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

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1. Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters – Maxwell Street (Stony Plain) 

2. Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome (Interscope)

3. Lurrie Bell – Can’t Shake This Feeling (Delmark)

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

5. Raphael Wressnig/Igo Prado – The Soul Connection (ZYX)

6. Nancy Wright – Playdate! (Vizztone)

7. Joey Gilmore Band – Respect the Blues (Mosher St. Records)

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1. Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra – Del Ebro Al Danubio (BGKO/Diggers Music)

2. Bollywood Brass Band – Carnatic Connection (Bollywood Brass Band)

3. Anda Union – Homeland (Hohot)

4. Clinton Fearon – This Morning (Boogie Brown Productions)

5. Le Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Rythmo – Madjafalao (Because Music)

6. Damakase – Gunfan Yellem! (Captain Pouch)

7. Orkesta Mendoza - Vamos a Guarachar (Glitterbeat)

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

2. Tom Harrell – Something Gold, Something Blue (High Note)

3. Abbey Lincoln – Love Having You Around (High Note)

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

5. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 – Soul Jazz Fridays (Sunflower Soul)

6. Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau – Nearness (Nonesuch)

7. Steve Slagle – Alto Manhattan (Panorama)

8. Joey Alexander – Countdown (Motema)

Monday 1.30.17

Night Train marks birthdays of vibes and piano Buddy Montgomery (including guest appearances with his brother Wes, the Riverside Reunion Band and Bobby Hutcherson), soul jazz organist Hank Marr, and jazz oud pioneer Ahmed Abdul Malik. Plus more of the Best of 2016 as we wrap up the January feature – this time from Abbey Lincoln, Charles Lloyd, and Herlin Riley, along with Grammy nominees Willie Nelson and Trio da Paz.

Tuesday 1.31.17

February 3/5

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

The new year kicks off with a number of impressive new titles from the likes of Elvin Bishop, Beth Hart, John Mayall, Ronne Baker Brooks, Wee Willie Walker, Otis Taylor, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, and Sharon Lewis.

Monday, January 23

Global Village celebrates the birthday of gypsy jazz guitar great Django Reinhardt with music from the master himself, from his Hot Club of France partner – violinist Stephane Grappelli, and from some of the many contemporary artists and groups that have been inspired by his music to offer both traditional and contemporary forms of his trademark ‘gypsy jazz’ sound.

Tuesday, January 24

January 27/29

Crossroads wraps up the January feature looking back at the best of 2016 with music from this year’s Blues Music Awards and Grammy nominees. Among the artists featured: Wee Willie Walker, Bobby Rush, Toronzo Cannon, William Bell, Moreland & Arbuckle, and the Blind Boys of Alabama. Plus more show favorites and music from several artists with concerts in the coming week.

Monday 1.16.17

Night Train steps aside for two special programs in honor of Dr. King Day. In the first hour, a Night Lights special highlights jazz tributes to Dr. King from Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Mary Lou Williams and more. Then in hour two of the show, it’s a Blues and Beyond special with music from Dr. Billy Taylor, Paul Robson, Lucky Peterson, Eric Bibb and more.

(Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train all offer special programming tonight in honor of Dr. King Day.)

Monday, January 16

Global Village celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with songs dedicated to him and inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, along with songs that reflect human rights themes from artists from around the globe. Among the artists featured – Mavis and Pops Staples, Toots & the Maytals, the Soweto Gospel Choir and Judy Mowatt.

 (Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train will all be doing special shows tonight in honor of King Day)

Tuesday, January 17