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 2.27.17

Night Train pays tribute to fusion pioneer and jazz guitar great Larry Coryell with music he did as a leader and guest on albums from across his six-decade long career in hour one - including his first appearance on record with Chico Hamilton on Dealer, the pioneering fusion albums Duster (with Gary Burton), Spaces and Aspects (with the Eleventh House) , acoustic solo and duet projects and more. Then in hour two, a special performance from Coryell and his band in a lively set of originals and standards.

Monday, February 27

It’s Independence Day in the Dominican Republic and the climax of a month (!) of carnival celebrations that go on there every year. Global Village celebrates with classic and contemporary merengue and bachata from Juan Luis Guerra, Wilfredo Vargas, Luis Vargas and more. Plus music from Red Baraat, DJ Dolores, and some blasts from the past from BeatleJazz and Jesse Winchester.

Tuesday, February 28

March 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 feature the best in new blues releases. Among the highlights this time:

Another roadhouse classic from Delbert McClinton

Memphis Soul band Southern Avenue

Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi’s tribute to Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee

Derrick Procell with special guests Billy Branck, Eddie Shaw and Bob Margolin

KMUW Music will be celebrating Mardi Gras with five hours of music! Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Tuesday, February 28 from 7:00 to midnight. 

To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to some carnival hot spots: Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and such New Orleans favorites as Professor Longhair, the Hawketts and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Monday, February 20

Global Village celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Tuesday, February 21

February 24/26

Crossroads pays tribute to drummer Clyde Stubblefield, who passed away last week, with some classic recordings he did with James Brown;  features music from artists with local and regional concert in the coming week; and wraps up the Stones’ blues feature with more classic Rolling Stones’ tracks, a Buddy Guy-Junior Wells album with Bill Wyman appearing on and producing the album and a House of Blues special with Bill Wyman in hour two of the show.

KMUW Music will be celebrating Presidents' Day with five hours of music! Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Monday, February 20 from 7:00 to midnight. 

Global Village will feature music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Monday 2.13.17

Tonight’s Night Train showcases some classic and contemporary alto saxophone players – including Johnny Hodges, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Kenny Garrett, Richie Cole and Steve Slagle. Plus new releases featuring singer Abbey Lincoln, organist Joey DeFrancesco, the Three Sounds with pianist Gene Harris, and Emmet Cohen with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb.

Tuesday 2.14.17

Monday, February 13

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Peter Gabriel with some of his world music-influenced songs along with guest appearances he made with a number of world music artists (including Manu Dibango, Youssou N’Dour, 9Bach, Geoffrey Oryema, and Afro Celt Sound System) and covers of his songs from the Bad Plus, Al DiMeola and Herbie Hancock.

Tuesday, February 14

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