul of a Woman (Daptone)


  1. Rick Estrin & the Nightcats – Groovin’ in Greaseland (Alligator)
  1. Van Morrison – Roll With the Punches (Exile/Caroline)
  1. Wee Willie Walker & the Andy Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While (Blue Dot)
  1. Various Artists – Jesus Rocked the Juke Box (Craft)
  1. Chickenbone Slim – The Big Beat (Chickenbone Slim)
  1. Savoy Brown – Witchy Feelin’ (Ruf)
  1. Altered Five Blues Band – Charmed and Dangerous (Blind Pig)
  1. Al Basile – Quiet Money (SweetSpot)
  1. Sherman Holmes Project – The Richmond Sessions (M.C.)