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 8.1.16

Night Train kicks off the August feature in honor of guitarist Kenny Burrell’s 85th birthday with music he and other artists did from one of Burrell’s favorite composers, Duke Ellington. Along with Burrell, there’s Ellington compositions from John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, Red Mitchell with Roger Kellaway, Red Garland, Oscar Peterson, and the Jeff Hamilton Trio – and on new albums from Benny Golson, Sarah King & the Smoke Rings, Allen Toussaint, Dan Cray, and Lafayette Harris, Jr.

Tuesday 8.2.16

Monday, August 1

Global Village marks the 45th anniversary of the Concert for Bangladesh, which took place on August 1, 1971 in Madison Square Garden.  The groundbreaking event was the first and a template for the many benefit concerts that followed to aid a variety of humanitarian efforts. Global Village features music from the Concert from the two key artists who helped put the event together - George Harrison and Ravi Shankar – along with music from other artists who performed there.

Tuesday, August 2

August 5/7

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:

New blues harmonica releases to kick off the August feature including a new compilation of classic tracks from blues harp great Little Walter and new releases from Omar Coleman and Dennis Gruenling

New compilation sets featuring music of Big Maybelle, classic blues women and gospel blues

  1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch)


  1. Rene Marie – Sound of Red (Motema)


  1. Hristo Vitchev – In Search of Wonders (Hristo Vitchev)


  1. Adrienne Fenemor – Mo’ Puddin’ (Adrienne Fenemor)


  1. Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom – Otis Was a Polar Bear (Royal Potato Family)


  1. Allen Toussaint – American Tunes (Nonesuch)


  1. Santana – Santana IV (Thirty Tigers)


  1. Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home (Sony Masterworks)


  1. Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – 1000 Watts (Tru Thoughts)


  1. Jah Works – Believe (Riddim House)


  1. Afro Haitian Experimental Orchestra – A-H-E-O (Glitterbeat)


  1. Various – Rough Guide to Brazilian Jazz (World Music Network)


  1. William Bell – This Is Where I Live (Stax)


  1. The Soul of John Black – Early in the Moanin’ (Cadabra)


  1. Eric Bibb – North Country Far (Stony Plain)


  1. Little Walter – The Complete Checker Singles As & Bs 1952-1960 (Acrobat)


  1. C.W. Stoneking – Gon’ Boogaloo (King Hokum)


  1. Royal Southern Brotherhood – The Royal Gospel (Ruf)


Monday, July 25

Global Village marks the birthday of Rita Marley with music she did under her own name and as part of the I-Threes, the vocal trio that backed Bob Marley & the Wailers. Plus more music for the July Santana feature - including covers of his songs from Angelique Kidjo and Africando and music from the Corazon and Caravanserai albums – and a new roots reggae set from Quantic and a new release from acclaimed African guitarist Djelimady Tounkara.

Tuesday, July 26

Monday 7.25.16

Night Train marks birthdays of contemporary jazz drummer Brian Blade, vocalist Annie Ross (of the famed vocalese group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross) and Ellington saxophonist Johnny Hodges. Plus more jazz guitar for the Charlie Christian Centennial birthday celebration (including John Scofield, Charlie Hunter’s new album, the Howard Alden/Andy Brown Quartet, and Christian with the Benny Goodman Sextet) – and new music from the Organik Vibe Trio, The Hot Sardines, Cyrus Chestnut and Andy Narell.

Tuesday 7.26.16

Buddy Guy Grand Finale

Jul 25, 2016

July 29/31

Buddy Guy’s 80th birthday is this Saturday (July 30) and Crossroads wraps up its month-long celebration with more music from Guy in hour one of the show (including music he did in Junior Wells’ band, as part of Buddy and the Juniors, and from several of his own albums) – and then in hour two of the show, it’s a Buddy Guy special exploring his life and music.

Monday 7.18.16

Night Train highlights ‘new standards’ and tribute albums tonight – including Tierney Sutton’s celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell, a Joni cover from Claire Martin and music from Mitchell’s standards album, Both Sides Now – also the Trio of Oz doing Stone Temple Pilots; Deep Blue Organ Trio with a hit from Rufus; Benny Golson’s celebration of the tenor in jazz; Steve Turre’s salute to trombonists who were part of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers; and Carmen McCrae with music of Billie Holiday.

Tuesday 7.19.16