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

January 22/24

Crossroads pays tribute to Texas bluesman Long John Hunter, who passed away earlier this month, and remembers some artists who passed away last year, including Jeff Golub and Smokin’ Joe Kubek.

Monday, January 18

Global Village celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with songs dedicated to him, inspired by the Civil Rights Movement he lead, and that reflect human rights themes performed by artists from around the globe.

Tuesday, January 19

Monday 1.11.16

Night Train celebrates the birthday of Laurens Hammond – the inventor of the Hammond organ – with a program devoted to some great jazz organ sounds – from classic records from Charles Earland and Jimmy Smith, to new releases from Joey DeFrancesco, OJT, Michael Kocour and Joey DeFrancesco, along with 2015 show favorites (the Night Train January feature) Mike LeDonne, Ben Paterson, Dave Stryker, and John Ellis & Double Wide.

Tuesday 1.12.16

Monday, January 11

Global Village highlights some ‘roots’ sounds this time – including the song “Roots,” the B-side of a single from Bob Marley and the Wailers, roots albums from Ivory Coast’s Tiken Jah Fakoly (a 2015 Global Village favorite) and Brazil’s JoyceMoreno, and an Iberian roots project from El Naan (one of the picks for Best of 2015 from the Transglobal World Music Chart).

Tuesday, January 12

January 15/17

Crossroads marks the centennial birthday (this past Tuesday, January 12) of Kansas City great Jay McShann, highlighting the bluesy side of his swinging blues-based KC sound. Plus more of the Best of 2015 (the January feature) with show favorites, Grammy and Blues Music Award nominees – including Sonny Landreth, Billy Price with Otis Clay, Leon Bridges, Junior Wells, Toni Lynn Washington,  and Georgie Bonds

More Best Of 2015

Jan 4, 2016

January 8/10

Crossroads features the Best of 2015 throughout January. Highlights this time include show favorites Debbie Davies, the Ragpicker String Band, Albert Cummings, and Brad Absher & Swamp Royale.

Also featured this time:  a nominee in both the Canadian Folk and Maple Blues Awards – Michael Jerome Browne; Grammy nominee for Best Blues Album -- Betty LaVette; and Blues Music Award nominees James Harman, Tad Robinson, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Patrick Rynn, and Tinsley Ellis.

Monday 1.4.16

Night Train kicks off the January feature – highlighting the Best of 2015 – with music from flutist Andrea Brachfeld, Stanley Clark/Bireli Lagrene/Jean Luc Ponty, and from the Christian McBride Trio (a Night Train favorite and also a winner in the NPR Jazz Critics Poll, in which Night Train also participated – see the Best of the Year lists on our website for all the show favorites and a link to NPR Jazz Critics Poll).

Album Cover Art

1.          John Scofield – Past Present (Impulse)

2.          Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra - Live in Cuba (Blue Engine)

3.          Band of Bones - Stomp! (Dave Chamberlain)

4.          Maria Schneider Orchestra - The Thompson Fields (Artist Share)

5.          Dee Dee Bridgewater - Dee Dee's Feather (OKeh)

6.          Oran Etkin - What's New (Motema)

7.          Andrea Brachfeld – Lotus Blossom (JazzHeads)

8.          Fred Hersch – Solo (Palmetto)