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 8.28.17

Night Train marks the birthday of one of the rising stars of jazz, Cecile McLorin Salvant, with a special preview of her new double-album set due out at the end of September, Dreams and Daggers – plus a special performance from the talented vocalist from the Savannah Music Festival. The show also marks birthdays of guitarist Nate Najar, and of keyboardist Larry Goldings (including music he did with August featured artist Jack DeJohnette). There’s also music from DeJohnette with guitarist John Abercrombie, who passed away last week. Night Train will devote the entire show Wednesday night to the music of John Abercrombie.

Tuesday 8.29.17

Night Train marks birthdays of two jazz greats – legendary bebop saxophonist Charlie Parker and singer Dinah Washington. Plus more from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette with Special Edition and Gateway, and new music from The Passion of Charlie Parker, Matt Otto with Ensemble Iberica, and the Bob Lark/Phil Woods Quintet.

Wednesday 8.30.17

Night Train pays tribute to guitarist John Abercrombie, who passed away last week. We’ll hear music he did with August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, from his first album under his own name, and from projects he did as a leader and as a guest from across his five-decade-long career , including appearances with Ethel Ennis, Tom Harrell, Bobby Hutcherson, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Dr. Lonnie Smith and more.

Thursday 8.31.17

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Independence Day of Trinidad and Tobago with calypso and steel drum inspired jazz from Phil Hawkins, Andy Narell, Jaco Pastorius, the Afro Bop Alliance Big Band and Monty Alexander’s Ivory and Steel. Plus music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, and birthday salutes to Wilton Felder of the Crusaders and Italian pianist Stefano Battaglia.

Monday, August 28

Global Village explores some contemporary English and Irish folk artists and recordings – including music from Polka Works, Martin & Eliza Carthy, the Elizabethan Session, the Gloaming, the Imagined Village, and Altan. Plus some traditionally inspired music from Central Europe from Slovakia’s Banda and Hungary’s Marta Sebestyan.

Tuesday, August 29

Global Village highlights world mandolins this time – with influences from Brazilian (Hamilton de Holanda), Western and Arabic classical (Avi Avital) and folk music (Solas, MandolinMan and Runa). Plus August featured artist Poncho Sanchez with Cal Tjader and new music from the Nordic group Sver, and contemporary Brazilian group Forro in the Dark.

Wednesday, August 30

It’s world violins this time in the Global Village – including music from Indian violinist L. Subramaniam,  Latin jazz violinist Federico Britos, Swedish fiddle from the group Vasen, and Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem, from the Souvenance album, his first project with string orchestra. Plus some world jazz sounds from Spanish singer Buika with guitarist Pat Metheny, and Latin jazz star Paquito D’Rivera from his Grammy and Latin Grammy winning album, Song for Maura.

Thursday, August 31

Global Village celebrates Independence Day of Trinidad and Tobago with music from the dual-island nation, including steel drum music from Amoco Renegades and Desperados Steel Orchestra, such early calypsonians as the Tiger, Lord Executor and Wilmoth Houdini, and outspoken contemporary soca artists like David Rudder and Calypso Rose.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also feature music from Trinidad tonight for Independence Day.)

Friday, September 1

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:

A remarkable new compilation of music from Somali that was saved from the civil war

Chicago Afrobeat Project with legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen

Desert blues from Ramon Goose

The return of salsa great Ruben Blades

New Gullah music from Ranky Tanky

Contemporary Tuvan music from Alash

And the U.S. release of Quadro Nuevo’s project with the Egyptian group Cairo Steps.

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September 1/3

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:

Gregg Allman’s last album

A new solo project from Sherman Holmes of the Holmes Brothers

Jonny Lang’s first studio album in four years

Soul blues star Johnny Rawls

The return of blues favorites Hamilton Loomis, Walter Trout, Benny Turner, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, and Savoy Brown

And multi-disc reissues from Jimmy Reed, Lloyd Price and Pee Wee Crayton.

Monday 8.21.17

Night Train marks birthdays of legendary Kansas City band leader Count Basie, drummer Leon Parker and trumpeter Art Farmer – continues with more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock) – and highlights new music from the Pete Malinverni Trio, pianist Harold Mabern and the chamber jazz group Oregon.

Tuesday 8.22.17

Night Train joins Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the centennial birthday of John Lee Hooker. We’ll hear music from across his career, including selections with special guests Miles Davis, Charles Brown, Van Morrison and Booker T. Jones. Plus some jazz reinterpretations of Debussy for his birthday, more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Miles Davis, Hudson, Ralph Towner, Michael Brecker and the Standards Trio), and new releases from Ben Allison, Billy Childs, and Mark Murphy

(NOTE: Crossroads is featuring John Lee Hooker for his centennial birthday throughout August.)

Wednesday 8.22.17

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Brad Mehldau with music he did as a leader, as a guest with Joshua Redman, Warren Wolf, Pat Metheny and Dayna Stephens, and on the first recording he appeared on headed up by saxophonist Christopher Hollyday. It’s also the birthday of Norwegian guitarist Terje Rypdal  and we’ll hear him along with August featured artist Jack DeJohnette.

Thursday 8.24.17

Some tough tenors on tap tonight on the Night Train, including Sonny Rollins, Ernie Watts, Anton Schwartz, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins with Ben Webster, and John Coltrane with Duke Ellington. Also music from singers Roseanna Vitro, Vanessa Rubin and Tierney Sutton, and from guitarists John Scofield, John McLaughlin and Steve Khan.

Monday, August 21

Global Village pays a visit this time to Central Asia – the crossroads for the many paths along the Silk Road. We’ll hear music from the Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble inspired by Turkmenistan, Uzbek star Yulduz Usmanova, traditional music from Kyrgyzstan’s Damira Njazbekova, some heavy metal folk from Kazakhstan’s Ulytau, and a selection from Smithsonian Folkways Music of Central Asia series.

Tuesday, August 22

Global Village marks the centennial birthday of one of the legends of the blues, John Lee Hooker with some selections from across his career, including music with special guests Santana and Van Morrison. Plus more music from August featured artist Poncho Sanchez, the 40th anniversary edition of Bob Marley’s classic Exodus album, and the new Isley Brothers & Santana album.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also be featuring John Lee Hooker tonight for his centennial birthday.)

Wednesday, August 23

We’ve got a little birthday hootenanny going this time in the Global Village as we celebrate birthdays of folk artists Linda Thompson (solo and with Richard Thompson), Eliza Carthy  (with father Martin Carthy and mother Norma Waterson), and Malvina Reynolds (doing a live version of her ‘60s classic “Little Boxes”). Plus August featured artist Poncho Sanchez with Cal Tjader and Carmen McRae, and new music from Avi Avital with Omer Avital, Vasen, Topette!!, and Matthieu Salglio with Jose El Piru.

Thursday, August 24

Global Village highlights some ‘world music stars’ – performers who achieved wider popular success and recognition around the world. Among the artists featured are world music pioneers Bob Marley (with a cover of one of his songs from Rebel Tumbao), sitar great Ravi Shankar, the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, Afrobeat legend Fela, new tango creator Astor Piazzolla (as performed by Russia’s Trio Voronezh), the award-winning singer Angelique Kidjo , and acclaimed South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Friday, August 25

This time in the Global Village we give the congueros some – highlighting classic and contemporary conga players from Desi Arnaz (who started as a bandleader and is credited with introducing the conga line to American audiences) and Armando Peraza (perhaps best known for his work with Santana) to such masters as Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Patato, Candido, and August featured artist Poncho Sanchez (as a leader, and guesting with Francisco Aguabella and Jose Rizo’s Mongorama).

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.