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

Monday, June 27

Global Village marks the birthday of one of the great Bollywood music directors, R.D. Burman, who revolutionized the music in Indian films with his adventurous use of rock, Latin, Arabic and other influences. We also continue our June Silk Road feature with music from another Silk Road Ensemble member, Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato; feature music from bassist Dave Holland – who was just named as an NEA Jazz Master for 2017; and highlight new music from Spanish Afrobeat band, the Alma Afrobeat Ensemble and the Cocek! Brass Band.

July 1/3

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 this time:

Singer Alexis P. Suter

A funky new set from the Soul of John Black

The return of Tweed Funk

A live set from Walter Trout

Monday, June 20

Global Village welcomes in the first full day of the new season with songs of summer from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Desmond Dekker, Ray Barretto, Bill Withers, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Franti & Spearhead and more.

Tuesday, June 21

June 24/26

Crossroads wraps up the June feature, celebrating the 45th anniversary of Alligator Records. Among the highlights, music from Alligator artists just nominated in the 2016 Living Blues Awards – including Shemekia Copeland, Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Jimmy Johnson, Lurrie Bell, Charlie Musselwhite, and Janiva Magness. Plus new music from Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans, Big Harp George, and Stax legend William Bell.

Monday 6.13.16

Night Train highlights vocalists Shirley Horn, Joe Williams, Jeff Baker and Billie Holiday, along with classics from Cannonball Adderley, Art Tatum and Freddie Hubbard. And Rez Abbasi’s Acoustic Quartet does a Chick Corea/Return to Forever favorite for the June Chick Corea feature.

Tuesday 6.14.16

Monday, June 13

Tonight in the Global Village…the Afrobeat goes on, with Afrobeat sounds from Tony Allen, the drummer and musical director for Fela; Seun Kuti, heading up his father’s Egypt 80 band; and two contemporary bands inspired by Afrobeat, but adding their own touches to the style – London-based  Yaaba Funk and Brooklyn’s Zongo Junction.

Tuesday, June 14

Monday 6.6.16

Night Train marks birthdays of guitar great Grant Green and pianist Monty Alexander (also featured tonight on Global Village, where the Jamaican and Caribbean side of his work is explored). And there’s music from June featured artist Chick Corea (with Bela Fleck, his Akoustic Band and his New Trio) – and new music from tenor sax master George Coleman, singer Nicholas Bearde, harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens, and trumpeter Jim Rotondi.

Tuesday 6.7.16

Monday, June 6

Global Village marks the birthday of Jamaican-born pianist Monty Alexander; continues with more music from June featured artists Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble – this time with music from Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, who composed for the Ensemble; and highlights music from the new studio release, Culcha Vulcha, from Snarky Puppy and new reggae albums from Natty Nation, and the Wailing Wailers (a reissue of the debut album from the original Wailers lineup of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer).