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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June 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:

New Memphis Soul inspired albums from Robert Cray, Amy Black, John Nemeth & more to kick off the June Memphis Soul feature

A previously unreleased concert performance from the late, great Swamp Boogie Queen Katie Webster

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Monday, May 29

Global Village highlights Cuban guitarists, including acclaimed classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco (from his Cuba! Album) and two guitarists associated with the Buena Vista Social Club – Manual Galban (from his earlier work as guitarist and musical director with the Cuban doo wop group Los Zafiros) and Eliades Ochoa (on a release with sister Maria Ochoa and Alma Latina).

Plus guitar music as well from a solo release by  John Doyle (a former member of Solas), Berlin’s 17 Hippies with special guest guitarists Marc Ribot and Jakob Ilja, guitarists Beppe Gambetta & Tony McManus, Spanish guitarist Carlos Timon, and, for the May Golden Age of African music feature, classic guitar bands from Senegal (Orchestra Baobab) and Tanzania (Orchestra Super Volcano).

Tuesday, May 30

Global Village marks the birthday of Latin jazz, soul and rock percussionist Armando Peraza with music he did as a leader and with Santana, Mongo Santamaria, Randy Weston, and Cal Tjader. Plus new music from Latin jazz percussionist Ray Mantilla, Red Baraat, and the 25th anniversary reissue of Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum.

Wednesday, May 31

Global Village pays a visit to Colombia for a wide array of styles and artists – including the contemporary rock group Aterciopelados, popular singer Carlos Vives (from a 2014 album that took home two Latin Grammys), the Afrosound of Colombia Vol. 2 and Colombia! The Golden Age of Discos Fuentes compilations, and some contemporary classical sounds from the album, Guitar Music of Colombia.

Thursday, June 1

Global Village heads to Italy for a variety of different sounds from pioneering neo-folk accordionist Riccardo Tesi, the Napoli Mandolin Orchestra (with spaghetti western music!), Stefano Saletti with his Piccola Banda Ikona group, folk & jazz saxophonist Enzo Avitabile, and the traditional pipes groups Zampogneria. Plus the latest from Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, Quadro Nuevo with Cairo Steps, and Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca.

Friday, June 2

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:

Zaire 74 – the first release of the African artists who appeared at the music festival held in advance of the famous ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ Ali-Foreman fight

Pop Makossa – featuring the lively sounds of ‘70s Cameroon

Afrobeat legend Tony Allen’s tribute to legendary jazz drummer Art Blakey

The first new album in eight years from the great Malian singer Oumou Sangare

An eclectic new Latin jazz set from percussionist Ray Mantilla

And reggae from roots revivalists Morgan Heritage, reggae veterans teamed up as the Kingston All Stars, a reissue of a classic dub set from Tommy McCook & the Aggrovators, and Latin classics done reggae style from Ozomatli.

Monday 5.29.17

It’s a Memorial Day tradition as Night Train steps aside to present two special hours of live music featuring the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. In hour one, the Airmen are joined by trombonist Steve Turre, and in hour two their special guest is pianist Cyrus Chestnut.

Tuesday 5.30.17

Monday 5.22.17

Night Train marks birthdays of Sun Ra (including a Jazz Profiles Special in hour two) and trombonist Nick Finzer;  features artists appearing at the KC Jazz & Heritage Fest; has more from May featured artist Ron Carter – this time with guitarists Wes Montgomery and Steve Khan; and highlights new music from tenor saxophonist Nick Fowser and trumpeter Terell Stafford.

Tuesday 5.23.17

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Monday, May 22

In conjunction with the May ‘Golden Age of African Music’ feature, Global Village highlights music this time from the legendary Orchestra Baobab. The group formed in 1970 and its inspired combination of Cuban and Senegalese music made it one of the top bands of the era. New styles and sounds led to Baobab disbanding in the ‘80s, but they reformed in 2001 and past and later releases attracted a new world music audience. The show highlights music from across the band’s career, from early work to their new album, Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng. Plus new music from Colombian band Systema Solar, the Gypsy Cuban Project, and the Cape Verdean Synthesize the Soul compilation.

Tuesday, May 23

Global Village highlights some impressive neo-folk groups from Europe including the critically acclaimed Hungarian band Sondorgo, Italy’s Unavantaluna, Finnish accordionist Maria Kalaniemi, and from Spain, the Basque group Korrontzi and Basque accordionist Keja Junkera with over 200 Galician musicians on the massive Galiza project.

Wednesday, May 24

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Bob Dylan in a show devoted to world music artists doing Dylan songs and world music-influenced  versions of his work. There’s Dylan tunes off new albums by Cuba’s Vocal Sampling, the art-folk Quercus trio (June Tabor, Huw Warren & Iain Bellamy), and the Hudson album from Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield.  Plus Dylan covers from Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Robert Plant, Toots Hibbert and more.

Thursday, May 25

On this date in 1963, independent nations of Africa formed the Organization of African Unity. This has since been celebrated across Africa and around the world as Africa Day. It is a public holiday in several African countries and Global Village highlights music from them in this special edition of the show. Among the artists featured: Zimbabwe’s Thomas Mapfumo, Zambia’s Brian Chilala, Guinea’s Balla et ses Balladins, Ghana’s Ebo Taylor and C.K. Mann, and from Mali, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba.

Friday, May 26

Global Village continues the May ‘Golden Age of African Music’ feature with a preview of a compilation out next month of pop makossa from ‘70s Cameroon. Plus birthday salutes to Brazilian guitarist and accordionist Sivuca, Buena Vista Social Club pianist Ruben Gonzalez, and some world-influenced pieces from Sketches of Spain and Miles from India for Miles Davis’s birthday.

May 26/28

Crossroads wraps up the May Taj Mahal feature with several albums spanning his career.

Plus more 2017 Blues Music Award winners – including Curtis Salgado, Kenny Neal and Eric Bibb – along with concert previews, and a birthday salute to T Bone Walker, including a special featuring classic tracks from the blues legend and electric guitar pioneer in hour two.

Monday 5.15.17

Night Train marks birthdays of Brazilian guitarist, composer and bossa nova pioneer Oscar Castro-Neves, and of pianist Ellis Larkins (including a Jazz Profiles special about Larkins in hour two of the show). Plus more from May featured artist, bassist Ron Carter, with Joey Baron and Antonio Carlos Jobim, and new music from  pianist and vocalist Eliane Elias, drummer Peter Erskine and his Dr. Um Band, and pianist Bill O’Connell.

Tuesday 5.16.17

Monday, May 15

Global Village marks the birthday of Brian Eno with music from some of his early solo albums, world music projects with Ugandan artist Geoffrey Oryema, Ghanian band Edikanfo, and David Byrne, and also music from an album he picked as one of his favorites, Fela’s Afrodesiac. It’s also the birthday of Brazilian guitarist, composer and bossa nova pioneer Oscar Castro-Neves, and there’s new music from Italian afrobeat group, the Mamud Band, and the Lost in China compilation.

Tuesday, May 16

May 19/21

Lots happening this week at the Crossroads, including more music from May featured artist Taj Mahal, some of the newly announced Blues Music Award Winners, music from artists appearing at two major blues festivals next week, and a birthday salute to Fats Waller.