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, May 30

Global Village remembers legendary Latin percussionist Armando Peraza on his birthday with music he did under his own name, with Santana, and with blues legend John Lee Hooker. Plus new music from Snarky Puppy, the Fela & Koola Lobitos compilation, and Buena Vista Social Club guitarist Eliades Ochoa – and more Music of India for the May feature from contemporary bhangra artist Taz and from world fusion composer James Asher.

Tuesday, May 31

June 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 highlight the best in new blues releases. Among the highlights this time:

Alligator Records Anniversary compilation and the latest Alligator releases from Moreland & Arbuckle, Toronzo Cannon, Curtis Salgado, and a tribute to Blind Willie Johnson in conjunction with the June Crossroads feature celebrating the blues label’s 45th anniversary

Monday 5.23.16

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Richie Beirach, trumpeter Randy Sandke, and clarinetists Ken Peplowski and Artie Shaw (including an Artie Shaw Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show). Plus more music from May featured artist Carla Bley (from her albums Heavy Heart and Looking for America) and new music from Three More Sounds’ tribute to McCoy Tyner and Gene Harris, and June Bisantz’s tribute to Chet Baker.

Tuesday 5.24.16

Monday, May 23

Throughout May, Global Village is featuring music of India and this time, the entire program is devoted to music of the subcontinent. Among the highlights, music from the legendary Ravi Shankar (in a piece he composed with Phillip Glass), daughter Anoushka Shankar, and nephew (and raga-rock pioneer) Ananda Shankar, the Indian blues of Michael Messer’s Mitra, Iranian sitarist Abbas Mehrpouya, the contemporary sounds of Tabla Beat Science, acclaimed sarodist Ali Akbar Khan, and the classic Call of the Valley album.

May 27/29

Crossroads wraps up the May feature with Bonnie Raitt with music from across the blues-rock star’s career and from guest appearances she did with Ruth Brown, Charlies Brown, B.B. King, Boz Scaggs, Little Feat and more.

Plus more 2016 Blues Music Awards winners – including Ruthie Foster, John Primer, Sonny Landreth, and Allen Toussaint, and new releases from Eric Bibb, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Al Basile, Swamp Cabbage, and Johnny Winter with Dr. John.

Monday 5.16.16

Tonight on the Night Train – May featured artist Carla Bley, a birthday salute to one of the great singers in jazz – Betty Carter, previews of jazz concerts in the coming week, and new music from trumpeters Ray Vega & Thomas Marriott, guitarist Horace Bray, and the Great American Music Ensemble.

Tuesday 5.17.16

Monday, May 16

Global Village features music from African women across the continent – including Nigeria’s Lijadu Sisters, Western Sahara’s Aziza Brahim, Mauritania’s Noura Mint Seymali, Les Amazones de Guinee, and “Mama Africa” herself – South Africa’s Miriam Makeba.

Tuesday, May 17

May 20/22

This week at the Crossroads, we remember several artists who passed away recently – Candye Kane, Lonnie Mack and Otis Clay; highlight winners of this year’s Blues Music Awards announced earlier this month; continue with more music from May featured artist Bonnie Raitt; and feature new music from Janiva Magness, Andy Santana, Duke Robillard, Curtis Salgado and Dennis Jones; and preview artists with concerts in the coming week.

May 13/15

Crossroads highlights music from May featured artist Bonnie Raitt – including selections from her new album Dig In Deep, her classic Home Plate, and a guest appearance with Jon Cleary. Plus a classic from Albert King, new releases from Johnny Winter and Tommy Z, and some Crescent City sounds from Dr. John, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and the new debut album from Cha Wa.