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

  1. Vincent Herring - Hard Times (Smoke Sessions)
  2. Ben Allison - Layers of the City (Sonic Camera)
  3. Peter Erskine New Trio - In Praise of Shadows (Fuzzy Music)
  4. Jack DeJohnette, Larry Goldings, John Medeski, John Scofield - Hudson (Motema)
  5. Ralph Towner - My Foolish Heart (ECM)
  6. Roswell Rudd - Embrace (Rare Noise)
  7. Ben Sidran - Picture Him Happy (Nardis Music)
  8. Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge - Whispers on the Wind (MAMA)
  9. Audrey Ochoa Trio - Afterthought (Chronograph)
  10. Johnny O'Neal - In the Moment (Smoke Sessions)

  1. Sabil - Zabad, l'écume des nuits . Zabad, Twilight Tide (Harmonia Mundi)
  2. Girma Beyene & Akale Wube - Ethiopiques 30: Mistakes On Purpose (Buda Musique)
  3. L’ Orchestre Afrisa International – Melanie (Colomotion)
  4. Matthieu Saglio & Jose “El Piru” – Petit à petit (Saglio & Piru)
  5. Avi Avital & Omer Avital – Avital Meets Avital (Deutsche Grammophon)
  6. Trio da Kali & Kronos Quartet – Ladilikan (World Circuit)
  7. Orchestre Les Mangelepa - Last Band Standing (Strut)
  8. Boubacar Traore – Dounia Tabolo (LusAfrica)
  9. Tamikrest – Kidal (Glitterbeat)
  10. Biflats - Catalan Fanfare! (Picap)

  1. Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (Jay-Vee)
  2. Wee Willie Walker & the Andy Paule Soul Orchestra – After a While (Blue Dot)
  3. Sherman Holmes Project – The Richmond Sessions (M.C.)
  4. Sonny Landreth – Recorded Live in Lafayette (Provogue)
  5. Altered Five Blues Band – Charmed and Dangerous (Blind Pig)
  6. John Primer & Bob Corritore – Ain’t Nothing You Can Do (Delta Groove)
  7. Eric Bibb – Migration Blues (Stony Plain)
  8. Van Morrison – Roll with the Punches (Exile/Caroline)
  9. Savoy Brown – Witchy Feelin’ (Ruf)
  10. James Armstrong – Blues Been Good to Me (Catfood)

Monday 12.25.17

Night Train steps aside tonight for two holiday specials from the long-running holiday series, Joy To the World. In hour one pianist Bob Thompson and his band are joined by vocalist Meredith Dean Augustin, and in hour two, the special guest is singer Kim Nalley.

Tuesday 12.26.17

Night Train marks the birthday of John Scofield with music he did as a leader, with the new Hudson ensemble, and as a special guest with Joey DeFrancesco, Mose Alison, McCoy Tyner, and Gerry Mulligan. Night Train also remembers Kansas City vocalist Kevin Mahogany throughout the week – including tonight music from both his first and last albums and a release with the Dave Stryker Organ Trio. Also new music from Van Morrison, Danny Grissett, Steve Slagle, and the Phil DeGreg Trio.

Wednesday 12.27.17

Not quite 76, but lots of trombones tonight on the Night Train – including more from Roswell Rudd, who passed away last week, with Steve Lacy and from his album Trombone for Lovers. Also trombonists Curtis Fuller, J.J. Johnson, Delfeayo Marsalis, Conrad Herwig, Wycliffe Gordon, and Steve Turre. Night Train also continues its week-long tribute to Kansas City vocalist Kevin Mahogany with music he did in the Robert Altman film Kansas City, and on his first solo album. And there’s new music from George Freeman, Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring, Chuck Owen and Gerald Beckett.

Thursday 12.28.17

Night Train marks a number of jazz birthdays – including Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, Michel Petrucciani, Lonnie Liston Smith, Charles Neville, Ed Thigpen, and Joe Cohn. It’s also the birthday of saxophonist and composer Ted Nash and in hour two of the show, he talks about his ambitious Presidential Suite project that took home a Grammy last year. Night Train also continues its salute to two great jazz artists who recently passed away – Kansas City singer Kevin Mahogany and trombonist Roswell Rudd.  And there’s new music from organist Caesar Frazier, flutist Nestor Torres, singer Johnny O’Neal, and the Christian McBride Big Band.

December 29/31

Crossroads wraps up the year with music from two artists born on the last day of the year – folk, blues and spirituals singer and Civil Rights activist Odetta, and blues rocker George Thorogood. We’ll highlight some of the blues music Odetta recorded, along with George Thorogood’s first hit, music from his latest solo album, and a House of Blues Special with him as a special guest in hour two.

Also music from newly-announced Rock Hall of Fame inductees Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone, and new music from Mitch Woods, Peter Parcek, Duke Robillard, and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

Monday, December 25

Not a silent night, but a quiet one as Global Village marks the holiday season with some traditional, folk, and generally more gentle seasonal songs from around the globe - including holiday Hawaiian slack key and flamenco guitar, the Westminster Concert Bell Choir, Loreena McKennitt, Anuna, Chaise Lounge, Boys of the Lough, and Brazilian singer Joyce.

Tuesday, December 26

Global Village heads to the Caribbean for music from Cuba, Jamaica, Trinidad, Martinique, and more. Artists featured include Cuba’s acclaimed Buena Vista Social club, also Kali, the Solo Harmonites, Ray Obiedo, and Playing for Change 3. Plus some Caribbean inspired music from jazz great Ornette Coleman.

Wednesday, December 27

Global Village highlights African guitarists including Malian artists Boubacar Traore, Ali Farka Toure, and Djelimady Tounkara, along with Benin’s Lionel Loueke, and from Madagascar, guitarist D’Gary. Plus new music from Songhoy Blues, Taj Mahal with Keb’Mo, and piper and Kila member Eoin Dillon.

Thursday, December 28

Global Village celebrates the birthday of saxophonist and percussionist Charles Neville with music he did with the Neville Brothers, Wild Tchoupitoulas, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble and Diversity. Plus new music from Da Cruz, Orchestre Les Mangelepa, Bokante, and the Indian Groove compilation.

Friday, December 29

Global Village ends the year the way it began and the way the show began 10 years ago in January of 2007. We kicked off the program – and our 10th anniversary celebrations - with a countdown of the Top 10 world music favorites of 2006. It was the first feature on Global Village and showcased a diverse and surprising collection of music from across Africa, Europe, Central and South America. It’s a tradition Global Village has continued every year since and will once again in January when the show looks back at the best world music of 2017.


KMUW Music marks the first day of winter with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Thursday, December 21, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight to celebrate the new season.


Starting at 7:00 p.m., Global Village marks the first day of winter with a show devoted to songs of the season. Artists featured include Leonard Cohen, Gil Scott-Heron, Boys of the Lough, Bebel Gilberto, ErsatzMusika, Loreena McKennitt, Esquivel and more.

Monday 12.18.17

Night Train marks the centennial birthday of jump blues saxophonist and singer Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, along with birthdays of Texas guitarist Pee Wee Crayton, saxophonist Harold Land, and influential arranger and bandleader Fletcher Henderson (including a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show). Also music from Nina Simone (a new Rock Hall of Fame inductee), a tribute to pianist Willie Pickens, and new music from Organissimo, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Harold Mabern, and Vincent Herring.

Tuesday 12.19.17

Another round of birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train for trombonist Bob Brookmeyer (including a Jazz Profiles special featuring him in hour two), pianist and Jazz Messenger Bobby Timmons, saxophonist and Chick Corea band member Eric Marienthal, trumpeters Kermit Ruffins and Bob Lark, and guitarist Jacques Lesure.  Plus new music from Tom Harrell, and Arturo O’Farrill with Chucho Valdes.

Wednesday 12.20.17

Night Train showcases new releases tonight, including 2017 Holiday albums from the Michael Treni Big Band, Chris Pasin, Smoky Greenwell, and U.S. Army Blues. Also new albums from Cory Weeds, Joey Alexander, Takaaki, Michel Camilo, Roswell Rudd and Willie Jones III.

Thursday 12.21.17

Night Train marks the first day of winter with a wide array of original and favorite songs of the season. Highlights include music from Cyrille Aimee, Sting, Al DiMeola, Frank Kimbrough and Dave Stryker in hour one; and Cyrus Chestnut, Pee Wee Ellis (of the James Brown Horns), the Yellowjackets, the Ted Rosenthal Trio, and Kurt Elling in hour two of the show.

(Global Village and Strange Currency also mark the Winter Solstice tonight.)

Monday, December 18

Some different Afrobeat sounds this time in the Global Village with music from Afro-Latin Afrobeat band Esso Afrojam Funkbeat, Toronto’s Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, Antibalas, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, and Afrobeat in a different time signature from Fela’s son, Femi Kuti.

Tuesday, December 19

Global Village marks the birthdays of New Orleans legend Professor Longhair and the Father of Ethiojazz Mulatu Astatke. Plus new music from Cuban pianist Hilario Duran, Gullah band Ranky Tanky, roots reggae group The Expanders, and The Original Sound of Burkina Faso compilation.

Wednesday, December 20

It’s a Global Village holiday extravaganza, featuring seasonal favorites done world music style and holiday songs from various corners of the globe. Highlights include the salsa Christmas classic Asalto Navideño, a favorite from Louis Armstrong, a tiny Nutcracker from the Modern Mandolin Quartet, a holiday favorite done punk-polka style by Brave Combo, and songs of the season from the Caribbean and New Orleans.

Thursday, December 21

Global Village marks the first day of winter with a show devoted to songs of the season. Artists featured include Leonard Cohen, Gil Scott-Heron, Boys of the Lough, Bebel Gilberto, ErsatzMusika, Loreena McKennitt, Esquivel and more.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also mark the Winter Solstice tonight.)

Friday, December 22

It’s a Global Village holiday extravaganza, featuring seasonal favorites done world music style and holiday songs from various corners of the globe. Highlights include some of Grant Green’s “Favorite Things,” a trenchant holiday original from Pumpkin Head Ted, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones with Tuvan throat singers with an inventive new take on a holiday favorite, a gypsy jazz celebration from the Gypsy Hombres, some Caribbean seasonal favorites, a South African reinterpretation of a holiday classic, and music from A Nomad Christmas.

Crossroads Holiday Show

Dec 19, 2017

December 22/24

It’s holiday time at the Crossroads, as the show features the best of blues, R&B and gospel seasonal favorites – including classics from B.B. King, Charles Brown, Ray Charles, the Persuasions, and Etta James; gospel groups the Campbell Brothers and the Swan Silvertones; and some quirky favorites from Swamp Dogg, Sonny Rhodes, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials and Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Wilson.