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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  1. Samurai Accordion – Te (Visage)


  1. Julio Pereira – Praca do Comercio (Tradisom)
  1. Spanglish Fly – Ay Que Boogaloo! (Chaco)
  1. Otros Aires – Balkan Airs (Galileo)
  1. 3MA – Anarouz (Mad Minute)
  1. Gabacho Maroc – Tawassol (Sony)
  1. Alfredo Rodriguez – The Little Dream (Mack Avenue)
  1. Buffy Sainte-Marie – Medicine Songs (True North)
  1. Boubacar Traore – Dounia Tabolo (LusAfrica)
  1. Various – Rough Guide to the Music of West Africa (World Music Network)

Monday 2.26.18

Night Train kicks off the week with jazz guitarists – including Al DiMeola, Pat Metheny, Paco de Lucia, Steve Masakowski,  Will Bernard, Julian Lage, Melvin Sparks, Joe Pass, and George Benson.

Tuesday 2.27.18

Night Train pays tribute to violinist Didier Lockwood who passed away last week; marks birthdays of tenor sax giant Dexter Gordon, contemporary gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and organist Robert Kennedy; highlights new music guitarist Hristo Vitchev, and saxophonists Dan Block and Eric Alexander; and continues with the February duos feature including an unreleased duet set from saxophonist James Carter and pianist Cyrus Chestnut.

Wednesday 2.28.18

Night Train wraps up the February Duos Feature with duos projects from contemporary eclectic guitarist Julian Lage, including music from the Grammy nominated Mount Royal album with Chris Eldridge, and a 2017 Savannah Music Festival performance from the two in hour two of the show. We’ll also mark birthdays of Latin jazz percussionist Willie Bobo, singer Roseanna Vitro, and swing guitarist Marty Grosz, and highlight new music from Van Morrison, Steve Hobbs, and Rahsaan Barber.

Thursday 3.1.18

Night Train kicks off the March feature celebrating Women’s History Month with music from female jazz artists, including Marian McPartland who was born 100 years ago this month, and Kate McGarry from her new album. Plus birthday celebrations for trombonist Benny Powell, guitarist Ralph Towner (from his latest solo album and in duo projects with Gary Burton and Paolo Fresu), and Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta, including a performance he did as part of Trio da Paz at the Newport Jazz Festival in hour two of the show.

Monday, February 26

The last Monday of every month, Global Village heads to the Savannah Music Festival to present some of today’s finest world music artists in concert. This month, and in conjunction with the February Duos feature, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival presents the exquisite musical pairing of Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal. The duo, who have recorded two critically acclaimed albums together and worked with a broad range of artists from around the globe, elegantly blend traditional and contemporary African and European influences into their own distinctive new form of “Chamber Music.”

Tuesday, February 27

It’s Independence Day in the Dominican Republic and the climax of a month (!) of carnival celebrations that go on there every year. Global Village celebrates with classic and contemporary merengue and bachata from Juan Luis Guerra, Wilfredo Vargas, Luis Vargas and more. Plus music from Red Baraat, DJ Dolores, and some blasts from the past from BeatleJazz and Jesse Winchester.

Wednesday, February 28

Global Village explores South American jazz with music from the Gabriel Alegria Afro Peruvian Sextet; Colombian percussionist Samuel Torres; Brazil’s Forro in the Dark, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and Jovino Santos Neto; Diego Urcola and Dino Saluzzi from Argentina; for the February duos feature the meeting of Peruvian percussions Alex Acuña and Colombian flutist Justo Almario; and there are also some “false Bahians” - Grupo Falso Baiano - who play choro-jazz.

Thursday, March 1

Global Village marks the birthdays of roots reggae great Burning Spear, Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta, world chamber jazz guitarist Ralph Towner, and world music pioneer Harry Belafonte. We kick off the March feature celebrating Women’s History Month and the March birthday of South African great Miriam Makeba with a Grammy-winning recording Makeba did with Belafonte. And for the Independence Day of Bosnia-Herzegovina, some traditional and contemporary sounds from that country from Goran Bregovic, Divinhana, Mostar Sevdah Reunion and more.

Friday, March 2

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of recently released and forthcoming world music albums.  Among the highlights this time:

The Golan Heights band Tootard

Next generation Tuareg group Imarhan

Fela’s son Femi Kuti

The contemporary Malian duo of Djeneba & Fousco

South African vocal group Afrika Mamas

Middle Eastern inspired sounds from Norway’s Nutopia

And a number of European neo-traditional groups, including Monsieur Doumani from Cyprus, L’Alba from Corsica, Gaiteiros de Lisboa from Portugal, and El Naan from Spain

March 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:

One of Muddy Waters’ sons, Mud Morganfield

A 25th anniversary celebration from Reverend Raven & the Chain Smoking Altar Boys

A second album from International Blues Challenge competitor Greg Sover

A live 2017 recording from blues-rock legend John Mayall

Kansas City favorites Danielle Nicole, and Katy Guillen & the Girls

And we kick off the March Women’s History Month/Blues Women feature with more new releases from Sue Foley and other women blues artists.

Monday 2.19.18

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Presidents’ Day with music from Pres (Lester Young –including a special in hour two in tribute to him) and also from Dizzy Gillespie, who ran for President in 1964.  Plus new music from pianist Ben Paterson, and saxophonists Steve Slagle and Sherman Irby, and more duos for the February feature, including bassist Dave Young with jazz piano great Tommy Flanagan on a Miles Davis’ classic.

Tuesday 2.20.18

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Nancy Wilson and soul jazz organist Charles Kynard, features new music from Steve Smith & Vital Information, pianist Takaaki, and organist Caesar Grazier, and continues the February duos feature with King & Moore and a special performance from the Savannah Music Festival in hour two from pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes.

Wednesday 2.21.18

Night Train continues the February duos feature with a classic duo album – Undercurrent from Bill Evans and Jim Hall. Plus birthday salutes to drummer Joe Farnsworth, pianist Eddie Higgins, composer and arranger Tadd Dameron, and also Nina Simone, including music from a new compilation of her early work on the Bethlehem label and a special about her life and music in hour two of the show.

Thursday 2.22.18

A duos extravaganza for the February Duos feature on the Night Train with music from a Latin Grammy winning release from Michel Camilo and Tomatito, Bobby McFerrin with Chick Corea, Oscar Peterson & Milt Jackson, a recently remastered and reissued recording from Fred Hersch and Jay Clayton, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, and several duo recordings from bassist Charlie Haden – with Pat Metheny, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Hank Jones, and Keith Jarrett. There’s also new music from Corey Christiansen, Michel Camilo, Alfredo Rodriguez, Pat Martino, the Mark Wade Trio, and Delfeayo Marsalis.

Monday, February 19

Global Village celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also celebrate President’s Day tonight.)

Tuesday, February 20

Global Village marks the birthday of singer, songwriter and indigenous activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, with music from one of her ‘60s albums up to her latest release, Medicine Songs, part of her remarkable and compelling comeback over the past decade. There are also more duos for the February feature, including Malagasy guitarist Dama & D’Gary, and cellist Redi Hasa with singer Maria Mazzotta – and there’s new music from Julio Pereira, 3MA, Robert Plant, and the Rough Guide to the Music of West Africa.

Wednesday, February 21

Global Village celebrates birthdays of critically acclaimed Americana and roots artist Rhiannon Giddens, and bluesman Corey Harris, who has incorporated reggae and African music into his work. Plus the latest from La Misa Negra, Boubacar Traore, and Ladama – and for the February duos feature, an exquisite duo project from Chinese erhu player Guo Gan and Ivory Coast balafon player Aly Keita.

Thursday, February 22

Some international reggae this time in the Global Village – with reggae-inspired sounds from Nigeria, Ghana, Poland, Russia, and other far flung places where Jamaican music has been an inspiration. Among the artists and bands featured are Russia’s Ersatz Musika, Germany’s Jahcoustix, U.K. singer Hollie Cook, U.S. based artists Rocky Dawuni and Rebel Tumbao, and even a reggae-flavored song from one of this year’s Rock Hall of Fame inductees, Nina Simone.

Friday, February 23

For the February feature, Global Village devotes this program to duos – twosomes from the same musical traditions, and also duos from different cultures who create an intriguing new blend of sounds. We’ll hear guitarists Ali Farka Toure and Ry Cooder, Talking Head David Byrne with Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso, kora player Ballake Sissoko with cellist Vincent Segal, cellist Matthieu Saglio with flamenco guitarist Jose ‘El Piru,’ singers June Tabor and Maddie Prior, the father and son duo of Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, and more.

February 23/25

Crossroads remembers Johnny Winter on what would have been his birthday on February 23rd with some classic and later recordings from him and a live set with Muddy Waters and James Cotton.

Crossroads also continues the February Duos feature with music from Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, a recent release from Steve Howell & Jason Weinheimer, a new set from Curtis Salgado with Alan Hagar, and in hour two of the show, a live performance from the Acoustic Hot Tuna duo of Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady.

There’s also more music from Eddie Shaw, as Crossroads features music throughout the month from the great Chicago blues saxophonist who passed away at the end of January. We’ll hear him with both Howlin’ Wolf and Jimmy Dawkins.

KMUW Music is teaming up to celebrate Presidents' Day with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for the annual special feature.

Global Village gets the celebration underway with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some) and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Monday 2.12.18

Concerts featured this time on the Night Train as we highlight music from quite a number of jazz artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week, along with Brazilian duos (for our February feature) live from the Savannah Music Festival in a special in hour two of the show. There’s also live music from the duo of Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau, and new music from Johnny O’Neal and Richie Cole.

Tuesday 2.13.18

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Mardi Gras with music from New Orleans – including new albums from the Jambalaya Brass Band, Jason Marsalis & the 21st Century Trad Band, Bonerama, Jon Cleary and Dave Bartholomew, along with the Olympia Brass Band, Allen Toussaint, Kermit Ruffins, and a song from Louis Armstrong & the Hot Five that is going into the Grammy Hall of Fame this year, and a special in hour two about his Hot Five and Seven bands.

Wednesday 2.14.18

Night Train joins Global Village and Strange Currency in celebrating Valentine’s Day with a show devoted to songs of the heart. Highlights include selections from Chet Baker, Nina Simone (a Rock Hall of Fame inductee this year), Shirley Horn- and for our duos feature, John Coltrane with Johnny Hartman, and Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong. It’s also the birthday of saxophonist Maceo Parker (of James Brown’s JB Horns fame) and trombonist Rob McConnell, so the show will highlight the romantic side of their work as well. 

Thursday 2.15.18

Night Train celebrates birthdays of composer Harold Arlen (with versions of his songs from Dianne Reeves, Ernestine Anderson, Scott Hamilton, and as we feature duos this month – cornetist Ruby Braff and pianist Roger Kellaway) and drummer Herlin Riley (on Lucky Peterson’s new tribute to Jimmy Smith, as a leader, and in hour two in a special commissioned production of Walter Blanding's "Tick Tock" from the Savannah Music Festival), We’ll also get to a couple of newly named Juno Awards nominees – Diana Krall and Bria Skonberg – for National Flag of Canada Day (also celebrated earlier this evening on Global Village).

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Monday, February 12

Global Village highlights music from one of the artists featured in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival Special (airing the last week of the month), acclaimed Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko. We’ll hear music from his critically acclaimed Chamber Music album with cellist Vincent Segal (also featured in the Festival Special), an early import release he did under his own name, and guest appearances with such diverse artists as Italian minimalist Ludovico Einaudi, bluesman Taj Mahal, and Cuban guitarist (and Buena Vista Social Club member) Manuel Galban.

Tuesday, February 13

It’s carnival time in the Global Village! To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to some carnival hot spots: Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and such New Orleans favorites as Professor Longhair, the Hawketts, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

(Strange Currency and Night Train celebrate Mardi Gras tonight as well)

Wednesday, February 14

Hearts and flowers in the Global Village, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, with love songs from around the world, including from the duos of Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto, and Celso Fonseca & Ronaldo Bastos for the February duos feature, along with music from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Bebel Gilberto, Bill Withers, Richard Thompson, and even a little polka love song.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also have special Valentine’s Day features tonight).

Thursday, February 15

Global Village celebrates National Flag of Canada Day (marking the date in 1965 when the Maple Leaf flag was adopted) with music from winners and nominees from this past fall’s Canadian Folk Music Awards, and the newly named Juno Awards nominees. We’ll hear traditional and contemporary folk, Latin, Caribbean, Inuit and other sounds from some of Canada’s most inspired contemporary artists and groups – including Cassie & Maggie, Maz, Beyond the Pale, Jayme Stone, Hilario Duran, Louis Simao, Roberto Lopez, The Battle of Santiago, Bruce Cockburn, Briga, and The Jerry Cans.

Friday, February 16

Happy New Year! Global Village celebrates Chinese New Year, Tet (Vietnam), Seollal (Korea), Losar (Tibet), or the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. We’ll highlight traditional (Heart of the Dragon Ensemble), world fusion (Gao Hong and Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble) and contemporary pop (Sa Dingding) from China, along with music from Taiwanese neo-folk ensemble A Moving Sound, Tibetan artist Yungchen Lhamo, Vietnamese pop singer Carol Kim, the adventurous world-jazz duo of Huong Thanh and  Nguyen Le, and more to mark the holiday.