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, October 30 

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Latin Soul Jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez with music from across his career. We’ll hear some of his early work with West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader, guest appearances with the Caribbean Jazz Project and Dr. John, and music from albums he did as a leader including his Grammy-winning release Latin Soul.

Tuesday, October 31

Global Village celebrates Halloween with some music tricks and treats, ghosts and goblins, and lots of spirited and scary sounds.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also have Halloween specials tonight.)

Wednesday, November 1

Global Village kicks off the November feature with a whole show devoted to European neo-folk music, highlighting artists from across the continent inspired by traditional sounds, though in some cases adding contemporary and other stylistic influences. Among the artists featured are Italian neo-folk pioneer Riccardo Tesi, Galician piper and Silk Road Ensemble member Cristina Pato, Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, neo-rembetika group Trio Tekke, Sweden’s Vasen, and the Afro Celt Sound System.

Thursday, November 2

Global Village celebrates the birthday of English folk bassist Dave Pegg with music he did with Fairport Convention, John Martyn, Richard & Linda Thompson, and Nick Drake. Plus more music for the November Euro Neo Folk feature from Maria Kalaniemi, Topette!!, and Juan Carmona.

Friday, November 3

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:

West Coast Afro-Latin funk and cumbia band La Misa Negra

A new pop ‘songbook’ with a Italian neo-folk twist from Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino

A second album from the Albanian-Italian duo of Hasa & Mazzotta

The Vampires return with an acclaimed guitarist from Benin, Lionel Loueke

A new Rough Guide to Acoustic India

And Hawaii meets Mongolia on a new project from ukulele player Daniel Ho and a group of Mongolian musicians collectively known as the Grasslands Ensemble.

New Month/New Music Time

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November 3/5

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:

Kim Wilson, back with Blues & Boogie

The return of the Original Blues Brothers Band with Steve Cropper

New music from veteran blues band, Downchild

Duke Robillard & his Dames of Rhythm (including Kelley Hunt, Maria Muldaur, Madeleine Peyroux, and Catherine Russell)

And New Orleans brass and funk band Bonerama’s first new release in four years.

Monday, October 23

Another exploration of global guitars this time in the Global Village, including more steel guitar for the October feature from Nigeria’s King Sunny Ade and Michael Messer’s Mitra, along with guitarist Derek Gripper with kora player Tunde Jegede, Buena Vista Social Club guitarist Manuel Galban, desert blues guitarist Ramon Goose, and Canadian guitar wizard Harry Manx.

Tuesday, October 24

It’s an Afrobeat extravaganza this time in the Global Village. Highlights include music from Tony Allen as a leader and on a classic from Fela, the sound of Ghanian Afrobeat, and Afrobeat inspired music from Brazil’s Bixiga 70 and Spain’s Alma Afrobeat Ensemble.

Wednesday, October 25

Global Village marks the birthday of guitarist, composer and bossa nova pioneer Roberto Menescal with music he did with his own group, with his son’s nova bossa nova group Bossacucanova, and in covers of his songs from Tamba 4 and Gabor Szabo. Plus more steel guitar sounds from Lucky Oceans and V.M. Bhatt, and new music from Baraka Moon, Matthieu Saglio with Jose El Piru, and Quadro Nuevo with Cairo Steps.

Thursday, October 26

World violins and cellos are featured this time in the Global Village, including music from cellist Ophélie Gaillard’s Iberian project Alvorada, the Hot Club of the Americas led by violinist Federico Britos, violinist Daniel Weltlinger’s tribute to Django Reinhardt, the musical meeting of cellist Vincent Segal and kora master Ballake Sissoko, and an African project from violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.

Friday, October 27

Several world jazz artists have birthdays today – drummer Manu Katche, bassist Arild Andersen, and guitarist Philip Catherine. Plus some sacred steel guitars this time for the October feature with music from the Campbell Brothers, and new releases from Monoswezi, Leila Gobi, Songhoy Blues, and Pipo Romero.

October 27/29

Crossroads wraps up the October Elvin Bishop feature with music spanning his entire career: from his early days with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, to his first solo album, releases he did in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and a special covering his career up to and including his 2017 release with the Big Fun Trio.

Also blues concert previews for the coming week and new music from Savoy Brown, the Andy T Band, and Sonny Landreth.

Monday 10.16.17

Night Train marks birthdays of trumpeter Roy Hargrove, trombonist Ray Anderson, and drummer Mark Walker. Plus more music from October featured artists Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie – including from Monk’s son T.S. Monk and from the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Allstar – and the latest from the Bill Charlap Trio, Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition, Dave Strkyer and more.

Tuesday 10.17.17

Night Train marks marks the birthday of bebop guitarist Barney Kessel, guitarist Howard Alden (with covers of compositions from Thelonious Monk, one of Night Train’s October featured artists), and drummer Cozy Cole (with Dizzy Gillespie, the other October featured artist). Plus a special in hour two exploring the birth of bebop through the early work of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, and new releases from guitarists Russell Malone and Andrew Scott.

Wednesday 10.18.17

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Anita O’Day, bassist/singer/composer Esperanza Spalding, drummer Bill Stewart, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (including a special with Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in hour two of the show).  Plus more from October featured artists Dizzy Gillespie (including a live set with Wynton Marsalis as a special guest) and Thelonious Monk (including music from his debut album on Columbia Records, his most successful release and the album that led to his appearance on the cover of Time Magazine. (Only a handful of jazz artists have been featured on Time – Wynton Marsalis was another.)

Thursday 10.19.17

Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday is this Saturday and in honor of the occasion Night Train devotes tonight’s entire show to music from the legendary trumpeter, composer, and pioneer of bebop, Latin and world jazz. Among the highlights - early bebop classics, some of his Afro-Cuban and world jazz efforts, and a later album with Count Basie Plus a special in hour two chronicling his pivotal work in the 1940s, especially the pioneering big bands he put together during that time.

Monday, October 16

It’s ‘cool covers’ this time in the Global Village with world music cover versions of songs from a wide range of performers, including Santana (doing the Four Tops), Gabor Szabo (Sonny & Cher), the Skatalites (the Beatles), Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney (Louis Jordan), Playing for Change (Marvin Gaye) and Fanfare Ciocarlia (Screaming Jay Hawkins).

Tuesday, October 17

Global Village marks the Haitian holiday of Dessalines Day with a program devoted entirely to music from Haiti. Highlights include music from roots music bands Boukman Eksperyans and Boukan Ginen, compa pioneers Nemours Jean-Baptiste and Webert Sicot, the inspired vocal ensemble Grupo Vocal Desandann, and Haitian jazz from Jacques Schwarz-Bart.

Wednesday, October 18

In conjunction with the Global Village October ‘Steel Guitar Around the Globe’ feature, a show devoted entirely to the steel guitar – from its early days in Hawaii, though a remarkable transformation in Indian music, to the success it found in western swing, rock, sacred steel and jazz. We’ll hear Hawaiian greats Sol Hoopi and Tau Moe, several generations of Indian guitarists, western swing legend Tom Morrell, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, steel instrumental rock hitmakers Santo & Johnny, and the Finnish group Southpaw Steel ‘n’ Twang.

Thursday, October 19

Global Village remembers reggae legend Peter Tosh on his birthday with music he did with the Wailers and as a solo artist, along with a song he recorded but never released covered by his son Andrew Tosh. Plus more steel guitar sounds for the October feature from Slide to Freedom and Lucky Oceans – and a new compilation of music from Somalia, the Expanders revisiting roots reggae classics, and contemporary jazz-afrobeat from drummer Tony Allen’s new Blue Note release.

Friday, October 20

Global Village marks the birthday of Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem with music from several of his albums, including Blue Maqams which was just released last week. Plus the new album from contemporary classical group Kronos Quartet with Mali’s Trio da Kali, and more steel guitar sounds from around the globe for the October feature, including music from Indian guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya (with special guest John McLaughlin) and Canadian musician Harry Manx (doing Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”).

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October 20/22

Crossroads continues the October Elvin Bishop feature for his 75th birthday with music from his Big Fun Trio and Can’t Even Do Wrong Right albums.

Bishop also shares a birthday (October 21, one year later) with Steve Cropper, the legendary Stax guitarist who was a cofounder of Booker T. & the MGs as well as the cowriter of a number of soul classics. Crossroads features a few of those classics in the first hour and a special conversation with Cropper in hour two of the show.

Plus music from a number of artists with concerts in the coming week and from Rhiannon Giddens, who just received a MacArthur “Genius Grant.”

Monday 10.9.17

Night Train picks up where Global Village left off tonight – with music from a number of jazz artists born on this date who incorporated world influences in their music, including South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, Cuban pianists (also father and son) Bebo and Chucho Valdes, vibes player Dave Samuels, and multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef. Plus more music from October featured artists Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, and a number of new jazz piano albums – from the Bill Charlap Trio, Harold Mabern, Tarek Yamani, and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s tribute to a century of jazz piano.

Tuesday 10.10.17

Today is the centennial birthday of October featured artist Thelonious Monk and Night Train devotes the entire show to his music, including some of his first recorded work on the Blue Note label, classic albums and compositions, and covers of his songs from Arthur Blythe, the Monk tribute band Sphere, Carmen McRae, Larry Coryell, and from a forthcoming Monk tribute album from pianist Joey Alexander.

Wednesday 10.11.17

Night Train marks birthdays of two legendary jazz drummers – Art Blakey and Billy Higgins – with music they did with and by October featured artists Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Blakey was featured with Monk on his very first recordings on the Blue Note label, and on the classic Monk’s Music album, just to name two. Higgins recorded Monk and Gillespie compositions with Grant Green, Charles Lloyd, Charlie Haden and Steve Lacy.  Also on tap tonight, new music from the Bill Charlap Trio, Cecile McLorin Salvant, the Tardo Hammer Trio (doing a Monk tune) and the Mike Longo Trio (with a Dizzy Gillespie classic).

Thursday 10.12.17

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarist Ed Cherry (long time member of Dizzy Gillespie bands), saxophonist Harry Allen, and organist Mel Rhyne (best known for his work with Wes Montgomery). Plus more music from October featured artists Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk for their centennial birthdays, and new music from Ben Allison, Hudson (with Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier,  John Medeski, and John Scofield), Jacques Lesure, and John Beasley’s Monk’estra.

Monday, October 9

Global Village marks birthdays of a number of artists whose work combined elements of both jazz and world music – including Cuban pianists (and father/son) Bebo and Chucho Valdes, vibes player Dave Samuels, South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, and multi-instrumentalist Yusef Lateef. Plus world/jazz inspired sounds on recent releases from Brazil’s Nomade Orquestra, contemporary Korean group Black String, and Cuban singer Dayme Arocena.

Tuesday, October 10

Throughout October Global Village traces the global travels of the steel guitar, including music this time from Nigeria’s King Sunny Ade who added steel guitar to his band lineup with distinctive and enchanting results. Also this time birthday tributes to singer and songwriter Kirsty MacColl, Latin percussionist Francisco Aguabella, and Cyril Neville of the Meters and Neville Brothers – along with new music from Chicago Afrobeat Project, Stanton Moore, Lila Downs, and Bokante.

Wednesday, October 11

Global Village celebrates Pulaski Memorial Day (by Presidential proclamation in 2015) to honor the Polish Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski and Polish Americans.  The program highlights a wide array of contemporary Polish bands ranging from traditional and avant-folk, to African, klezmer and jazz influenced groups. Plus American artists including Polka King Frankie Yankovic, punk polka pioneers Brave Combo, and U.S. based Polish world-jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik – along with a polka classic from Berlin’s 17 Hippies. Artists featured include Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, Maria Pomianowska & Groupe Gainde, Janusz Prusinowski Trio, Kapela Maliszow, Tegie Chlopy, Motion Trio and Jarek Bester.

Thursday, October 12

Global Village highlights classic artists and recordings from the ‘Golden Age of African Music,’ the period roughly between the late ‘50s and the early ‘80s when musicians across the continent, inspired by independence, electronic instruments, and fusions with Western and other influences, created a vast body of innovative work. We’ll hear a classic from Geraldo Pino, South African bandleader and producer West Nkosi, soukous giant Franco and more.

Friday, October 13

No triskaidekaphobia in the Global Village! It’s a “lucky” Friday the 13th with good luck songs from Joan Armatrading, Lene Lovich, and South African reggae great Lucky Dube. Plus music from South Africa’s Miriam Makeba and the Mahotella Queens, and Brazil’s Bebel Gilberto and Nilson Matta.

October 13/15

Throughout October Crossroads marks the 75th birthday of Elvin Bishop with music from across his career, this time including music he did early in his career with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and from his albums Let It Flow and The Blues Rolls On.

Also,  the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just announced the nominees for the Class of 2018, with winners chosen by popular vote. Blues and soul artists among those nominees are featured in this show – including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Rufus, the Meters and Nina Simone.

And there’s new music from Dee Dee Bridgewater’s tribute to Memphis, Stanton Moore’s salute to Allen Toussaint, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Randall Bramblett.