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 8.7.17

Night Train begins a week long tribute to guitarist, composer, band leader and session player Chuck Loeb, who passed away at the end of July, including music tonight from one of his last solo albums. Plus music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Herbie Hancock); birthday salutes to pianist Marcus Roberts (including a performance at the Savannah Music Festival), hornman Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and seven-string guitar pioneer George Van Eps; and new albums from Amanda Monaco, Tarek Yamani, Dave Liebman with Joe Lovano, and Russell Malone.

Tuesday 8.8.17

Night Train continues the August Jack DeJohnette feature with music he did as part of the Gateway trio with Dave Holland and John Abercrombie, and continues a week-long remembrance of guitarist Chuck Loeb with music tonight from his stint with Steps Ahead. Also tonight birthday tributes to saxophonist and composer Benny Carter, and blues-jazz singer Jimmy Witherspoon.

Wednesday 8.9.17

Today is the 75th birthday of August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, the acclaimed drummer who has worked with a who’s who of jazz artists - from his early work with Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis, though a series of impressive groups of his own and scores of guest appearances, to his latest project as part of the Hudson jazz supergroup. In a special show devoted to his music, we’ll hear him with George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, the Standards Trio, McCoy Tyner, Hudson and more – and in hour two, a special about his groundbreaking work with Miles Davis.

Thursday 8.10.17

Night Train wraps up a week-long tribute to guitarist and composer Chuck Loeb with music he did as a leader and with both Stan Getz and Jim Hall. Plus more from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, this time with the Trio Beyond lineup with Larry Goldings and John Scofield. And birthday salutes to hard bop tenor man Arnett Cobb and also Philly Hammond B3 player Trudy Pitts, who is featured in a special in hour two of the show.

Monday, August 7

Global Village marks Ivory Coast Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that West African nation, including legendary artists and rising stars and a variety of styles, from traditionally inspired music to Ivorian reggae, soukous, afrobeat and zouglou sounds. Among the artists featured on the show are Alpha Blondy, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Dobet Gnahore, Pierre Antoine, and Jean Baptise Zibodi along with selections from the Ivory Coast Soul and Cote d’Ivoire 50th anniversary compilations.

Tuesday, August 8

Global Village pays tribute to John Renbourn for his birthday. The late guitarist and songwriter was a founding member of the popular English folk group, Pentangle, and a pioneering artist who brought together early music, blues, jazz and world influences in his work. The show highlights music from Pentangle as well as recordings under his own name, music he did with guitarist Stefan Grossman, and Grammy-nominated albums with Robin Williamson and the John Renbourn Group.

Wednesday, August 9

This time in the Global Village, some folk and neo-folk sounds from around the world. Among the highlights are Italian neo-folk accordionist Riccardo Tesi, the second album (and first to feature Sandy Denny) from Fairport Convention, Finnish neo-folk and bagpipe band Pare, Scotland’s Breabach, and new releases from Madagascar’s Toko Telo, Portugal’s Melech Mechaya, and the Palestinian oud and percussion Duo Sabil.

Thursday, August 10

It’s Latin-plus this time in the Global Village, as a variety of Latin styles come together with soul, jazz, Indian, reggae and more. We’ll hear the latest from Senegalese rumba band Orchestra Baobab, the Cuban a capella doo wop group Vocal Sampling, Latin jazz percussionist Ray Mantilla and Latin Indo Jazz pianist Mariah Parker, and contemporary Afro-Colombian group Systema Solar. Plus music from August featured artist Poncho Sanchez (with special guest, jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco), and some classic boogaloo from Joe Cuba and Mongo Santamaria.

Friday, August 11

One of the most popular styles from Africa, and a sound that has reached around the globe, is Fela’s Afrobeat. This time in the Global Village…the Afrobeat goes on, with music from Tony Allen, the drummer and musical director for Fela; one of Fela’s sons, Seun Kuti, heading up his father’s Egypt 80 band; and some contemporary bands inspired by Afrobeat, but adding their own unique influences to the style – London-based  Yaaba Funk and Brooklyn’s Zongo Junction.

August 11/13

Crossroads highlights music from August featured artist John Lee Hooker for his centennial birthday, including early classics he did for Chess and Vee Jay, his classic recording with Canned Heat, and a later release featuring special guest Robert Cray.

Also this week, music from the newly announced winners of Living Blues Critics’ and Readers’ Poll Awards, and new music from Johnny DeFrancesco with Duke Jethro (revisiting B.B. King’s classic album, Live at the Regal), Muddy Waters’ son Big Bill Morganfield, Coco Montoya, Elvin Bishop with his Big Fun Trio, and deep-soul singer Don Bryant.

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  1. Toko Telo – Toy Raha Toy (Anio)


  1. Various artists – Zaire 74: The African Artists (Wrasse)
  1. Oumou Sangare – Nogoya (No Format!)
  1. Lila Downs – Salon, Lagrimas y Deseo (Sony Music)
  1. Songhoy Blues – Reistance (Fat Possum)
  1. Les Amazones d’Afrique – Republique Amazone (Real World)
  1. Ozomatli – Non-Stop: Mexico to Jamaica (Cleopatra)
  1. Sver – Fryd (Folkhall)
  1. Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus: The Movement Continues (Tuff Gong)
  1. Tony Allen – A Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note)
  1. Quadro Nuevo & Cairo Steps – Flying Carpet (Fine Music)
  1. Dayme Arocena – Cubafonia (Brownswood)
  1. Ruben Gonzalez – Introducing Ruben Gongalez (World Circuit)
  1. Sabil – Zabad, Twilight Tide (Harmonia Mundi)
  1. Afrikan Protokol – Beyond the Grid (Abozame)
  1. Tunde Jeged & Derek Gripper – Mali in Oak (Globe Music)
  1. Omar Faruk Tekbilek – Love is My Religion (Adama)
  1. She’Koyokh – First Dance on Second Avenue (Riverboat)
  1. Les Yeux Noirs – A Band of Gypsies (Buda Musique)
  1. Divanhana – Live in Mostar (ARC Music)
  1. Omar Souleyman – To Syria, With Love (Mad Decent)
  1. Jowee Omicil – Let’s Bash (Jazz Village)
  1. Nomade Orquestra – Entre Mundos (Far Out Music)
  1. Various Artists – Putumayo Presents Cuba! Cuba! (Putumayo)
  1. Café Tacuba – Jei Beibi (Café Tacuba)
  1. Vasen – Brewed (Northside)
  1. Trio Mediaeval & Arve Henriksen – Rimur (ECM)
  1. Kingston All Stars – Presenting Kingston All Stars (Roots and Wire)
  1. Ray Mantilla – High Voltage (Savant)
  1. Various artists – Pop Makossa (Analog Africa)
  1. Zampogneria – Fiumerapido (Finis Terre)
  1. Vocal Sampling – Asi de Sampling! (Zig Zag World)
  1. Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)
  1. Various – Togo Soul 70 (Hot Casa)
  1. Debashish Bhattacharya – Hawaii to Calcutta (Riverboat)
  1. Various Artists – Synthesize the Soul (Ostinato)
  1. Rakkatak – Small Pieces (Rakkatak)
  1. Amine & Hamza – Fertile Paradoxes (ARC Music)
  1. Tarek Yamani – Peninsular (Edict)

40.  Maes/Martin/Gruel – Feule Caracal (Buda Musique)

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  1. Sonny Landreth – Recorded Live in Lafayette (Provogue)
  1. George Thorogood – Party of One (Rounder)
  1. Mavis Staples – I’ll Take You There (Blackbird)
  1. Bobby G & Curtis Grant Jr. and the Midnight Rockers – Still Standing (Third Street Cigar)
  1. Cash Box Kings – Royal Mint (Alligator)
  1. Roy Bookbinder – Road Songs and Stories (Peg Leg)
  1. Nick Schenebelen – Live in Kansas City (Vizztone)
  1. Robert Cray & High Rhythm – Robert Cray & High Rhythm (Jay-Vee)
  1. Coco Montoya – Hard Truth (Alligator)
  1. Selwyn Birchwood – Pick Your Poison (Alligator)
  1. The Sons of the Soul Revivers – Live! Rancho Nicasio (Little Village Foundation)
  1. Taj Mahal & Keb’Mo’ – TajMo (Concord)
  1. Harrison Kennedy – Who U Tellin’? (Electro Fi)
  1. Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi – Sonny & Brownie's Last Train (M.C. Records)
  1. John McNamara – Rollin’ With It (Bahool)
  1. John Primer & Bob Corritore – Ain’t Nothing You Can Do! (Delta Groove)
  1. Monster Mike Welch & Mike Ledbetter – Right Place, Right Time (Delta Groove)
  1. Zeshan B – Vetted (Minty Fresh)
  1. Williams, Wayne & Isaak – Big City, Back Country Blues (Brandon Isaak)
  1. Johnny DeFrancesco & Duke Jethro – A Tribute to B.B. King’s Live at the Regal (Ton A’ Chopps)
  1. Andy T Band – Double Strike (American Showplace Music)
  1. Hurricane Ruth – Ain’t Ready for the Grave (Hurricane Ruth)
  1. Doug MacLeod – Break the Chain (Reference)
  1. Linsey Alexander – Two Cats (Delmark)
  1. Sean Chambers – Trouble & Whiskey (American Showplace Music)
  1. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Louie, Louie, Louie (Savoy Jazz)
  1. Billy Flynn – Lonesome Highway (Delmark)
  1. Hector Anchondo Band – Roll the Dice (Hector Anchondo)
  1. Adrianna Marie – Kingdom of Swing (Vizztone)
  1. Patrick Recob – Perpetual Luau (Mr. Lucky’s Blues)
  1. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Live from the Fox Oakland (Fantasy)
  1. Old Crow Medicine Show – Best of Old Crow Medicine Show (Nettwork)
  1. Samantha Fish – Chills & Fever (Ruf)
  1. Gina Sicilia – Tug of War (BluElan)
  1. Chuck Berry – Chuck (Dual Tone)
  1. Thornetta Davis – Honest Woman (Sweet Mama)
  1. Big Bill Morganfield - Bloodstains on The Wall (Black Shuck)
  1. North Mississippi All Stars – Prayer for Peace (Legacy)
  1. Steve Krase – Should’ve Seen It Coming (Connor Ray Music)
  1. John Lee Hooker – Whiskey & Wimmen (Vee Jay)

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  1. Ahmad Jamal – Marseille (Jazz Village)


  1. DeJohnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield – Hudson (Motema)
  1. Louis Hayes – Serenade for Horace (Blue Note)
  1. Peter Erskine New Trio – In Praise of Shadows (Fuzzy Music)
  1. Ben Allison – Layers of the City (Sonic Camera)
  1. Chick Corea – The Musician (Concord)
  1. Steve Nelson – Brothers Under the Sun (High Note)
  1. Diana Krall – Turn Up the Quiet (Verve)
  1. Ray Mantilla – High Voltage (Savant)
  1. Akiko Tsuruga – So Cute, So Bad (AT Records)
  1. Jaco Pastorius – Truth, Liberty and Soul (Resonance)
  1. Organissimo – B3tles (Big O)
  1. Afrobop Alliance Big Band – Revelation (OA2)
  1. Cory Weeds & the Jeff Hamilton Trio – Dreamsville (Cellar Live)
  1. Eliane Elias – Dance of Time (Concord)
  1. Bill O’Connell – Monk’s Cha Cha (Savant)
  1. Oregon – Lantern (Cam Jazz)
  1. Mike Longo Trio – Only Time Will Tell (CAP)
  1. Dave Liebman/Joe Lovano – Compassion (Resonance)
  1. Joe Alterman – Comin’ Home to You (Joe Alterman)
  1. Eric Alexander – Second Impression (High Note)
  1. Joey DeFrancesco + the People – Project Freedom (Mack Avenue)
  1. Jowee Omicil – Let’s Bash (Jazz Village)
  1. Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People – Weather or Not (Whaling City Sound)
  1. Spike Wilner Trio – Odalisque (Cellar Live)
  1. Bill Cunliffe – BACHanalia (Metro)
  1. Trio Ivoire – Desert Pulse (Intuition)
  1. Tony Allen – A Tribute to Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers (Blue Note)
  1. Stanton Moore – With You in Mind (Cool Green)
  1. Jazzmeia Horn – A Social Call (Concord)
  1. Kevin Eubanks – East West Time Line (Mack Avenue)
  1. Claire Daly – 2648 West Grand Boulevard (Glass Beach Jazz)
  1. Leigh Pilzer – Strunkin’ (Leigh Pilzer)
  1. Bobby Watson – Made in America (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Yamani – Peninsular (Edict)
  1. Mark Murphy – Wild and Free (High Note)
  1. Heads of State – Four in One (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Steve Davis – Think Ahead (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Uptown Jazz Tentet – There It Is (Irrabagast)
  1. Mark Winkler – The Company I Keep (Mark Winkler)

Monday 7.31.17

Night Train wraps up the July feature with music from Dr. Lonnie Smith and also other contemporary jazz organists who offer a modern take on the classic soul jazz sound or take off in adventurous new approaches jazz organ. Among the artists featured are Larry Young, the Organik Vibe Trio, Ed Cherry (with organist Kyle Koehler), Will Bernard (with organist Brian Charette), Dave Anderson (with organist Pat Bianchi), the James Carter Organ Trio, and the Funky Organics.

Tuesday 8.1.17

Night Train kicks off the August feature celebrating the 75th birthday of Jack DeJohnette with a program devoted to his music. In hour one we’ll hear music he did as a leader, with the Gateway and Standards trios, as part of the Charles Lloyd Quartet, and as a special guest with Chick Corea and Christian McBride. Then in hour two, it’s an Artworks special done around the time he was named an NEA Jazz Master, featuring DeJohnette talking about his life and career, along with more music from the legendary jazz drummer.

Wednesday 8.2.17

Night Train has another ‘Give the Drummer Some’ show devoted to some great classic and contemporary jazz drummers – including August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Miles Davis and on the new supergroup Hudson release), along with Stanton Moore, Paul Wertico, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Roy Haynes, Louis Hayes, Mel Lewis, Matt Wilson and more.

Thursday 8.3.17

Night Train marks birthdays of singers Tony Bennett and Eddie Jefferson, continues with more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Michael Brecker, Eliane Elias and Terje Rypdal), and features new music from vibes player Steve Nelson, pianist Bill O’Connell, and bassist Ben Allison.

Monday, July 31

It’s a string thing this time in the Global Village, highlighting some world violin and cello artists and groups. Among the artists featured: Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble; neo-folk band, the Horse Flies; Las Hermanas Caronni, clarinet and cello playing twin sisters from Argentina; Carolina Chocolate Drops’ cellist Leyla McCalla; Cajun and roots fiddlers Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney; the violin (and flute) driven charanga style from the band that pioneered the sound, Orquesta Aragon; and one of the great Bollywood singers, Asha Bhosle, with Kronos Quartet.

Tuesday, August 1

Global Village marks Benin’s Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that West African nation. We’ll hear one of its most famous singers – Angelique Kidjo, jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke, the big band Afrobeat sound of the Gangbe Brass Band, the reunited legendary Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, and some rarities from artists who helped shape the sound of contemporary urban music in Benin.

Wednesday, August 2

Global Village kicks off the August feature of music from Latin Soul Jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez with music from across his career. We’ll hear some of his early work with West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader, guest appearances with the Caribbean Jazz Project and Dr. John, and music from albums he did as a leader including his Grammy-winning release Latin Soul.

Thursday, August 3

Global Village heads to Norway for music from two magnificent saxophonists who combine traditional and jazz influences – the pioneering Jan Garbarek and inventive contemporary player Karl Seglem. Also music from the Sweet Sunny North project from David Lindley and Henry Kaiser featuring over 60 Norwegian musicians, and “Norwegian Wood” from Herbie Hancock.

Friday, August 4

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of new world music releases, and among the highlights this time:

The Isley Brothers meet Santana

Classical mandolinist Avi Avital meets jazz bassist Omer Avital

Cellist Matthieu  Saglio meets flamenco guitarist Jose El Piru

Flemish Folk on mandolins from MANdolinMAN

Neo-rembetica from Trio Tekke with Dave de Rose

Neo-klezmer from Melech Machaya

And Greek-American reggae out of Washington from Christos DC

New Month/New Music Time

Jul 31, 2017

August 4/6

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:

A new compilation of classic tracks to mark the centennial birthday of Crossroads’ August featured artist John Lee Hooker

Galactic drummer Stanton Moore’s Crescent City all-star tribute to legendary pianist, songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint

A new solo project from George Thorogood

A visit to a Juke Joint at the Edge of the World with Randall Bramblett

A new compilation of classic small group post-war gospel, Jesus Rocked the Jukebox

Acoustic blues and roots trio of Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons teamed up with 2017 NEA Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins

Classic country songs done blues style by Jimmie Bratcher

Another powerful new release from Milwaukee’s Altered Five Blues Band

And a tribute to Hokum blues and the Hokem Boys trio of Tampa Red, Georgia Tom and Big Bill Broonzy from Chris ‘Bad News’ Barnes.

Monday, July 24

In conjunction with the July South African Music feature, this special program from Global Village features a conversation with two members of the acclaimed South African group, the Soweto Gospel Choir, and explores music from the ensemble. We’ll also highlight some other great South African voices – including Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Miriam Makeba, and hear the original version of “Mbube” (later recorded as “Wimoweh” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”) first done in South Africa in 1939 by Solomon Linda and the Original Evening Birds.

Tuesday, July 25

Global Village pays tribute to accordionist Regis Gizavo, who passed away last week. One of Madagascar’s finest musicians, Gizavo first attracted international attention when he won the Radio France International Discovery Award. Moving to Paris in 1990, he began a series of remarkable collaborations with artists like the Corsican group I Muvrini, Cape Verde’s Cesaria Evora, Lura, and Mayra Andrade, South Africa’s Mahotella Queens, the Congolese Rhumba supergroup Kekele, Paris Combo and more. We’ll hear him with those artists, on solo efforts, and on his last project, the newly released album from Toko Telo with guitarist D’Gary and singer Monika Njava.

Wednesday, July 26

Today marks the birthday of cuatro and salsa great Yomo Toro. Global Village pays tribute to him in a special edition of the show that features music spanning his seven decade long career - including solo albums and recordings he did with the Fania All Stars, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Roswell Rudd, Daniel Ponce, David Byrne and Ned Sublette.

Thursday, July 27

As part of the July South African Music feature, Global Village devotes the program to South African reggae. Among the highlights: one of the giants of South African reggae, Lucky Dube; Dube’s original group, the Slaves; a cover of a Bob Marley classic from Freshlyground; a reggae-inspired song from township favorites Mahlathini & the Mahotella Queens; and Harley & the Rasta Family.

Friday, July 28

Global Village celebrates Peruvian Independence Day with a wide array of styles and artists from that country – including traditional music from Sukay, Incan princess Yma Sumac, original and contemporary chicha music, vocalists Chabuca Granda, Susana Baca and Eva Ayllon, contemporary band Novalima, and Afro-Peruvian jazz from Geoffrey Keezer.