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 8.29.16

Night Train begins a week in tribute to two key figures in jazz who passed away last week – harmonica jazz great Toots Thielemans and legendary jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder – with music from throughout Thielemans career and some of the many classic albums Van Gelder recorded. Also tonight music from birthday artists bebop great Charlie Parker (including a Jazz Profiles special in hour two), singer Dinah Washington, and contemporary pianist and composer Florian Hoefner – and new music from the Fred Hersch Trio and the Andy Brown Quartet.

Monday, August 29

Global Village throws an Afrobeat party with music from August featured artist Tony Allen as part of Fela’s band and recording under his own name with Fela’s Africa 70 band and Fela as producer. Plus Afrobeat sounds from two U.S. – based Afrobeat bands – The Funk Ark and Antibalas – and an Afrobeat/Gnawa fusion from the Fangnawa Experience release.

Tuesday, August 30

September 2/4

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. Among the highlights:

The first new album from the Fabulous Thunderbirds in three years

The last album from soul singer Mighty Sam McClain

Early music from late bluesman Michael Burks

The return of Rufus Thomas’s daughter Vaneese Thomas

August 26/28

Crossroads wraps up the August blues harmonica feature with music from contemporary players and new releases featuring the instrument. Among the artists featured: Bob Corritore, Billy Branch, William Clarke, Curtis Salgado, Rod Piazza, and Jason Ricci.

Sad news today of the passing of one of the greats of jazz vibes, Bobby Hutcherson. In a career that spanned nearly seven decades and 50 albums, he redefined the instrument for the post-bop era. 

All next week KMUW's Night Train will feature music from throughout his career.

Here's more information from NPR: Bobby Hutcherson, Jazz Vibraphone Modernist, Has Died

Monday 8.15.16

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of pianist Oscar Peterson and drummer Stix Hooper (of the Crusaders), kicks off a week-long celebration of Brazilian jazz in honor of the Olympics (including music this time from Klaus Mueller’s new album, Village Samba), and continues with more music from August featured artist Kenny Burrell – with a track from one of his best recordings, Ellington is Forever.

Tuesday 8.16.16

Monday, August 15

With all eyes on Rio, Global Village joins in the fun with music from Brazil throughout the entire week. We kick things off with a show that highlights some sounds from modern Brazil – including two albums featuring Vinicius Cantuaria (one with Bill Frisell, the other with Ricardo Silveira), also the ‘nova bossa nova’ band Bossacucanova, and neo-tropicalia group Garotas Suecas. Plus reggae legends Toots & the Maytals, and a little musical diversion from Steely Dan.

Tuesday, August 16

August 19/21

This week at the Crossroads, for the August Blues Harmonica feature, it’s blues harp legends – the key figures who made the harmonica a central instrument in the blues, pioneering  new sounds and styles, and developed their own distinctive approach to the instrument. Among the artists featured are Big Walter, Little Walter, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Sonny Terry, Billy Boy Arnold, and Sonny Boy Williamson I and II.