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, January 15

Global Village celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with songs dedicated to him, music inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, and pieces that reflect human rights themes as performed by artists from around the globe, including Mavis Staples, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Toots & the Maytals, Stevie Wonder and more.

Tuesday, January 16

In conjunction with the January feature looking back at world music of 2017, Global Village devotes a show to some of the many musicians who passed away last year -- including Nigeria’s William Onyeabor, two members of the German band Can (Jaki Liebezeit and Holger Czukay), South African guitarist Ray Phiri, Haiti folk musician and activist Manno Charlemagne (from an album produced by filmmaker Jonathan Demme who also passed away in 2017), Maggie Roche of the Roches, Cuban tres player Papi Oviedo, Malagasy accordionist Regis Gizavo, trombonist Roswell Rudd, Latin jazz flutist Dave Valentin, and accordion whiz Dick Contino.

Wednesday, January 17

Global Village highlights some world jazz sounds this time,  including music from free-jazz legend Ornette Coleman with tabla great Badal Roy, African jazz from vocalist Gino Sitson, Brazilian jazz from clarinetist Anat Cohen, the Latin Side of Peanuts pianist Vince Guaraldi, pioneering world chamber jazz ensemble Oregon, and South African jazz legend Abdullah Ibrahim.

Thursday, January 18

It’s world pianos this time in the Global Village, as we highlight some keyboard players in different styles and from different parts of the world. Among the artists featured, 2018 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominees Antonio Adolfo and Pablo Ziegler, South African great Abdullah Ibrahim, January featured artist Esquivel, Chick Corea with flamenco guitar great Paco de Lucia, and new albums from Michel Camilo and Omar Sosa.

Friday, January 19

Global Village visits the ‘New World’ for music from Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, the Crescent City, and more. Among the highlights – a calypso classic from Maya Angelou, Jordi Savall’s Colombina Songbook of music from the library of the youngest son of Christopher Columbus, Simon & Garfunkel’s meditation on “America,” Cuba’s Cachao, and the Buena Vista Social Club, and Haiti’s Zenglen, and Les Freres Parents with the Neville Brothers.

Monday 1.8.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummers Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Eddie Daniels) and Bill Goodwin (Phil Woods, Tom Waits), and pianist Pamela Wise, and continues with more of the Best of 2017 – including show favorites from Steve Khan and Delfeayo Marsalis, and Grammy nominee John Beasley and his Monk’estra. Also one of the first releases of 2018 – a tribute to Bobby Hutcherson from Steve Hobbs, and the latest from Sherman Irby, Houston Person, and Eric Alexander.

Tuesday 1.9.18

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and Ellington orchestra singer Betty Roche. Plus new music from gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and more of the best of 2017, including singer Cecile McLorin Salvant and pianist Michel Camilo.

Wednesday 1.10.18

Night Train marks the birthday of legendary jazz drummer Max Roach with music he did with the all-percussion M’Boom band, with Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus, and also with Clifford Brown, plus a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show. Also more of the Best of 2017, including the Grammy nominated singer Nancy King with the Randy Porter Trio, along with new music from Organissimo, and a preview of an album out at the end of the week from 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Thursday 1.11.18

As part of the January Best of 2017 Feature, Night Train remembers artists who passed away last year. Tonight’s show is a special tribute to master guitarist Larry Coryell, with music from his early days with Chico Hamilton, in a variety of settings as leader, in collaborations with Gary Burton and Steve Khan, and  in hour two in a special concert performance.

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Monday, January 8

This time in the Global Village, it’s Africa-Latin, the meeting of African and Afro-Cuban music and musicians. We’ll hear selections from the East Africa compilation Urgent Jumping, Cameroon’s Richard Bona from the first project he did with an Afro-Cuban band, Angolan artist Ricardo Lemvo and his Latin group Makina Loca, Congolese Rumba and Soukous stars Wendo Kolosoy, Kanda Bongo Man and Kekele, Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab, and the meeting of African and Latin musicians in the group Africando.

Tuesday, January 9

Global Village highlights some African blues in this visit – including music from guitar greats Ali Farka Toure and Djelimady Tounkara, the ‘desert blues’ of Bombino and Imarhan, blues harmonica player JeConte with the Mali All Stars, world-jazz guitarist Leni Stern, and the Soul of John Black.

Wednesday, January 10

Global Village marks the birthday of Cyril Neville with music he did as a solo artist and in guest appearances with Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Wild Magnolias, and Galactic. We also remember Roswell Rudd and continue the January feature of show favorites of 2017 and the centennial birthday celebration for lounge music great, Juan Garcia Esquivel.

Thursday, January 11

The January Best of 2017 feature continues on the Global Village with music from the Grammy nominated Bobo Yeye compilation; show favorites from Alash, Orchestre Les Mangelepa, and the Zaire 74 set; and also Vicente Amigo - a Latin Grammy winner, Grammy nominee, and the debut artist in a new concert series starting later this month on the Global Village featuring world music performances from the Savannah Music Festival. Also more from Esquival for his centennial birthday, from his Latinesque album and from a tribute from Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica).

Friday, January 12

Global Village continues the January Best of 2017 and Esquivel centennial feature, along with birthday celebrations this time for Crescent City great Allen Toussaint, world-jazz trumpeter Olu Dara, and saxophonist Roland Alphonso of the Skatalites.

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January 12/14

Crossroads continues the January Best of 2017 feature with music from the double-Grammy nominated release, Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams, along with covers of the mysterious gospel blues great’s songs by Mavis Staples, Ry Cooder, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe (who will be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame this year).

Also music from Elmore James, featured throughout the month as well for his centennial birthday, birthday salutes to Crescent City great Allen Toussaint and R&B star Ruth Brown, and in hour two, as the show continues a month-long series of specials featuring this year’s Grammy nominees, a live performance from Sonny Landreth, along with special guest and another Grammy nominee, Guy Davis.

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Monday 1.1.18

Night Train kicks off the new year with birthday salutes to Chris Potter (from his double-Grammy nominated 2017 release), Latin jazz artists Manny Oquendo and Andy Gonzalez, bassist Al McKibbon, singer Susannah McCorkle, and vibes master and Modern Jazz Quartet member Milt Jackson. Also, music from the 2017 Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated album from Antonio Adolfo, and in hour two a salute to Milt Jackson and the Modern Jazz Quartet from Aaron Diehl at the Savannah Music Festival.

Tuesday 1.2.18

Night Train features music from several show favorites from 2017 for the January feature – including the Audrey Ochoa Trio, Fred Hersch, and the Christian McBride Big Band. There’s also music from two artists born on this date, the Crescent City’s Trombone Shorty and Chicago saxophonist Ari Brown.

Wednesday 1.3.18

Night Train marks the birthday of saxophonist James Carter and continues with more of the Best of 2017, with both show favorites and Grammy nominees featured tonight, including Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge, Joey DeFrancesco, Louis Hayes, Jazzmeia Horn, and Pat Martino, along with tributes to Arthur Blythe, Horace Parlan, and Larry Coryell who passed away in 2017.

Thursday 1.4.18

Night Train marks the birthdays of multi-instrumentalist and hipster Slim Gaillard, saxophone and flute player Frank Wess, and guitarist John McLaughlin (including a special with McLaughlin in hour two of the show). Plus more for the January Best of 2017 feature, including Grammy-nominated releases from Cecile McLorin Salvant, the Randy Porter Trio with Nancy King, and three generations of Latin jazz musicians on the Familia album.

Monday, January 1

Global Village begins 2018 with music from a long list of musicians born on the first day of the year, including ‘Mambo King’ Xavier Cugat, Latin jazz bassist Al McKibbon, kora player Sekou Kouyate, African reggae star Alpha Blondy, vibes player Milt Jackson, Indian rock sitarist Ashwin Batish, and Latin percussionist Manny Oquendo along with bassist Andy Gonzalez, who was the musical director for Oquendo’s Libre group.

Tuesday, January 2

Tuesday’s Global Village is devoted to the many sounds and influences of Cuban music – from groundbreaking bands like Irakere and Buena Vista Social Club, to contemporary jazz performers like Harold Lopez-Nussa and Jane Bunnett & Maqueque (from their Grammy nominated release Oddara), along with some different sounds from the Cuban-influenced Senegalese band Orchestra Baobab, Cuba-based Haitian group Desandann, and classical meets Cuba music of the Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion.

Wednesday, January 3

Global Village counts down the Top Ten favorite albums of 2017 to kick off the January feature looking back at the best of the past year. Throughout the month, Global Village features show favorites, award winners, nominees and other significant releases of 2017. The full list of show favorites is on our website at

Thursday, January 4

Global Village heads to Scandinavia for music from artists ranging from the traditional to the contemporary – incorporating not only folk influences of the region, but world, jazz, rock and other sounds in fresh and intriguing new ways. Among the groups and artists featured – internationally acclaimed folk-rock ensemble Varttina, long-running eclectic band Piirpauke, neo-folk rocker Pekko Kappi, folk-jazz artist Sinikka Langeland, the all harmonica and mouth organ group Svang, the English-Scandinavian folk-jazz ensemble Fatdog,  and American saxophonist Juli Wood with jazz reinterpretations of Finnish folk songs.

Friday, January 5

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 return of the Nighthawk reggae label with reissues from the Gladiators and Ethiopian

Portuguese cavaquinho player Julio Pereira

Gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel

A solo project from Kila’s piper Eoin Dillon

Canadian world-jazz drummer Ilios Steryannis

And Cuban pianist Omar Sosa with Germany’s NDR Bigband

January 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 feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

Previews of January releases from Tinsley Ellis, Billy Thompson, Lex Grey & the Urban Pioneers, Curtis Salgado with Alan Hagar, and an all-star tribute to blues legend Elmore James, Strange Angels, for his centennial.

Crossroads also kicks off its own month-long salute to Elmore James and the January Best of 2017 feature, including a series of specials featuring some of this year’s blues Grammy nominees. This week it’s Traditional Blues Album nominee Eric Bibb in a live performance from the Fur Peace Ranch.

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  1. Orchestre Les Mangelepa – Last Band Standing (Strut)


  1. Boubacar Traore – Dounia Tabolo (LusAfrica)
  1. The Expanders – Old Time Something Come Back Again Vol. 2 (Easy Star)
  1. Various Artists – Andina (Tiger’s Milk)
  1. Various Artists – The Original Sound of Burkina Faso (Mr. Bongo)
  1. Ladama – Ladama (Six Degrees)
  1. Ken Boothe – Inna de Yard (Wagram)
  1. Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band – Bone Reader (Grigri)
  1. Da Cruz – Eco Do Futuro (Boom Jah)
  1. Various – Sweet as Broken Dates (Ostinato)

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  1. Roswell Rudd – Embrace (Rare Noise)


  1. Cory Weeds – Let’s Groove: The Music of Earth, Wind & Fire (Cellar Live)
  1. Vincent Herring – Hard Times (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Delfeayo Marsalis – Kalamazoo (Troubadour Jass)
  1. Johnny O’Neal – In the Moment (Smoke Sessions)
  1. Eric Alexander – Song of No Regrets (High Note)
  1. Jacques Lesure – For the Love of You (WJ3)
  1. Nestor Torres – Jazz Flute Traditions (Alfi)
  1. Willie Jones III – My Point Is… (WJ3)
  1. Pat Martino – Formidable (High Note)

  1.   Peter Parcek – Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven (Lightnin’)
  2. Duke Robillard - …and His Dames of Rhythm (M.C. Records)
  3. James Armstrong – Blues Been Good to Me (Catfood)
  4. Sweet Pea Atkinson – Get What You Deserve (Blue Note)
  5. Andrea Marr – Natural (Only Blues Music)
  6. Van Morrison – Roll with the Punches (Exile/Caroline)
  7. Wee Willie Walker & the Andy Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While (Blue Dot)
  8. Jim Byrnes – Long Hot Summer Days (Black Hen)
  9. Kim Wilson – Blues & Boogie Vol. 1 (Severn)
  10. Benny Turner – My Brother’s Blues (NOLA Blue)