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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November 25/27

Crossroads pays tribute to two special artists whose work was rooted in classic blues and soul – pianist, singer and songwriter Mose Allison, and soul singer Sharon Jones – who both recently passed away. The show highlights music from across their careers and, in hour two, presents a special live performance from Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at the Sasquatch Music Festival.

November 18/20

Crossroads continues the November Texas Blues feature with a special salute to both legendary blues rocker Stevie Ray Vaughan (including a special in hour two of the show) and also to the “Godfather of Austin Blues,” W.C. Clark, who turned 77 earlier this week.

Plus Texas bluesmen Albert Collins and Johnny Copeland, and  new music from Tweed Funk, Katy Guillen & the Girls, Joanna Connor, Mighty Sam McClain and Bobby Rush.

Monday 11.14.16

Night Train marks birthdays of two acclaimed pianists George Cables (with music from his new Cables Songbook album) and Ellis Marsalis (including a special in hour two of the show). Plus music from November featured artist Lou Donaldson and a cover of one of his classic compositions by Texas bluesman Clarence ‘Gatemouth’ Brown, and a reissue of Milt Jackson’s classic Sunflower album.

Tuesday 11.15.16


Monday, November 14

Global Village marks the birthday of zydeco legend Buckwheat Zydeco (Stanley Dural), who passed away in September, and of guitarist Derek Gripper; continues with more music from Haiti for the November feature, this time from the Haitian konpa band D.P. Express; highlights two very different accordion styles – from Spain’s Victor Prieto and Cape Verde’s Bitori; and showcases an African-inspired piece from Texas blues legend Johnny Copeland.

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Monday 11.7.16

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday of acclaimed singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell. Night Train highlights jazz versions of some of her classic songs from the likes of Herbie Hancock, Karrin Allyson, Diana Krall, Pat Martino with Cassandra Wilson, Tierney Sutton and more, along with a track from Mitchell’s Mingus album,  and in hour two, a special devoted to her classic album, Blue.

Tuesday 11.8.16

Monday, November 7

Global Village marks the birthday of famed singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell with some world music inspired versions of her songs from Monty Alexander, the Rumba Club, and Carol Bach-Y-Rita, and Joni Mitchell as a special guest on Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters album. Plus birthday salutes to Brazilian composer Ary Barroso and Bay Area Latin jazz drummer and bandleader Brian Andres.

Tuesday, November 8

November 11/13

Crossroads kicks off the November Texas Blues feature with music from one of the pioneers of electric Texas blues, the legendary T-Bone Walker - and from one of the stars of the contemporary Austin blues scene, Jimmie Vaughan, with music he did with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, with Omar Kent Dykes, at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads festival, on an album just out from the Knickerbocker All-Stars celebrating Texas blues connections, and in a House of Blues Special in hour two of the show.

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  1. Duke Robillard – Full Circle (Stony Plain)


  1. Nancy Wright – Playdate! (Vizztone)


  1. Dennis Gruenling – Ready or Not (Vizztone)


  1. Levee Town – Takin’ & Givin’ (Levee Town)


  1. Bobby Rush – Porcupine Meat (Rounder)


  1. Sam Cooke – The Complete Solo Singles (Acrobat)


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  1. Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano – Heritage (Qwest)


  1. Various artists – Urgent Jumping! (Sterns Music)


  1. Dzambo Agusevi Orchestra – Brass Like It Hot (ARC Music)


  1. Palo! – Yo Quiero Guarachar (Rolling Pin)


  1. Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – 55 (Big Crown)


  1. Various artists – Peru Rare Groove (World Music Network)


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  1. Bill Evans – Some Other Time (Resonance)


  1. John Scofield – Country for Old Men (Impulse)


  1. One for All – The Third Decade (Smoke Sessions)


  1. Catherine Russell- Harlem on My Mind (Jazz Village)


  1. Cyrus Chestnut – Natural Essence (High Note)


  1. Nels Cline – Lovers (Blue Note)