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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June 30/July 2

Crossroads wraps up its salute to Memphis Soul with music from Hi Records, including classics from Al Green, Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson and Otis Clay – plus an Otis Clay tribute and live performance in hour two of the show.

Also music from the newly named Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award winners for this year – including the Hi Rhythm Section that played such a pivotal role in the signature sound of the Hi label, and Robert Cray, whose new album features Hi Rhythm. 

Monday, June 19

Global Village continues the June Islands feature with a trip to Jamaica for a special birthday celebration for Jamaican guitar great Ernest Ranglin. The show features music from his solo projects, as well work he did as lead guitarist and musical director for Jimmy Cliff, and as a guest artist with the Skatalites, Monty Alexander, the Melodians, Millie Small, Jackie Mittoo, and more.

Tuesday, June 20

Global Village marks World Refugee Day with music from artists from many different corners of the world who were once refugees. Featured in the show is music from the Refugees for Refugees project, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, NEA Heritage Fellow Rahim Alhaj, Western Sahara’s Aziza Brahim, Ugandan artist Samite and more.

Wednesday, June 21

Global Village welcomes in 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.

Thursday, June 22

In conjunction with the June ‘Islands’ feature, Global Village pays a visit to Japan. Among the highlights: a composition from Japan’s “Beethoven of the Koto” that is considered akin to the national melody of the country, traditional music from the internationally acclaimed composer and multi-instrumentalist Joji Hirota, ‘70s fusions from Stomo Yamashata’s Red Buddha Theater and Osamu Kitajima, traditional and contemporary Okinawan music from the Rinken Band, Shoukichi Kina, and the Surf Champlers (with a wild version of the James Bond Theme), and a recent release from Kengo Saito bringing together music of Japan and Afghanistan.

Friday, June 23

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day and Global Village lets loose the hounds in songs from Jesse Winchester, the Roches, Rufus Thomas, Nick Drake, Big Mama Thornton and more. Plus music from African greats Orchestra Baobab and King Sunny Ade, Balkan-inspired Tipsy Oxcart, kora player Seckou Keita, and the Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten Cambodian rock soundtrack.

June 23/25

Crossroads continues its month-long tribute to Gregg Allman with more music from his solo albums and work with the Allman Brothers.

The June Memphis Soul feature continues this week with music from William Bell, whose latest album (and first on Stax in several decades) took home a Grammy. We’ll hear music from that and some of his classic Stax recordings as well. Plus in hour two, a House of Blues special with Al Bell (no relation) who led Stax Records during some of its most influential releases.

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Monday, June 12

Global Village continues the June Islands feature with a visit to islands in the Indian Ocean, including Madagascar, Zanzibar, Seychelles, Comoros and more. We’ll hear music from the Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar, sega from Claude Vinh-San, the Seychelles All Stars and Nawal. Plus new music from the Zaire 74 compilation, Cape Verde’s Elida Almeida, and a compilation from the German-Turkish Uzelli label.

Tuesday, June 13

Global Village continues its June Islands feature with music from the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and is famous for its son, bachata and merengue music. We’ll hear those styles, Dominican-influenced jazz and more in this show from such artists as Juan Luis Guerra, Luis Vargas, Joan Soriano, Michel Camilo, Wilfrido Vargas and Johnny Pacheco.

Wednesday, June 14

Global Village remembers one of the great voices of African music, Papa Wemba, for his birthday. The show features music from Zaiko Langa Langa, a popular group he cofounded and where he first rose to stardom; with his acclaimed Viva La Musica lineup; as a special guest with Manu Dibango and as part of the Big Blue Ball project from RealWorld; and in covers of his songs from Africando and Juan Luis Guerra.

Thursday, June 15

Global Village highlights brass and other bands from the Balkans, and some artists and bands from other parts of the world inspired by them. Among the artists featured – Romania’s Fanfare Ciocarlia, Serbia’s Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar, Macedonia’s Kocani Orkestra, Slovakia’s Balkansam6el, and American groups the Raya Brass Band, Slavic Soul Party & Cocek! Brass Band.

Friday, June 16

Global Village continues the June Islands feature with a visit to the French Antilles. We hear some early beguine music, and the popular sounds of zouk, chouval bwa and more from such popular groups and artists as Kassav', Malavoi, Kali, Dede Saint-Prix and Zouk Machine.

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Monday 6.12.17

Night Train celebrates the birthdays of two great jazz pianists tonight – Chick Corea and Geri Allen. We’ll hear music from Chick’s new album recorded a few years back at his 70th birthday shows, along with music he did with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Gary Burton and Bela Fleck. Geri Allen appears as a leader and along with Betty Carter, Marian McPartland and Charles Lloyd. Plus new music from pianist Ahmad Jamal, singer Mark Winkler, guitarist Kevin Eubanks and saxophonist Richie Cole.

Tuesday 6.13.17

June 16/18

June 15th marked the birthday of soul cult favorite Eddie Hinton. A singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and session player, Hinton never won public acclaim during his lifetime, but since his passing has been recognized as a brilliant songwriter, powerful singer, and remarkable soul artist.

He also had connections to the Crossroads June dual feature of Memphis Soul and Gregg Allman, having appeared on a number of Stax classics and worked with Gregg and Duane Allman before the Allman Brothers Band was formed (he was invited to join, but declined the offer).

We’ll hear some of his best recordings, guest appearances (with Boz Scaggs, Mavis Staples, and the Hourglass) and covers of his songs (from Dusty Springfield, and Bettye LaVette).

Then, in hour two of the show and in conjunction with the Memphis Soul feature, it’s a Beale Street Caravan special with Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, paying tribute to the classic sound of the Hi label from Memphis and featuring musicians who were part of the legendary Hi Rhythm Section, the house band on so many of that label’s hits.

Monday 6.5.17

Night Train kicks off the June feature celebrating the centennial birthday of Dave Lambert. As part of the famous Lambert, Hendricks & Ross lineup, Lambert helped to shape and popularize vocalese – the art of putting lyrics to jazz instrumentals, particularly famous jazz solos.  Along with music from Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, tonight’s show features vocalese artists Eddie Jefferson (doing the Night Train theme) and Manhattan Transfer. Plus birthday salutes to percussionist, trumpeter, and modern Latin Jazz master Jerry Gonzalez drummer, and to drummer Peter Erskine (from his new Dr. Um album, and performing with Bob Mintzer, Tierney Sutton, John Abercrombie, and with Jaco Pastorius on a new, previously unreleased live album). Night Train also kicks off a week-long salute to this year’s Jazz Journalist Association Award winners, including music this evening from Brian Lunch, Anat Cohen, and Claire Daly.

Tuesday 6.6.17

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Monty Alexander (including an appearance he made at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show) and guitarist Grant Green. Plus more for the June Vocalese feature in honor of Dave Lambert’s centennial birthday – this time from Annie Ross with Gerry Mulligan and as part of the Lambert, Hendricks & Ross lineup. And more Jazz Journalist Association Award winners, as Night Train features them this week, and new music from the Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, Doug Munro, and the recently reissued Charlie Parker Concert of the Century tribute from Dizzy Gillespie.

Wednesday 6.7.17

Night Train marks the birthday of guitarist Royce Campbell with music from his new album, Tea for Three, tributes to Henry Mancini and Wes Montgomery and more. Plus more music from the recently named Jazz Journalist Association Award winners, including Gregory Porter, Rene Marie, Kenny Barron, Jack DeJohnette (as part of the new Hudson lineup), Dr. Lonnie Smith and McCoy Tyner. 

Thursday 6.8.17

As part of the June feature celebrating Dave Lambert’s centennial and vocalese, Night Train highlights male jazz vocalists tonight – including vocalese pioneer Jon Hendricks and another vocalese master Mark Murphy, veterans Ernie Andrews and Andy Bey, rising stars Gregory Porter, Allan Harris, and Jose James, and beyond category – Bobby McFerrin.

Monday, June 5

Global Village kicks off the June Islands feature with a visit to our own Hawaiian Islands. We’ll hear early Hawaiian guitar masters like Sol Hoopii, the legendary Gabby Pahinui with Ry Cooder,  contemporary Slack Key guitar players including Ledward Kaapana and Leonard Kwan, and explore some interesting fusions of Hawaiian music with Indian, classical, flamenco and Taiwanese music from Debashish Bhattacharya, Daniel Ho and Keola Beamer.

Tuesday, June 6

Global Village celebrates National Day of Sweden, a holiday in that country since 1916, with a program devoted to a wide array of artists and styles of Swedish music – including neo-folk, folk rock, jazz and more. Among the artists and groups featured are Garmarna, Hoven Droven, E.S.T., Ale Moller with Lene Willemark (from the Nordan Suite and with Frifot), and new releases from Vasen, and Trio Mediaeval with Arve Henriksen.

Wednesday, June 7

It’s Union Dissolution Day in Norway, the date when the country ended a nearly century-long political union with Sweden. Global Village marks the occasion with a program devoted to music from Norway (though a number of bands include musicians and influences from Sweden, as cultural connections remain strong between the two countries).  The show features new music from the early music group Trio Mediaeval with Arve Henriksen, the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Griselda Sanderson (on Norwegian Hardanger fiddle) with Ricardo de Noronha, and the folk group Sver. Other Norwegian artists featured in the show include Jan Garbarek, Mari Boine, Sinikka Langeland, Terje Rypdal, and Bukkene Bruse.

Thursday, June 8

It’s World Oceans Day – an effort started by the Oceans Project in 2002 and recognized as an annual event by the United Nations since 2008 – to draw attention to the importance of healthy, sustainable oceans. Global Village marks the occasion with songs about the seas from Frankie Ford, the Marvelettes, Quartet San Francisco, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Abercrombie with Ralph Towner, Elvis Costello, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Vishten, Lucky Oceans and more.

Friday, June 9

Global Village wraps up the week with a Latin soul and boogaloo dance party with classics from Mongo Santamaria and Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers–rarities, including music from the Rough Guide to Latin Rare Groove, Volume 2 – and Latin soul versions of songs from James Brown and the Temptations.

June 9/11

Crossroads kicks off a dual feature for June this time, paying tribute to Gregg Allman with the blues-influenced music he did as a solo artist and with the Allman Brothers Band, and also highlighting the sounds of Memphis Soul, classic and contemporary.

For this visit to the Crossroads, it’s music from newly released compilations to kick off the 60th anniversary of the legendary Memphis label, Stax Records. Featured are Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, and Booker T. & the MG’s.

Plus Memphis-inspired recent recordings from Amy Black, Ronnie Baker Brooks and Melissa Etheridge, concert previews and, in hour two of the show, a House of Blues Special on Memphis exploring the soul sounds of Stax and Hi Records, classic Memphis roots of rock and blues music, and some contemporary sounds coming from the city as well.

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Global Village host Chris Heim has curated the top albums in world music for the month of May 2017.

  1. Vocal Sampling – Asi de Sampling! (Zig Zag World)
  2. Orchestra Baobab – Tribute to Ndiouga Dieng (World Circuit)
  3. Various – Togo Soul 70 (Hot Casa)
  4. Quadro Nuevo & Cairo Steps – Flying Carpet (Fine Music)
  5. Girme Beyene & Akale Wube – Mistakes on Purpose/Ethiopiques 30 (Buda Musique)
  6. Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues – Different Voices (Dawnserly)
  7. L’Orchestre Afrisa International – Melanie (Colomotion)
  8. Vieux Farka Toure – Samba (Six Degrees)
  9. Tamikrest – Kidal (Glitterbeat)
  10. Aurelio – Darandi (RealWorld)
  11. Various artists – Lost in China (Riverboat)
  12. Mamud Band – Dynamite on Stage (Felmay)
  13. Steve Khan – Backlog (Tone Center)
  14. Systema Solar – Rumbo a Tierra (Nacional)
  15. Debashish Bhattacharya – Hawaii to Calcutta (Riverboat)
  16. Various Artists – Synthesize the Soul (Ostinato)
  17. Skatalites – Foundation Ska (Studio One/Yep Roc)
  18. Rakkatak – Small Pieces (Rakkatak)
  19. Amine & Hamza – Fertile Paradoxes (ARC Music)
  20. Jerez Texas – Clar de Lluna (Jerez Texas)
  21. Tarek Yamani – Peninsular (Edict)
  22. Maria Kalaniemi & Eero Grundstrom – Svalan (Akero)
  23. Teija Niku – Memento (Teija Niku)
  24. Les Amazones d’Afrique – Republique Amazone (Real World)
  25. Maes/Martin/Gruel – Feule Caracal (Buda Musique)
  26. Andrea Pancur Alpen Klezmer – Zum Meer (Galileo)
  27. Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ – TajMo (Concord)
  28. Ray Mantilla – High Voltage (Savant)
  29. Duene Libre – Duende Libre (Duende Libre)
  30. Elida Almeida – Djunta Kudjer (LusAfrica)
  31. Forro in the Dark – Sandcastle (Nacional)
  32. Ibibio Sound Machine – Uyai (Merge)
  33. Various artists – Pop Makossa (Analog Africa)
  34. Quercus – Nightfall (ECM)
  35. Red Baraat – Bhangra Pirates (Sinj)
  36. Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita – Transparent Water (Ota)
  37. Ethio Stars/Tukul Band featuring Mulatu Astatke – Addis 1988 (Piranha)
  38. Various – Uzelli Psychedelic Anadalou (Uzelli)
  39. Bargou 08 – Targ (Glitterbeat)
  40. Mokoomba – Luyando (Out/Here)