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

With any luck, the current interest in Cuba will also draw more attention to Cuban music, one of that country's best and most reliable exports for several centuries now. In recent decades, another reliable Cuban export has been people, including some remarkable musicians who now call America home.

Monday 3.28.16

Night Train highlights tribute albums (Roseanna Vitro with the music of Clare Fischer, Laurie Antonioli’s celebration of Joni Mitchell, and the Dave Liebman Big Band playing the music of Wayne Shorter) along with a number of great jazz saxophonists - including John Coltrane, Sonny Rollin, Stan Getz, Hank Crawford, and Cannonball Adderley.

Tuesday 3.29.16

Monday, March 28

Global Village highlights some giants of world music – including South Africa’s Mahotella Queens, reggae great Peter Tosh, English folk-rock singer/songwriter John Martyn, Chilean new song masters, Inti-Illimani, and the ‘new flamenco’ classic from the Songhai lineup.

Tuesday, March 29

April 1/3

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 this time are new albums from:

Soul blues singer and harp man Curtis Salgado

Singer Janiva Magness

Crescent City “Prodigal Son” Keith Stone

“The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” Charles Bradley

Jazzy B3 player King Louie with singer LaRhonda Steele

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March 25/27

Crossroads wraps up the month long salute to this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees with recordings from Mamie Smith, Jimmy Rogers, and Leroy Carr that will go into the Hall of Fame this year.

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Monday 3.21.16

Night Train starts the week with more music from March featured artist -- the critically acclaimed tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano -- showcasing his versatility with music from him both as a leader and guesting with vocalist and songwriter Bob Dorough, on a symphonic project from guitarist Jim Hall, and in Conrad Herwig’s The Latin Side of Joe Henderson.

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Monday, March 21

Global Village pays a visit to Colombia for a wide array of styles and artists – including the popular contemporary rock group Aterciopelados, Carlos Vives (from his 2014 album that took home two Latin Grammys), the Afrosound of Colombia Vol. 2 and Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes compilations, and a contemporary classical album featuring guitar music of Colombia.

Tuesday, March 22

March 18/20

Crossroads continues with more music from March featured artists Jimmie Vaughan and this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees - John Mayall, the Memphis Jug Band, Jimmy Johnson, Eddy Clearwater, and Elvin Bishop – plus a House of Blues special featuring Elvin Bishop in hour two of the show. Plus a birthday salute to legendary soulman Wilson Pickett, music from artists with concerts in the coming week, and the latest and best in new blues releases.

Monday 3.14.16

Night Train has an extensive list of birthday salutes tonight – including singers Mark Murphy and Vanessa Rubin, band leader, producer and arranger Quincy Jones, drummer Akira Tana, and soul jazz organist Shirley Scott. Plus a Shirley Scott special in hour two of the show, and more music from March featured artist Joe Lovano. Plus new music from pianists Kenny Barron and Alfredo Rodriguez.

Tuesday 3.15.16

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Monday, March 14

Global Village celebrates the birthday of arranger and exotica pioneer Les Baxter; more from March featured artists 17 Hippies (from the Phantom Songs album) and Solas (this time with former band member Karan Casey); and features new music from Snarky Puppy, and Michael Spiro & Wayne Wallace with La Orquesta Sinfonietta.

Tuesday, March 15