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 12.12.16

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., jazz accordionist Richard Galliano, singer and songwriter (including for Schoolhouse Rock) Bob Dorough, drummer Tony Williams, singer Joe Williams and pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi. Plus new music from Kansas City soul jazz organist Chris Hazelton, teen jazz phenom Joey Alexander, and legendary guitarist Kenny Burrell.

Tuesday 12.13.16

Monday, December 12

Yesterday (December 11) was Independence Day in Burkina Faso and Global Village marks the occasion with a show devoted to music from that West African nation. Highlights include music from one of the country’s most revered musicians, Amadou Balake; pioneering electronic group Burkina Electric; the internationally acclaimed group Farafina; traditional artists Gabin Dabire and Le Freres Coulibaly; and the Bambara Mystic Soul compilation that highlighted the rich and diverse music of ‘70s Burkina Faso.

December 16/18

Crossroads celebrates a constellation of blues birthdays around this weekend, foremost being that of Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. We’ll feature a number of tracks from the new Stones’ blues album, Blue and Lonesome, and have a Keef special in hour two. Birthday blues men also include Sugar Blue, Rod Piazza, Lonnie Brooks, Robben Ford and Billy Gibbons (from ZZ Top).

Monday 12.5.16

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to mark the birthday of Walt Disney with jazz versions of songs from Disney films performed by Dave Brubeck, Peggy Lee, The Jazz Networks, Esperanza Spalding and more. Plus birthday salutes to saxophonist Cory Weeds and pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, and new releases from Erroll Garner, Bill Evans, the Mike Jones Trio, and Dave Stryker.

Tuesday 12.6.16

Monday, December 5

Global Village celebrates the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with a visit to ‘Disney World’ – a program featuring world, jazz, and other unusual versions of what have become iconic songs from Disney films like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp and other classics. We’ll hear unique versions of those songs from the likes of Los Lobos, Miles Davis, Buster Poindexter, Peggy Lee and more.

Tuesday, December 6

December 9/11

Crossroads celebrates birthdays of blues harp legend Junior Wells (12.9) and Big Mama Thornton (12.11) with some of their classic recordings, along with covers of Thornton songs and a special featuring music from throughout her career in hour two of the show. Also new music in store from Ronnie Earl, Trudy Lynn and Melissa Etheridge.

Album Cover Art

  1. Mighty Sam McClain – Time and Change (KKV)


  1. Dr. John – The Musical Mojo of Dr. John (Concord)


  1. The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Strong Like That (Severn)


  1. David Bromberg Band – The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues (Red House)


  1. Melissa Etheridge – Memphis Rock and Soul (Stax)


  1. Nancy Wright – Playdate! (Vizztone)


Album Cover Art

  1. Tiken Jah Fakoly – Racines (Barclay)


  1. Lorraine Klaasen - Nouvelle Journee (Justin Time)


  1. Various – Tanbou Toujou Lou (Ostinato)


  1. Various artists – Urgent Jumping! (Sterns Music)


  1. Jean-Guihen Queyras – Thrace: Sunday Morning Sessions (Harmonia Mundi)


  1. Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra – Brass Like It Hot (ARC Music)


Album Cover Art

  1. Catherine Russell- Harlem on My Mind (Jazz Village)


  1. Nat King Cole – The Complete US and UK Hits 1942-62 (Acrobat)


  1. Macy Gray – Stripped (Chesky)


  1. Mike LeDonne – That Feelin’ (Savant)


  1. Dave Stryker – Eight Track II I (StrikeZone)


  1. Shirley Horn – Live at the 4 Queens (Resonance)


Monday, November 28

Global Village remembers Latin jazz saxophonist Gato Barbieri for his birthday with music from some of his Chapter albums and the classic Bolivia. Plus more Haitian music for the November feature from Leyla McCalla, the Afro Haitian Experimental Orchestra with Tony Allen, and the recent Tanbou Toujou Lou compilation.

Tuesday, November 29