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 20/27

Crossroads wraps up its month-long John Lee Hooker centennial birthday feature with music from across his career (including from a new best-of set), along with music from his children, John Lee Hooker Jr. and Zakiya Hooker.

Plus music from artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week – and new music from John Primer with Bob Corritore, Monster Mike Welch with Mike Ledbetter, Robert Cray with Hi Rhythm, the Sons of the Soul Revivers, a forthcoming post-war small gospel groups compilation – Jesus Rocked the Juke Box, and Johnny De Francesco’s tribute to B.B. King’s classic album, Live at the Regal, with Duke Jethro, the keyboardist on the original recording.

KMUW Music is celebrating the centennial birthday of blues legend John Lee Hooker. Hear selections from across his career as Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train join forces for this special feature. Tune in on Tuesday, August 22 from 7:00 to midnight. 

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Monday 8.14.17

Night Train marks birthdays of soul jazz organist Tony Monaco, singer Lorez Alexandria, pianist and songwriter Ben Sidran, and pianist and vocalist Jeannie Cheatham. Plus more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, with two trios – the Gateway lineup with John Abercrombie and Dave Holland, and the ‘Standards Trio’ with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock – and new music from Bria Skonberg, Kevin Eubanks, Louis Hayes, Barbara Morrison, and a previously unreleased live performance from the Wynton Kelly Trio with Wes Montgomery.

Tuesday 8.15.17

Night Train celebrates birthdays of drummer Stix Hooper of the Crusaders and jazz piano great Oscar Peterson tonight. There’s also more from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, including music with the ‘Standards Trio’ with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock – and new music from organist Akiko Tsuruga, a previously unreleased live set from Jaco Pastorius, and the debut release from award-winning singer and rising star Jazzmeia Horn.

Wednesday 8.16.17

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train for Ellington band vocalist Al Hibbler, legendary pianist Bill Evans, singer Mary Stalings and drummer Cecil Brooks III. We’ll also hear August featured artist Jack DeJohnette on the only studio recording he did with Bill Evans, which was just released in the last year, and there’s new music from the New Vision Sax Ensemble, Uptown Jazz Tentet, Katie Thiroux and John Pizzarelli’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the album that brought together Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Thursday 8.17.17

More birthday celebrations in store tonight on the Night Train – for soul jazz tenor man Ike Quebec, hard bop pianist and composer Duke Pearson, vibes player Cecilia Smith, and Sam Butera – leader of the band that back Louis Prima. We’ll also hear August featured artist Jack DeJohnette as a special guest with Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, and new music from pianists Ahmad Jamal and Mike Longo and trombonist Audrey Ochoa.

Monday, August 14

Global Village celebrates birthdays of English folk rock pioneer and Steeleye Span cofounder Maddy Prior, classic reggae artist Yabby You, and flamenco singer Estrella Morente – highlights new music from a trio of new releases featuring trios: the folk-jazz trio Quercus, UK folk group Lau and flamenco band Jerez Texas – and continues the August feature of music from Poncho Sanchez with a song featuring newly named 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves.

Tuesday, August 15

Global Village celebrates the birthday of drummer Stix Hooper, the last living member of the Crusaders, with music he did with the band and with B.B. King, Hugh Masekela and Grant Green. Plus music from August featured artist Poncho Sanchez, including music from the Freedom Sound album with two members of the Crusaders as special guests – and from his Latin Spirits album – and the latest from Santana with the Isley Brothers, Monoswezi, Orkesta Mendoza and the Kingston All Stars

Wednesday, August 16

Global Village highlights some wind instruments from around the world, including the Indian brass band Rajasthan Express, Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia, the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Gato Barbieri, bass clarinetist Oran Etkin and more.

Thursday, August 17

Birthday celebrations this time in the Global Village for Galician bagpiper and Silk Road Ensemble member Cristina Pato, oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, and singer Grazyna Auguscik, August featured artist Poncho Sanchez with Ray Charles, JB Horns players Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis, and keyboardist Billy Preston, and new music from Estonia’s Trad Attack!, the Cuba! Cuba! compilation, and a deluxe edition of Introducing Ruben Gonzalez of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Friday, August 18

Global Village celebrates Statehood Day, an annual holiday in Hawaii to mark its admission as a state in 1959. We’ll hear early Hawaiian guitar masters like Sol Hoopii, the legendary Gabby Pahinui with Ry Cooder, contemporary Slack Key guitar players including Ledward Kaapana and Leonard Kwan, and some interesting fusions of Hawaiian music with Indian, classical, flamenco and Taiwanese music from Debashish Bhattacharya, Daniel Ho and Keola Beamer.

August 18/20

Crossroads continues the John Lee Hooker Centennial Birthday feature with some early classics, a guest appearance with slide guitar Roy Rogers, music from his daughter Zakiya Hooker, and a cover by Living Blues Award winner Billy Branch.

Plus music from another Living Blues Award winner Rhiannon Giddens,  a celebration of Robert Plant’s birthday with the blues side of Led Zeppelin, and new music from Eric Bibb, Doug Macleod, and Chris ‘Bad News’ Barnes.

Monday 8.7.17

Night Train begins a week long tribute to guitarist, composer, band leader and session player Chuck Loeb, who passed away at the end of July, including music tonight from one of his last solo albums. Plus music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Herbie Hancock); birthday salutes to pianist Marcus Roberts (including a performance at the Savannah Music Festival), hornman Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and seven-string guitar pioneer George Van Eps; and new albums from Amanda Monaco, Tarek Yamani, Dave Liebman with Joe Lovano, and Russell Malone.

Tuesday 8.8.17

Night Train continues the August Jack DeJohnette feature with music he did as part of the Gateway trio with Dave Holland and John Abercrombie, and continues a week-long remembrance of guitarist Chuck Loeb with music tonight from his stint with Steps Ahead. Also tonight birthday tributes to saxophonist and composer Benny Carter, and blues-jazz singer Jimmy Witherspoon.

Wednesday 8.9.17

Today is the 75th birthday of August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, the acclaimed drummer who has worked with a who’s who of jazz artists - from his early work with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis, though a series of impressive groups of his own and scores of guest appearances, to his latest project as part of the Hudson jazz supergroup. In a special show devoted to his music, we’ll hear him with George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, the Standards Trio, McCoy Tyner, Hudson and more – and in hour two, a special about his groundbreaking work with Miles Davis.

Thursday 8.10.17

Night Train wraps up a week-long tribute to guitarist and composer Chuck Loeb with music he did as a leader and with both Stan Getz and Jim Hall. Plus more from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, this time with the Trio Beyond lineup with Larry Goldings and John Scofield. And birthday salutes to hard bop tenor man Arnett Cobb and also Philly Hammond B3 player Trudy Pitts, who is featured in a special in hour two of the show.

Monday, August 7

Global Village marks Ivory Coast Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that West African nation, including legendary artists and rising stars and a variety of styles, from traditionally inspired music to Ivorian reggae, soukous, afrobeat and zouglou sounds. Among the artists featured on the show are Alpha Blondy, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Dobet Gnahore, Pierre Antoine, and Jean Baptise Zibodi along with selections from the Ivory Coast Soul and Cote d’Ivoire 50th anniversary compilations.

Tuesday, August 8

Global Village pays tribute to John Renbourn for his birthday. The late guitarist and songwriter was a founding member of the popular English folk group, Pentangle, and a pioneering artist who brought together early music, blues, jazz and world influences in his work. The show highlights music from Pentangle as well as recordings under his own name, music he did with guitarist Stefan Grossman, and Grammy-nominated albums with Robin Williamson and the John Renbourn Group.

Wednesday, August 9

This time in the Global Village, some folk and neo-folk sounds from around the world. Among the highlights are Italian neo-folk accordionist Riccardo Tesi, the second album (and first to feature Sandy Denny) from Fairport Convention, Finnish neo-folk and bagpipe band Pare, Scotland’s Breabach, and new releases from Madagascar’s Toko Telo, Portugal’s Melech Mechaya, and the Palestinian oud and percussion Duo Sabil.

Thursday, August 10

It’s Latin-plus this time in the Global Village, as a variety of Latin styles come together with soul, jazz, Indian, reggae and more. We’ll hear the latest from Senegalese rumba band Orchestra Baobab, the Cuban a capella doo wop group Vocal Sampling, Latin jazz percussionist Ray Mantilla and Latin Indo Jazz pianist Mariah Parker, and contemporary Afro-Colombian group Systema Solar. Plus music from August featured artist Poncho Sanchez (with special guest, jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco), and some classic boogaloo from Joe Cuba and Mongo Santamaria.

Friday, August 11

One of the most popular styles from Africa, and a sound that has reached around the globe, is Fela’s Afrobeat. This time in the Global Village…the Afrobeat goes on, with music from Tony Allen, the drummer and musical director for Fela; one of Fela’s sons, Seun Kuti, heading up his father’s Egypt 80 band; and some contemporary bands inspired by Afrobeat, but adding their own unique influences to the style – London-based  Yaaba Funk and Brooklyn’s Zongo Junction.

August 11/13

Crossroads highlights music from August featured artist John Lee Hooker for his centennial birthday, including early classics he did for Chess and Vee Jay, his classic recording with Canned Heat, and a later release featuring special guest Robert Cray.

Also this week, music from the newly announced winners of Living Blues Critics’ and Readers’ Poll Awards, and new music from Johnny DeFrancesco with Duke Jethro (revisiting B.B. King’s classic album, Live at the Regal), Muddy Waters’ son Big Bill Morganfield, Coco Montoya, Elvin Bishop with his Big Fun Trio, and deep-soul singer Don Bryant.

Album Cover Art

  1. Toko Telo – Toy Raha Toy (Anio)


  1. Various artists – Zaire 74: The African Artists (Wrasse)
  1. Oumou Sangare – Nogoya (No Format!)
  1. Lila Downs – Salon, Lagrimas y Deseo (Sony Music)
  1. Songhoy Blues – Reistance (Fat Possum)
  1. Les Amazones d’Afrique – Republique Amazone (Real World)
  1. Ozomatli – Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica (Cleopatra)
  1. Sver – Fryd (Folkhall)
  1. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus: The Movement Continues (Tuff Gong)
  1. Tony Allen – A Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note)
  1. Quadro Nuevo & Cairo Steps – Flying Carpet (Fine Music)
  1. Dayme Arocena – Cubafonia (Brownswood)
  1. Ruben Gonzalez – Introducing Ruben Gongalez (World Circuit)
  1. Sabil – Zabad, Twilight Tide (Harmonia Mundi)
  1. Afrikan Protokol – Beyond the Grid (Abozame)
  1. Tunde Jeged & Derek Gripper – Mali in Oak (Globe Music)
  1. Omar Faruk Tekbilek – Love is My Religion (Adama)
  1. She’Koyokh – First Dance on Second Avenue (Riverboat)
  1. Les Yeux Noirs – A Band of Gypsies (Buda Musique)
  1. Divanhana – Live in Mostar (ARC Music)
  1. Omar Souleyman – To Syria, With Love (Mad Decent)
  1. Jowee Omicil – Let’s Bash (Jazz Village)
  1. Nomade Orquestra – Entre Mundos (Far Out Music)
  1. Various Artists – Putumayo Presents Cuba! Cuba! (Putumayo)
  1. Café Tacuba – Jei Beibi (Café Tacuba)
  1. Vasen – Brewed (Northside)
  1. Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen – Rimur (ECM)
  1. Kingston All Stars – Presenting Kingston All Stars (Roots and Wire)
  1. Ray Mantilla – High Voltage (Savant)
  1. Various artists – Pop Makossa (Analog Africa)
  1. Zampogneria – Fiumerapido (Finis Terre)
  1. Vocal Sampling – Asi de Sampling! (Zig Zag World)
  1. Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)
  1. Various – Togo Soul 70 (Hot Casa)
  1. Debashish Bhattacharya – Hawaii to Calcutta (Riverboat)
  1. Various Artists – Synthesize the Soul (Ostinato)
  1. Rakkatak – Small Pieces (Rakkatak)
  1. Amine & Hamza – Fertile Paradoxes (ARC Music)
  1. Tarek Yamani – Peninsular (Edict)

40.  Maes/Martin/Gruel – Feule Caracal (Buda Musique)

Album Cover Art

  1. Sonny Landreth – Recorded Live in Lafayette (Provogue)
  1. George Thorogood – Party of One (Rounder)
  1. Mavis Staples – I’ll Take You There (Blackbird)
  1. Bobby G & Curtis Grant Jr. and the Midnight Rockers – Still Standing (Third Street Cigar)
  1. Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint (Alligator)
  1. Roy Bookbinder – Road Songs and Stories (Peg Leg)
  1. Nick Schenebelen – Live in Kansas City (Vizztone)
  1. Robert Cray & High Rhythm – Robert Cray & High Rhythm (Jay-Vee)
  1. Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)
  1. Selwyn Birchwood – Pick Your Poison (Alligator)
  1. The Sons of the Soul Revivers – Live! Rancho Nicasio (Little Village Foundation)
  1. Taj Mahal & Keb’Mo’ – TajMo (Concord)
  1. Harrison Kennedy – Who U Tellin’? (Electro Fi)
  1. Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi – Sonny & Brownie's Last Train (M.C. Records)
  1. John McNamara – Rollin’ With It (Bahool)
  1. John Primer & Bob Corritore – Ain’t Nothing You Can Do! (Delta Groove)
  1. Monster Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter – Right Place, Right Time (Delta Groove)
  1. Zeshan B – Vetted (Minty Fresh)
  1. Williams, Wayne & Isaak – Big City, Back Country Blues (Brandon Isaak)
  1. Johnny DeFrancesco & Duke Jethro – A Tribute to B.B. King’s Live at the Regal (Ton A’ Chopps)
  1. Andy T Band – Double Strike (American Showplace Music)
  1. Hurricane Ruth – Ain’t Ready for the Grave (Hurricane Ruth)
  1. Doug MacLeod – Break the Chain (Reference)
  1. Linsey Alexander – Two Cats (Delmark)
  1. Sean Chambers – Trouble & Whiskey (American Showplace Music)
  1. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Louie, Louie, Louie (Savoy Jazz)
  1. Billy Flynn – Lonesome Highway (Delmark)
  1. Hector Anchondo Band – Roll the Dice (Hector Anchondo)
  1. Adrianna Marie – Kingdom of Swing (Vizztone)
  1. Patrick Recob – Perpetual Luau (Mr. Lucky’s Blues)
  1. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Live from the Fox Oakland (Fantasy)
  1. Old Crow Medicine Show – Best of Old Crow Medicine Show (Nettwork)
  1. Samantha Fish – Chills & Fever (Ruf)
  1. Gina Sicilia – Tug of War (BluElan)
  1. Chuck Berry – Chuck (Dual Tone)
  1. Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman (Sweet Mama)
  1. Big Bill Morganfield - Bloodstains on The Wall (Black Shuck)
  1. North Mississippi All Stars – Prayer for Peace (Legacy)
  1. Steve Krase – Should’ve Seen It Coming (Connor Ray Music)
  1. John Lee Hooker – Whiskey & Wimmen (Vee Jay)