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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  1. Femi Kuti – One People, One World (Knitting Factory)


  1. Samurai Accordion – Te (Visage)
  1. Imarhan – Temet (City Slang)
  1. Nutopia – Nomad (Karmakosmetix)
  1. Gili Yalo – Gili Yalo (Dead Sea)
  1. Hollie Cook – Vessel of Love (Merge)
  1. Moh! Kouyate – Fe Toki (Foli Son)
  1. Djeneba & Fousco – Kayeba Khasso (LusAfrica)
  1. Tootard – Laisser Passer (Glitterbeat)
  1. Malagasy Guitar Masters – Volo Hazo (Buda Musique)

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  1. Bettye LaVette – Things Have Changed (Verve)
  1. Sue Foley – The Ice Queen (Stony Plain)
  1. Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa – Black Coffee (J&R Adventures)
  1. Curtis Salgado/Alan Hagar – Rough Cut (Alligator)
  1. Victor Wainwright & the Train – Victor Wainwright & the Train (Ruf)
  1. James Hunter Six – Whatever It Takes (Daptone)
  1. Muddy Gurdy – Muddy Gurdy (Vizztone)
  1. Mud Morganfield – They Call Me Mud (Severn)
  1. Johnny Tucker – Seven Day Blues (High John)
  1. Nick Moss Band – The High Cost of Low Living (Alligator)

Monday, April 2

Global Village kicks off ‘Folkie Week’ with some UK Folk, including music from June Tabor, John Renbourn, and Karine Polwart - and some different approaches to folk music from Sweden, the Balkans, Canada and France. Then join us later in the week as Global Village marks birthdays of three legends of UK folk and folk rock – guitarist Richard Thompson (Tuesday), bassist Danny Thompson (Wednesday), and fiddler Dave Swarbrick (Thursday).

Tuesday, April 3

Global Village celebrates the birthday of legendary guitarist and English folk-rock pioneer Richard Thompson. We’ll hear music he did with Fairport Convention, with Linda Thompson, and with his own band, along with covers of his songs from June Tabor, Martin Simpson, the Albion Band and others.

Wednesday, April 4

Global Village marks the birthday of English folk and world bassist Danny Thompson with music he did with John Martyn, Nick Drake, the Songhai project, and Bert Jansch. We also remember legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela on what would have been his 79th birthday. It’s also the birthday of Dominican pianist Michel Camilo and we’ll hear him with flamenco guitarist Tomatito on two albums they did together including the Latin Grammy winning release, Spain Forever. And there’s new music from the Malagasy Guitar Masters (for the April Guitar Month feature), Afrobeat star Femi Kuti, and contemporary Malian duo Djeneba and Fousco.

Thursday, April 5

Global Village remembers the great folk fiddler Dave Swarbrick for his birthday with music from Fairport Convention and with Martin Carthy. Plus new music from Matthews’ Southern Comfort (headed up by Iain Matthews, an early member of Fairport Convention), Stick in the Wheel, and folk super-group The Gloaming.

Friday, April 6

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of recently released and forthcoming world music albums.  Among the highlights this time:

Contemporary Cape Verdean singer Nancy Vieira

Malian guitarist Sidi Toure

A preview of the second album from harpist Catrin Finch and kora player Seckou Keita

The Kora Jazz Trio

The ‘cosmic cumbia’ of Sonido Gallo Negro

Irish salsa from Baile an Salsa and traditional Irish music from Lunasa

And as we kick off the April International Guitar Month feature, the Malagasy Guitar Masters and Al DiMeola.

Monday 3.26.18

Night Train marks birthdays of pianists Hiromi (including music from a duet set she did with Chick Corea) and Chad Lawson, and saxophonist James Moody (featured in a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show). Plus more for the Women’s History Month feature including music from a new Nina Simone compilation, Billie Holiday and an Abbey Lincoln tribute to Billie.

Tuesday 3.27.18

Music from singers Sarah Vaughan and Stacey Kent for their birthdays, including a Sarah Vaughn Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show – also new music from drummer Akira Tana, pianist George Kahn, the Diva Jazz Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary Project, and the ‘Standards Trio’ of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette.

Wednesday 3.28.18

Tonight’s Night Train focuses on soul jazz – the lively style inspired by soul and R&B that often brought together electric guitar, organ and saxophone. Among the highlights: the Jazz Soul Seven’s tribute to Curtis Mayfield; guitarist George Benson with both Jack McDuff, and the duo of Hank Crawford and Jimmy McGriff;  guitarist Dave Styker’s album in tribute to soul jazz great (and his former employer) Stanley Turrentine;  and Stanley Turrentine himself with his classic version of Marvin Gaye’s “Don’t Mess with Mr. T.” And a few more artists for the March Women’s History Month feature – including singer Nnenna Freelon and cellist Akua Dixon.

Thursday 3.29.18

A busy night tonight on the Night Train as the show wraps up the March Women’s History Month feature (with music from Eliane Elias, Berta Rojas, Anat Cohen, Katie Thiroux and Mariam McPartland), marks the birthday of saxophonist Michael Brecker, and highlights music from an extensive list of performers with local and regional concerts in the coming week, including artists appearing at this year’s Wichita Jazz Festival and the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series.  Plus new music from Manhattan Transfer, the Chick Corea+Steve Gadd Band, Bill Frisell, and the Jambalaya Brass Band.

March 30/April 1

Crossroads wraps up the March Women’s History Month feature with music from Gladys Knight (with a song inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year); Tina Turner (one of this year’s Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipients); pianist and singer Marcia Ball; gospel singer and guitar great Sister Rosetta Tharpe; pianist and vocalist Eden Brent; Beth Hart (from her new album with Joe Bonamassa); Rhythm & Blues legend Ruth Brown; Bettye LaVette (from her newly released album of Bob Dylan songs); and in hour two of the show, a special concert performance from Fiona Boyes.

Monday, March 26

This time in the Global Village it’s another edition of our series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival. Each month we head to the Festival for a performance from one of today’s top world music artists. For March, in conjunction with celebration of Women’s History Month, our featured artist is Leyla McCalla. The singer, songwriter, cellist and former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops brings together string band, Haitian, blues, jazz and classical music in unique and captivating blend. This was her debut performance at the Savannah Music Festival.

Tuesday, March 27

Global Village journeys to North Africa for music from the pioneering Nubian singer and bandleader Ali Hassan Kuban, the Nile Project that brings together over a dozen artists from countries and cultures along the Nile River, Algerian great Maurice el Medioni – and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature - music from Mauritanian artists Malouma and Noura Mint Seymali, and Nubian group Alsarah & the Nubatones.

Wednesday, March 28

This time in the Global Village, it’s legendary songs and artists from Africa, including a variety of styles from Nigeria, South Africa, Mali, and more. Among the artists featured are Fela, King Sunny Ade, Manu Dibango, Debademba, and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature, music from South Africa’s Miriam Makeba and the Mahotella Queens.

Thursday, March 29

Global Village marks the birthday of Mory Kante, a pioneering guitarist, kora player and singer who was a member of Mali’s influential Rail Band, and launched an international career in the ‘80s with the hit song “Ye Ke Ye.” We’ll hear him with the Rail Band, as a solo artist, and guesting with another African legend, Manu Dibango (and special guest Herbie Hancock), along with a great version of his hit done by jazz fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.

Friday, March 30

Global Village wraps up its salute to Women’s History Month with a program dedicated to reggae women. We’ll hear solo projects from the I-Threes: Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley,  early pioneers like Hortense Ellis and Dawn Penn,  some reggae inspired music from Jamaica’s Grace Jones, British roots reggae singer Aisha, and one of the stars of the current Jamaican roots revival, Jah9.

Monday 3.19.18

Night Train kicks off IMA Week, featuring music from nominees in this year’s Independent Music Awards, honoring small label and artist-released music in 96 categories. Night Train highlights jazz nominees tonight, while Global Village and Crossroads will feature some of the world and blues nominees later in the week.
Also tonight birthday celebrations for Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, pianist and former musical director for Dizzy Gillespie – Mike Longo, and singer Bill Henderson. Plus new music from Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, vibes player Steve Hobbs, gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and soul jazz group Organissimo.

Tuesday 3.20.18

Night Train marks the centennial birthday of pianist, composer, author, pioneering jazz educator and label owner, and long-time host of the groundbreaking Piano Jazz radio show, Marian McPartland. We’ll hear music from throughout her career, hear from McPartland herself from a National Endowment for the Arts interview after she was named an NEA Jazz Master, and in hour two hear a special memorial program featuring her compositions performed by such artists as Sarah Vaughan, Elvis Costello, Bill Charlap, Karrin Allyson and more.

It’s also the first day of spring, and Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to feature some songs for the new season, including from pianist, composer and vocalist Meredith D’Ambrosio, who was also born on this date and who regularly included spring songs on her albums.

Wednesday 3.21.18

Jazz has become an international language and Night Train offers some proof tonight from jazz pianists from around the world – including Italy’s Stefano Bollani, Brazil’s Antonio Adolfo, the Dominican Republic’s Michel Camilo, Germany’s Florian Hoefner, and Turkey’s Fahir Atakoglu.

Night also continues its Women’s History Month celebrations with Japanese pianist Hiromi, singers Dee Alexander and Molly Johnson, and drummer Allison Miller.

Thursday 3.22.18

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarists George Benson (including a special focusing on his early jazz career in hour two of the show) and Melvin Sparks, highlights new music from organist Robert Kennedy and guitarists Pat Martino and Hristo Vitchev, and as the Women’s History Month feature continues, there’s music from innovative German organist Barbara Dennerlein.

March 23/25

Crossroads joins in with Global Village and Night Train this week to feature nominees in this year’s Independent Music Awards which honor artist and small label releases. We’ll hear music from blues nominees Benny Turner, the Altered Five Blues Band, Chris Daniels & the Kings, Wes Mackey, and the Likho Duo.

Plus more blues women for the Women’s History Month feature, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe (whose birthday was Tuesday); Maria Muldaur & Tracy Nelson (from an album in tribute to Sister Rosetta); Canadian singer and guitarist Sue Foley (off her new album, The Ice Queen); Leyla McCalla (who will be featured Monday night on the next program in the new monthly series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival); and Ruthie Foster (featured in a Savannah Music Festival concert special in hour two of the show).

Monday, March 19

Global Village continues the March Women’s History Month feature with a birthday salute to Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, along with music from the world-jazz group Musique Noir, Dee Dee Bridgewater from her Mali-inspired Red Earth album, and South African singer Busi Mhlongo.

Tuesday, March 20

Spring is here! And Global Village welcomes in the new season with a wide array of artists, styles and songs celebrating the ups (and downs) of spring. Among the artists featured: Dori Caymmi, the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York,  Hugh Masekela – and as we continue our Women’s History Month Feature, also music from singer-songwriter Erin McKeown, Mei Han and her Red Chamber classical and contemporary Chinese ensemble, and fado star Mariza.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also have Spring Specials tonight.)

Wednesday, March 21

Global Village marks the International Day of Nowruz. Honored in a UN Resolution, the date was chosen to mark the celebration of Persian New Year and the arrival of spring. It has been celebrated for several thousand years and across countries spanning Central Asia, the Balkans, and the Middle East. The show highlights music from a number of countries that celebrate Noruz as a national holiday and includes both traditional and contemporary music, including some ‘70s rock-inspired releases – and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature, music also from Iranian singer and activist Marjan Vahdat, and ‘the Queen of the Gypsies,’ Esma Redzepova.

Thursday, March 22

The Independent Music Awards honor small label and self-released projects in a wide array of styles covering over 90 categories and 400 releases. Global Village highlights some of the many nominees with world music influences in advance of this year’s Awards ceremony March 31st in Lincoln Center.  We’ll hear music from the duo of Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita; Jordanian oud player Karim Baggili; Vietnamese zither player Tri Nguyen; the Indian music Akshara Ensemble; Hawaiian ukulele player Daniel Ho with the Mongolian group, the Grasslands Ensemble; award-winning Canadian folk duo Cassie and Maggie; avant-accordionist Guy Klucevse; new tango pianist Emilio Solla; Latin flutist Carlos Cano; salsa dura singer Edwin Perez; and Ecuadorian singer Luz Pinos.

Friday, March 23

Global Village highlights global harps – including music from Veracruz from Sones de Mexico; acclaimed Venezuelan harpist Hugo Blanco; Alan Stivell – the artist who almost single-handedly revived interest in the Celtic Harp in the ‘70s; Rodrigo Romani – who pioneered the use of the Celtic harp in contemporary Galician folk music; and in conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature, we’ll hear from pioneering jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby, contemporary world-jazz harpist Carol Morgan, and classical harpist Catrin Finch with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita.

KMUW Music marks the First Day of Spring with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, March 20 for songs of the season.