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, April 24

Global Village marks the birthday of classical guitarist John Williams with world projects he did featuring music of Africa, Japan, and Venezuela. It is also the birthday of the late Collin Walcott, who was a member of the Paul Winter Consort and then a cofounder of the world chamber jazz ensemble Oregon.

And along with music from Oregon, Global Village highlights more world jazz sounds for the April Jazz Appreciation Month feature from Ernest Ranglin, and the new album from Mariah Parker’s Indo Latin Jazz.

April 28/30

Crossroads wraps up the Jazz Appreciation Month/B3 Blues feature with some bluesy organ featured in tracks by the Chartbusters, Greg Skaff, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Moreland & Arbuckle, and in honor of her centennial birthday, Ella Fitzgerald - plus a special featuring soul jazz organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith in hour two of the show.

April 21/23

Crossroads continues its month-long tribute to James Cotton, Lonnie Brooks and Chuck Berry, who all recently passed away. There’s music from Cotton from both the mid ’70s and one of his last albums, a classic from Berry, and Brooks’ album with two other Texas blues masters, Long John Hunter and Phillip Walker. Plus concert previews and more B3 Blues for Jazz Appreciation Month, including music from Adrienne Fenemor, Johnny Hammond Smith, and a special in hour two about one of the legends of jazz organ and pioneer of soul jazz, Jimmy Smith.

Monday 4.10.17

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist George Freeman, pianist (and psychiatrist) Denny Zeitlin, third stream pianist and composer Claude Bolling, and organist Joey DeFrancesco (including a special from the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show).  Plus music from a recent compilation of vocal selections from Sun Ra & His Arkestra, a new set revisiting music of the ‘60s from violinist Mads Tolling, and the latest from Kansas City vocalist Deborah Brown.

Tuesday 4.11.17

Monday, April 10

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Bunny Wailer (one of the original Wailers), Cuban-born, U.S.-based eclectic Latin jazz pianist Omar Sosa, and exotica hit maker Martin Denny.  Plus a new reissue of a classic compilation of music from legendary Jamaican ska band, the Skatalites, a late ‘80s project from the father of Ethiojazz, Mulatu Astatke, that is being released internationally for the first time, and the modern tango sound of Otros Aires.

Tuesday, April 11

Monday 4.3.17

Night Train kicks off a new month’s feature – celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month and this year’s theme of Women in Jazz and Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday. We also begin a week-long tribute to saxophonist Arthur Blythe, who passed away last week; highlight new albums from the Bob Mintzer All L.A. Band, Organic Trio, and guitarist Ralph Towner; and mark birthdays of singer Tessa Souter, soul jazz organist Jimmy McGriff, and bassist Scott LaFaro (including a special about him in hour two of the show).

Tuesday 4.4.17

Monday, April 3

Global Village highlights nominees, honorees and performers at this year’s BBC Folk Awards, which take place Wednesday.  We’ll hear music from Ry Cooder and Al Stewart – Lifetime Achievement Award-winners, Woody Guthrie who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and nominees including Rachael Newton, Martin Green, Breabach, 9Bach, The Gloaming, Furrow Collective, Kris Drever and Fara. Plus music from Richard Thompson, a Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, for his birthday.

Tuesday, April 4

April 7/9

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:

The latest from blues favorites Robert Cray, Eric Bibb, Coco Montoya and Billy Flynn

Corky Siegel returns with his Chamber Blues project

A compilation of classics from Aretha Franklin