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 6.5.17

Night Train kicks off the June feature celebrating the centennial birthday of Dave Lambert. As part of the famous Lambert, Hendricks & Ross lineup, Lambert helped to shape and popularize vocalese – the art of putting lyrics to jazz instrumentals, particularly famous jazz solos.  Along with music from Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, tonight’s show features vocalese artists Eddie Jefferson (doing the Night Train theme) and Manhattan Transfer. Plus birthday salutes to percussionist, trumpeter, and modern Latin Jazz master Jerry Gonzalez drummer, and to drummer Peter Erskine (from his new Dr. Um album, and performing with Bob Mintzer, Tierney Sutton, John Abercrombie, and with Jaco Pastorius on a new, previously unreleased live album). Night Train also kicks off a week-long salute to this year’s Jazz Journalist Association Award winners, including music this evening from Brian Lunch, Anat Cohen, and Claire Daly.

Tuesday 6.6.17

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Monty Alexander (including an appearance he made at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show) and guitarist Grant Green. Plus more for the June Vocalese feature in honor of Dave Lambert’s centennial birthday – this time from Annie Ross with Gerry Mulligan and as part of the Lambert, Hendricks & Ross lineup. And more Jazz Journalist Association Award winners, as Night Train features them this week, and new music from the Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, Doug Munro, and the recently reissued Charlie Parker Concert of the Century tribute from Dizzy Gillespie.

Wednesday 6.7.17

Night Train marks the birthday of guitarist Royce Campbell with music from his new album, Tea for Three, tributes to Henry Mancini and Wes Montgomery and more. Plus more music from the recently named Jazz Journalist Association Award winners, including Gregory Porter, Rene Marie, Kenny Barron, Jack DeJohnette (as part of the new Hudson lineup), Dr. Lonnie Smith and McCoy Tyner. 

Thursday 6.8.17

As part of the June feature celebrating Dave Lambert’s centennial and vocalese, Night Train highlights male jazz vocalists tonight – including vocalese pioneer Jon Hendricks and another vocalese master Mark Murphy, veterans Ernie Andrews and Andy Bey, rising stars Gregory Porter, Allan Harris, and Jose James, and beyond category – Bobby McFerrin.

Monday, June 5

Global Village kicks off the June Islands feature with a visit to our own Hawaiian Islands. 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 explore some interesting fusions of Hawaiian music with Indian, classical, flamenco and Taiwanese music from Debashish Bhattacharya, Daniel Ho and Keola Beamer.

Tuesday, June 6

Global Village celebrates National Day of Sweden, a holiday in that country since 1916, with a program devoted to a wide array of artists and styles of Swedish music – including neo-folk, folk rock, jazz and more. Among the artists and groups featured are Garmarna, Hoven Droven, E.S.T., Ale Moller with Lene Willemark (from the Nordan Suite and with Frifot), and new releases from Vasen, and Trio Mediaeval with Arve Henriksen.

Wednesday, June 7

It’s Union Dissolution Day in Norway, the date when the country ended a nearly century-long political union with Sweden. Global Village marks the occasion with a program devoted to music from Norway (though a number of bands include musicians and influences from Sweden, as cultural connections remain strong between the two countries).  The show features new music from the early music group Trio Mediaeval with Arve Henriksen, the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Griselda Sanderson (on Norwegian Hardanger fiddle) with Ricardo de Noronha, and the folk group Sver. Other Norwegian artists featured in the show include Jan Garbarek, Mari Boine, Sinikka Langeland, Terje Rypdal, and Bukkene Bruse.

Thursday, June 8

It’s World Oceans Day – an effort started by the Oceans Project in 2002 and recognized as an annual event by the United Nations since 2008 – to draw attention to the importance of healthy, sustainable oceans. Global Village marks the occasion with songs about the seas from Frankie Ford, the Marvelettes, Quartet San Francisco, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Abercrombie with Ralph Towner, Elvis Costello, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Vishten, Lucky Oceans and more.

Friday, June 9

Global Village wraps up the week with a Latin soul and boogaloo dance party with classics from Mongo Santamaria and Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers–rarities, including music from the Rough Guide to Latin Rare Groove, Volume 2 – and Latin soul versions of songs from James Brown and the Temptations.

June 9/11

Crossroads kicks off a dual feature for June this time, paying tribute to Gregg Allman with the blues-influenced music he did as a solo artist and with the Allman Brothers Band, and also highlighting the sounds of Memphis Soul, classic and contemporary.

For this visit to the Crossroads, it’s music from newly released compilations to kick off the 60th anniversary of the legendary Memphis label, Stax Records. Featured are Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, and Booker T. & the MG’s.

Plus Memphis-inspired recent recordings from Amy Black, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Melissa Etheridge, concert previews and, in hour two of the show, a House of Blues Special on Memphis exploring the soul sounds of Stax and Hi Records, classic Memphis roots of rock and blues music, and some contemporary sounds coming from the city as well.

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Global Village host Chris Heim has curated the top albums in world music for the month of May 2017.

  1. Vocal Sampling – Asi de Sampling! (Zig Zag World)
  2. Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)
  3. Various – Togo Soul 70 (Hot Casa)
  4. Quadro Nuevo & Cairo Steps – Flying Carpet (Fine Music)
  5. Girme Beyene & Akale Wube – Mistakes on Purpose/Ethiopiques 30 (Buda Musique)
  6. Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues – Different Voices (Dawnserly)
  7. L’Orchestre Afrisa International – Melanie (Colomotion)
  8. Vieux Farka Toure – Samba (Six Degrees)
  9. Tamikrest – Kidal (Glitterbeat)
  10. Aurelio – Darandi (RealWorld)
  11. Various artists – Lost in China (Riverboat)
  12. Mamud Band – Dynamite on Stage (Felmay)
  13. Steve Khan – Backlog (Tone Center)
  14. Systema Solar – Rumbo a Tierra (Nacional)
  15. Debashish Bhattacharya – Hawaii to Calcutta (Riverboat)
  16. Various Artists – Synthesize the Soul (Ostinato)
  17. Skatalites – Foundation Ska (Studio One/Yep Roc)
  18. Rakkatak – Small Pieces (Rakkatak)
  19. Amine & Hamza – Fertile Paradoxes (ARC Music)
  20. Jerez Texas – Clar de Lluna (Jerez Texas)
  21. Tarek Yamani – Peninsular (Edict)
  22. Maria Kalaniemi & Eero Grundstrom – Svalan (Akero)
  23. Teija Niku – Memento (Teija Niku)
  24. Les Amazones d’Afrique – Republique Amazone (Real World)
  25. Maes/Martin/Gruel – Feule Caracal (Buda Musique)
  26. Andrea Pancur Alpen Klezmer – Zum Meer (Galileo)
  27. Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – TajMo (Concord)
  28. Ray Mantilla – High Voltage (Savant)
  29. Duene Libre – Duende Libre (Duende Libre)
  30. Elida Almeida – Djunta Kudjer (LusAfrica)
  31. Forro in the Dark – Sandcastle (Nacional)
  32. Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai (Merge)
  33. Various artists – Pop Makossa (Analog Africa)
  34. Quercus – Nightfall (ECM)
  35. Red Baraat – Bhangra Pirates (Sinj)
  36. Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Transparent Water (Ota)
  37. Ethio Stars/Tukul Band featuring Mulatu Astatke – Addis 1988 (Piranha)
  38. Various – Uzelli Psychedelic Anadalou (Uzelli)
  39. Bargou 08 – Targ (Glitterbeat)
  40. Mokoomba – Luyando (Out/Here)

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  1. Taj Mahal & Keb’Mo’ – TajMo (Concord)


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  1. Chick Corea – The Musician (Concord)


June 2/4

It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

New Memphis Soul inspired albums from Robert Cray, Amy Black, John Nemeth & more to kick off the June Memphis Soul feature

A previously unreleased concert performance from the late, great Swamp Boogie Queen Katie Webster

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Monday, May 29

Global Village highlights Cuban guitarists, including acclaimed classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco (from his Cuba! Album) and two guitarists associated with the Buena Vista Social Club – Manual Galban (from his earlier work as guitarist and musical director with the Cuban doo wop group Los Zafiros) and Eliades Ochoa (on a release with sister Maria Ochoa and Alma Latina).

Plus guitar music as well from a solo release by  John Doyle (a former member of Solas), Berlin’s 17 Hippies with special guest guitarists Marc Ribot and Jakob Ilja, guitarists Beppe Gambetta & Tony McManus, Spanish guitarist Carlos Timon, and, for the May Golden Age of African music feature, classic guitar bands from Senegal (Orchestra Baobab) and Tanzania (Orchestra Super Volcano).

Tuesday, May 30

Global Village marks the birthday of Latin jazz, soul and rock percussionist Armando Peraza with music he did as a leader and with Santana, Mongo Santamaria, Randy Weston, and Cal Tjader. Plus new music from Latin jazz percussionist Ray Mantilla, Red Baraat, and the 25th anniversary reissue of Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum.

Wednesday, May 31

Global Village pays a visit to Colombia for a wide array of styles and artists – including the contemporary rock group Aterciopelados, popular singer Carlos Vives (from a 2014 album that took home two Latin Grammys), the Afrosound of Colombia Vol. 2 and Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes compilations, and some contemporary classical sounds from the album, Guitar Music of Colombia.

Thursday, June 1

Global Village heads to Italy for a variety of different sounds from pioneering neo-folk accordionist Riccardo Tesi, the Napoli Mandolin Orchestra (with spaghetti western music!), Stefano Saletti with his Piccola Banda Ikona group, folk & jazz saxophonist Enzo Avitabile, and the traditional pipes groups Zampogneria. Plus the latest from Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, Quadro Nuevo with Cairo Steps, and Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca.

Friday, June 2

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of new world music releases, and among the highlights this time:

Zaire 74 – the first release of the African artists who appeared at the music festival held in advance of the famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ Ali-Foreman fight

Pop Makossa – featuring the lively sounds of ‘70s Cameroon

Afrobeat legend Tony Allen’s tribute to legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey

The first new album in eight years from the great Malian singer Oumou Sangare

An eclectic new Latin jazz set from percussionist Ray Mantilla

And reggae from roots revivalists Morgan Heritage, reggae veterans teamed up as the Kingston All Stars, a reissue of a classic dub set from Tommy McCook & the Aggrovators, and Latin classics done reggae style from Ozomatli.

Monday 5.29.17

It’s a Memorial Day tradition as Night Train steps aside to present two special hours of live music featuring the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. In hour one, the Airmen are joined by trombonist Steve Turre, and in hour two their special guest is pianist Cyrus Chestnut.

Tuesday 5.30.17

Monday 5.22.17

Night Train marks birthdays of Sun Ra (including a Jazz Profiles Special in hour two) and trombonist Nick Finzer;  features artists appearing at the KC Jazz & Heritage Fest; has more from May featured artist Ron Carter – this time with guitarists Wes Montgomery and Steve Khan; and highlights new music from tenor saxophonist Nick Fowser and trumpeter Terell Stafford.

Tuesday 5.23.17