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

Throughout November, Night Train features music from today's first family of American jazz - the Marsalis Family. Though Wynton Marsalis is perhaps the best known member, father Ellis and brothers Branford, Delfeayo and Jason are also accomplished musicians with impressive careers in their own right. They also have the unique distinction of being the only family to have collectively been named NEA Jazz Masters.

  1. Fatou Diawara - Fatou (Nonesuch)
  2. Easy Star All-Stars - Thrillah (Easy Star)
  3. Ba Cissoko - Nimissa (Cristal)
  4. Quadro Nuevo - Grand Voyage (Justin Time)
  5. Bester Quartet - Metamorphoses (Tzadik)
  6. Afro Funk - Body Music (Secret Stash)
  7. Lijadu Sisters - Horizon Unlimited (Knitting Factory)
  8. Various - London's Calling (Culture Clash)
  9. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
  10. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop)
  11. Various - Songs for Desert Refugees (Glitterhouse)
  12. Debo Band - De

  1. Chick Corea/Gary Burton - Hot House (Concord)
  2. Roni Ben-Hur/Santi DeBriano - Our Thing (Motema)
  3. Carol Welsman - Journey (Justin Time)
  4. Pete Zimmer - Prime of Life (Tippin')
  5. John Abercrombie Quartet - Within A Song (ECM)
  6. Kevin Mahogany & the Dave Stryker Organ Trio - Next Time You See Me (Mahogany Jazz)
  7. Cheryl Bentyne - Let's Misbehave (Summit)
  8. Claire Martin - Too Much in Love to Care (Linn)
  9. Oregon - Family Tree (Cam Jazz)
  10. Luciana Souza - The Book of Chet (Sunnyside)
  11. Fred Hersch Trio - Alive at

  1. Shemekia Copeland - 33 1/3 (Telarc)
  2. Magic Slim & the Teardrops - Bad Boy (Blind Pig)
  3. Marion James - Northside Soul (Ellersoul)
  4. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats - One Wrong Turn (Alligator)
  5. Rockin' Johnny Band - Grim Reaper (Delmark)
  6. Robert Cray Band - Nothin But Love (Provogue)
  7. Raphael Wressnig/ALex Schultz - Soul Gift (ZYW)
  8. Albert Castiglia - Living the Dream (Blues Leaf)
  9. Quintus McCormick - Still Called The Blues (Delmark)
  10. Janiva Magness - Stronger For It (Alligator)
  11. Johnnie Bassett - I Can Ma

Pat Metheny is one of the rare artists in jazz who combines the highest level of artistry with a popularity that extends well beyond the usual jazz circles. He is widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists of his generation and is known for his technical skill, heartland melodies and adventurous artistry.

Formed in 1970 and one of the most popular African bands of the decade, Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab created a blend of various African and Cuban styles and rhythms as entrancing today as it was when the group first began to play.

In the 1960s, a group of artists and bands began to emerge in England who were inspired by American blues. A changing world following the war, music from American servicemen and radio broadcasts, and tours, starting with Big Bill Broonzy in the early '50s, continuing with some of the major names in American blues after a key visit by Muddy Waters in 1958,and the American Folk Blues Festival tours that traveled England and the rest of Europe for a number of years all helped to inspire interest in the music.

  1. Bruce Barth - Three Things of Beauty (Savant)
  2. Kevin Mahogany/Dave Stryker Organ Trio - Next Time You See Me (Mahogany Jazz)
  3. Cory Weeds - Up A Step (Cellar Live)
  4. Sara Gazarek - Blossom & Bee (Palmetto)
  5. Dr.

  1. Antibalas - Antibalas (Daptone)
  2. Ba Cissoko - Nimissa (Cristal)
  3. Bibi Tanga and the Selenites - 40° of Sunshine (Nat Geo)
  4. Sori Kandia Kouyate - La Voix de La Revolution (Sterns Music)
  5. Cassandra Wilson - Another Country (E One)
  6. Manuel Galban - Blue Cha Cha (Concord Picante)
  7. Melody Gardot - The Absence (Decca)
  8. Ablaye Cissoko/Volker Goetze - Amanke Dionti (Motema)
  9. Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane - Thiossane (Sterns Music)
  10. The Spy from Cairo - Arabadub (Wonder Wheel)
  11. Anoushka Shankar - Traveller (Deutsche Gram

  1. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
  2. Johnnie Bassett - I Can Make That Happen (Sly Dog)
  3. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
  4. Rockin' Johnny Band - Grim Reaper (Delmark)
  5. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats - ONe Wrong Turn (Alligator)
  6. Albert Castiglia - Living the Dream (Blues Leaf)
  7. Mannish Boys - Double Dynamite (Delta Groove)
  8. The 44s - Americana (Rip Cat)
  9. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
  10. Anthony Gomes - Up 2 Zero (Anthony Gomes)
  11. Nathan James and the Rhythm Scratchers - Wh

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