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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Money Chicha – Echo en Mexico (VampiSoul) Palo! – Yo Gquiero Guarachar (Rolling Pin) Various artists – Peru Rare Groove (World Music Network) Afro Haitian Experimental Orchestra – A-H-E-O (Glitterbeat) Constantinople – Passages (Buda Musique) Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble – Sing Me Home (Sony Masterworks) Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno – 1000 Watts (Tru Thoughts) Quintet Bumbac – Libre voyage dans les...

Moreland and Arbuckle – Promised Land or Bust (Alligator) Little Walter – The Complete Checker Singles As & Bs 1952-1960 (Acrobat) Big Jon Atkinson & Bob Corritore – House Party at Big Jon’s (Delta Groove) The Soul of John Black – Early in the Moanin’ (Cadabra) Eric Bibb – North Country Far (Stony Plain) Dennis Gruenling – Ready or Not (Vizztone) Tony Joe White – Rain Crow (Swamp/Yep Roc) C.W. Stoneking – Gon’...

Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch) Freddie Hendrix – Jersey Cat (Sunnyside) Brian Charette – Once and Future (Posi-Tone) One for All – The Third Decade (Smoke Sessions) Antonio Adolfo – Tropical Infinito (AAM) Michael Dease – Father Figure (Posi-Tone) Andy Brown – Direct Call (Delmark) George Coleman – A Master Speaks (Smoke Sessions) Warren Wolf – Convergence (Mack Avenue) Benny Golson –...

Monday 8.29.16 Night Train begins a week in tribute to two key figures in jazz who passed away last week – harmonica jazz great Toots Thielemans and legendary jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder – with music from throughout Thielemans career and some of the many classic albums Van Gelder recorded. Also tonight music from birthday artists bebop great Charlie Parker (including a Jazz Profiles special in hour two), singer Dinah Washington, and contemporary pianist and...

Monday, August 29 Global Village throws an Afrobeat party with music from August featured artist Tony Allen as part of Fela’s band and recording under his own name with Fela’s Africa 70 band and Fela as producer. Plus Afrobeat sounds from two U.S. – based Afrobeat bands – The Funk Ark and Antibalas – and an Afrobeat/Gnawa fusion from the Fangnawa Experience release. Tuesday, August 30 Global Village highlights a variety of global...

September 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 highlight the best in new blues releases. Among the highlights: The first new album from the Fabulous Thunderbirds in three years The last album from soul singer Mighty Sam McClain Early music from late bluesman Michael Burks The return of Rufus Thomas’s daughter Vaneese Thomas...

Monday 8.22.16 Night Train begins a week long tribute to Bobby Hutcherson, one of the legends of jazz vibes, who passed away last week. Tonight it’s one of his classic compositions, “Little B’s Poem,” music from his groundbreaking early work on Blue Note and later work on the Landmark label, and appearances with Ray Barretto, McCoy Tyner, and the Timeless All-Stars. Plus more music from August featured artist Kenny Burrel, and in celebration of Debussy’s birthday – jazz...

Monday, August 22 In honor of Debussy’s birthday, Global Village pays a visit to the ‘classical world’ – exploring music that brings together Western classical and world influences, along with music inspired by Indian and Arabic classical traditions. Among the artists featured – Kirk Elliott from his album with the Orchestra of Unmitigated Gaul, Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem’s first project with a string orchestra, and music from Paquito D’Rivera with the classical...

August 26/28 Crossroads wraps up the August blues harmonica feature with music from contemporary players and new releases featuring the instrument. Among the artists featured: Bob Corritore, Billy Branch, William Clarke, Curtis Salgado, Rod Piazza, and Jason Ricci. Plus a few remaining winners of the recent Living Blues Awards not yet featured on the show – including Comeback of the Year winner, soul singer Wee Willie Walker; music from...

Sad news today of the passing of one of the greats of jazz vibes, Bobby Hutcherson. In a career that spanned nearly seven decades and 50 albums, he redefined the instrument for the post-bop era. All next week KMUW's Night Train will feature music from throughout his career. Here's more information from NPR: Bobby Hutcherson, Jazz Vibraphone Modernist, Has Died

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