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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KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate International Women's Day with five hours of music from women artists. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on March 8. In honor of Women's History Month, KMUW Music is also featuring women artists throughout March.

Monday 3.5.18

Night Train highlights contemporary and classic female jazz singers for the March Women’s History Month Feature, along with music from pianist Marian McPartland whose centennial birthday is later this month. We’ll hear Billie Holiday, Stacey Kent, Dianne Reeves (a 2018 NEA Jazz Master), Jazzmeia Horn, Tierney Sutton, Dinah Washington and Blossom Dearie. Plus new music from pianists Takaaki Otono, Ben Paterson and Leslie Pintchik, soul jazz organ great Dr. Lonnie Smith, and the organ group B3B4.

Tuesday 3.6.18

Night Train marks the birthday of jazz guitar great Wes Montgomery with music from one of his classic albums, a tribute to him from former bandmate and organist Mel Rhyne, and a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show. We’ll also sneak in a little music from Western Swing great Bob Wills for his birthday, preview some jazz concerts coming up later in the week, and feature more music from Marian McPartland to mark her centennial birthday later this month.

Wednesday 3.7.18

Night Train highlights music from both legendary and contemporary pianists this evening – including Chick Corea, Red Garland, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Cyrus Chestnut, and Mose Allison. And as we continue our celebration of Women’s History Month, we’ll hear music from pianist Eliane Elias, bassist Katie Thiroux, and singers Molly Johnson (with a tribute to Billie Holiday) and Rachael Caswell.

Thursday 3.8.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate International Women’s Day with a program devoted to women artists. We’ll hear new music from the Diva Jazz Orchestra, pianist and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen, a Night Train 2017 favorite album from trombonist Audrey Ochoa, Piano Jazz Great Marian McPartland, singers Barbara Morrison and Etta Jones, and in hour two, a special celebrating Jazz Women of the ‘60s.

Monday, March 5

Global Village celebrates the music of Caribbean artist Eddy Grant with music from his early days in the pioneering inter-racial rock band, the Equals, through a number of his solo projects. Also music for the March feature celebrating women in world music for Women’s History Month – this time with music from legendary South African artist Miriam Makeba, a recent carnival remix EP featuring Cape Verde’s Cesaria Evora, Ethiopian artist Gigi, Brazili’s Flavia Coelho and Da Cruz, and the latest from ‘tropical popster’ Hollie Cook.

Tuesday, March 6

Global Village celebrates Ghanaian Independence Day with highlife and afrobeat sounds from such acclaimed artists as E.T. Mensah (“The King of Highlife”), Ebo Taylor, K. Frimpong, Pat Thomas and groundbreaking compilations like Afrobeat Airways and Ghana Special that introduced music of that country to a wider international audience.

Wednesday, March 7

Global Village continues the March Women’s History month feature with a program devoted to women of Africa. We’ll hear South African artists Miriam Makeba, the Dark City Sisters and Lorraine Klaasen (in a tribute to Makeba); Mali’s Oumou Sangare and Rokia Traore, along with a track from Les Amazones d’Afrique feature two singers from Mali; and Benin’s Angelique Kidjo, Eldia Almeida – a rising star from Cape Verde, Guinean singer Sia Tolno, and a rare female group from Nigeria, the Lijadu Sisters.

Thursday, March 8

Global Village celebrates International Women’s Day with music from female artists from around the world – including Cape Verde’s barefoot diva  Cesaria Evora, the Queen of Salsa  Celia Cruz, Mali’s acclaimed Oumou Sangare, fado star Mariza, African vocal group Zap Mama, and rock icon Marianne Faithfull.


Friday, March 9

Global Village marks the birthday of acclaimed Indian table player, composer and educator Zakir Hussain. We’ll hear the NEA Heritage Fellow in a number of cross cultural projects – with jazz artists John McLaughlin and Charles Lloyd; with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart (including on the release that won the first Grammy for Best World Music Album);  with contemporary classical ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, and Chinese pipa player Wu Man; as part of a trio with Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer; and finally with his father, Alla Rahka, another legendary table player known for his work with Ravi Shankar.

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March 9/11

Crossroads celebrates Women’s History Month with music from Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s one Grammy-nominated album, 2018 Blues Music Award nominee Vaneese Thomas, and country blues artist Rory Block, who will be featured in a concert performance in hour two of the show.

Also birthday salutes to Robin Trower and Lloyd Price, and new music from Peter Parcek, James Armstrong on Coco Montoya.

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  1. Stephane Wrembel – The Django Experiment III (Water Is Life)
  1. Alfredo Rodriguez – The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  1. Nina Simone – Mood Indigo: The Bethlehem Singles (Bethlehem)
  1. Houston Person – Rain or Shine (Hight Note)
  1. Eric Alexander – Song of No Regrets (High Note)
  1. Robert Kennedy – Closer to Home (Robert Kennedy)
  1. Steve Hobbs – Tribute to Bobby (Challenge)
  1. Dr. Lonnie Smith – All in My Mind (Blue Note)
  1. Roswell Rudd – Embrace (Rare Noise)
  1. Michel Camilo – Live in London (Redondo Music)

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  1. Johnny Tucker – Seven Day Blues (High John)


  1. Various artists – Howlin’ at Greaseland  (West Tone)
  1. Peter Parcek – Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (Lightnin’)
  1. Curtis Salgado/Alan Hagar – Rough Cut (Alligator)
  1. Muddy Gurdy – Muddy Gurdy (Vizztone)
  1. Wee Willie Walker & the Andy Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While (Blue Dot)
  1. Various Artists – Hard Core Harp (Electro Fi)
  1. Mavis Staples – If All I was Was Black (Anti-)
  1. The Rev. Shawn Amos – Breaks It Down (Put Together)
  1. Sweet Pea Atkinson – Get What You Deserve (Blue Note)

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  1. Samurai Accordion – Te (Visage)


  1. Julio Pereira – Praca do Comercio (Tradisom)
  1. Spanglish Fly – Ay Que Boogaloo! (Chaco)
  1. Otros Aires – Balkan Airs (Galileo)
  1. 3MA – Anarouz (Mad Minute)
  1. Gabacho Maroc – Tawassol (Sony)
  1. Alfredo Rodriguez – The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  1. Buffy Sainte-Marie – Medicine Songs (True North)
  1. Boubacar Traore – Dounia Tabolo (LusAfrica)
  1. Various – Rough Guide to the Music of West Africa (World Music Network)

Monday 2.26.18

Night Train kicks off the week with jazz guitarists – including Al DiMeola, Pat Metheny, Paco de Lucia, Steve Masakowski,  Will Bernard, Julian Lage, Melvin Sparks, Joe Pass, and George Benson.

Tuesday 2.27.18

Night Train pays tribute to violinist Didier Lockwood who passed away last week; marks birthdays of tenor sax giant Dexter Gordon, contemporary gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and organist Robert Kennedy; highlights new music guitarist Hristo Vitchev, and saxophonists Dan Block and Eric Alexander; and continues with the February duos feature including an unreleased duet set from saxophonist James Carter and pianist Cyrus Chestnut.

Wednesday 2.28.18

Night Train wraps up the February Duos Feature with duos projects from contemporary eclectic guitarist Julian Lage, including music from the Grammy nominated Mount Royal album with Chris Eldridge, and a 2017 Savannah Music Festival performance from the two in hour two of the show. We’ll also mark birthdays of Latin jazz percussionist Willie Bobo, singer Roseanna Vitro, and swing guitarist Marty Grosz, and highlight new music from Van Morrison, Steve Hobbs, and Rahsaan Barber.

Thursday 3.1.18

Night Train kicks off the March feature celebrating Women’s History Month with music from female jazz artists, including Marian McPartland who was born 100 years ago this month, and Kate McGarry from her new album. Plus birthday celebrations for trombonist Benny Powell, guitarist Ralph Towner (from his latest solo album and in duo projects with Gary Burton and Paolo Fresu), and Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta, including a performance he did as part of Trio da Paz at the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show.

Monday, February 26

The last Monday of every month, Global Village heads to the Savannah Music Festival to present some of today’s finest world music artists in concert. This month, and in conjunction with the February Duos feature, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival presents the exquisite musical pairing of Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal. The duo, who have recorded two critically acclaimed albums together and worked with a broad range of artists from around the globe, elegantly blend traditional and contemporary African and European influences into their own distinctive new form of “Chamber Music.”

Tuesday, February 27

It’s Independence Day in the Dominican Republic and the climax of a month (!) of carnival celebrations that go on there every year. Global Village celebrates with classic and contemporary merengue and bachata from Juan Luis Guerra, Wilfredo Vargas, Luis Vargas and more. Plus music from Red Baraat, DJ Dolores, and some blasts from the past from BeatleJazz and Jesse Winchester.

Wednesday, February 28

Global Village explores South American jazz with music from the Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet; Colombian percussionist Samuel Torres; Brazil’s Forro in the Dark, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and Jovino Santos Neto; Diego Urcola and Dino Saluzzi from Argentina; for the February duos feature the meeting of Peruvian percussions Alex Acuña and Colombian flutist Justo Almario; and there are also some “false Bahians” - Grupo Falso Baiano - who play choro-jazz.

Thursday, March 1

Global Village marks the birthdays of roots reggae great Burning Spear, Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta, world chamber jazz guitarist Ralph Towner, and world music pioneer Harry Belafonte. We kick off the March feature celebrating Women’s History Month and the March birthday of South African great Miriam Makeba with a Grammy-winning recording Makeba did with Belafonte. And for the Independence Day of Bosnia-Herzegovina, some traditional and contemporary sounds from that country from Goran Bregovic, Divinhana, Mostar Sevdah Reunion and more.

Friday, March 2

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of recently released and forthcoming world music albums.  Among the highlights this time:

The Golan Heights band Tootard

Next generation Tuareg group Imarhan

Fela’s son Femi Kuti

The contemporary Malian duo of Djeneba & Fousco

South African vocal group Afrika Mamas

Middle Eastern inspired sounds from Norway’s Nutopia

And a number of European neo-traditional groups, including Monsieur Doumani from Cyprus, L’Alba from Corsica, Gaiteiros de Lisboa from Portugal, and El Naan from Spain

March 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 feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

One of Muddy Waters’ sons, Mud Morganfield

A 25th anniversary celebration from Reverend Raven & the Chain Smoking Altar Boys

A second album from International Blues Challenge competitor Greg Sover

A live 2017 recording from blues-rock legend John Mayall

Kansas City favorites Danielle Nicole, and Katy Guillen & the Girls

And we kick off the March Women’s History Month/Blues Women feature with more new releases from Sue Foley and other women blues artists.