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 7.4.16

Night Train celebrates the 4th of July with two special live performances from the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. In hour one of the show, the Airmen are joined by one of the top vibes players in jazz today – Stefon Harris. Then in hour two, they greet two special guests – trumpeter Marvin Stamm (whose credits include working with everyone from Stan Kenton and Paul Desmond to Donald Fagen and Deodato) and West Coast pianist and popular session player Bill Mays.

Tuesday 7.5.16

July 8/10

Crossroads begins the July feature, celebrating Buddy Guy’s 80th birthday, with music from his latest album, Born to Play Guitar, which just picked up five nominations in the Living Blues Awards.

1. Ed Cherry – Soultree (Posi-Tone)

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

3. George Coleman – A Master Speaks (Smoke Sessions)

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

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

6. Benny Golson – Horizon Ahead (High Note)

7. Frank Catalano/Jimmy Chamberlain – Bye Bye Blackbird (Ropeadope)

8. Antonio Adolfo – Tropical Infinito (AAM)

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

2. The Wailers – The Wailing Wailers (Studio One/Yep Roc)

3. Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley (Tuff Gong)

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

5. Breabach – Astar (Breabach)

6. Alma Afrobeat Ensemble – It’s Time (Slow Walk Music)

7. Buyepongo – Todo Mundo (Buyepongo)

8. Fela Ransome Kuti & Koola Lobitos – Highlife-Jazz and Afro Soul (Knitting Factory)



  1. Various artists – Alligator Records 45th Anniversary Collection (Alligator)

2. Toronzo Cannon – The Chicago Way (Alligator)

3. Moreland and Arbuckle – Paradise or Bust (Alligator)

4. Curtis Salgado – The Beautiful Low Down (Alligator)

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

6. Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party at Big Jon’s (Delta Groove)

7. Big Harp George – Wash My Horse in Champagne (Blues Mountain)

Monday 6.27.16

The National Endowment for the Arts has just announced the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters – an annual award recognizing some of the best living jazz musicians. The upcoming year’s honorees include singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Dave Holland, pianist Dick Hyman, and organist Dr. Lonnie Smith. This special edition of Night Train features music from all four artists – along with music from past NEA Jazz Masters including June featured artist Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Gary Burton, George Coleman, and Benny Golson.

Monday, June 27

Global Village marks the birthday of one of the great Bollywood music directors, R.D. Burman, who revolutionized the music in Indian films with his adventurous use of rock, Latin, Arabic and other influences. We also continue our June Silk Road feature with music from another Silk Road Ensemble member, Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato; feature music from bassist Dave Holland – who was just named as an NEA Jazz Master for 2017; and highlight new music from Spanish Afrobeat band, the Alma Afrobeat Ensemble and the Cocek! Brass Band.

July 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:

Singer Alexis P. Suter

A funky new set from the Soul of John Black

The return of Tweed Funk

A live set from Walter Trout