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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To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (which begins September 15th), Global Village will feature the sounds of bugalu (or boogaloo) – a heady mix of Latin music and soul that made the scene for an all-too-brief time in the ‘60s.

With a new album together and an upcoming date here in town, Night Train will feature music of Chick Corea and Gary Burton throughout September.

Though Stevie Ray Vaughan's main career spanned less than a decade, he managed in that short time to help spark a new interest in blues, established himself as one of the great guitarists of popular music, and won a prominent place in fans hearts where he remains to this day, over twenty years since his passing in a tragic helicopter accident in August, 1990.

At the end of last month, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the list of 2013 NEA Jazz Masters. Since 1982, this highest jazz honor has been bestowed on some of the greatest living musicians in jazz - among them, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dave Brubeck, Wayne Shorter, Tony Bennett and Jack DeJohnette. NEA Jazz Masters receive a one-time fellowship award of $25,000, are honored at an awards ceremony, and may participate in a variety NEA-sponsored promotional, performance, and educational activities.

August 15th is Indian Independence Day, marking the end of British rule and the birth of India as an independent nation and 2012 marks the 65th anniversary of that momentous event. To celebrate, Global Village features music of India throughout the month.

Top 40 Albums July 2012

Jul 25, 2012

  1. Paul Simon - Graceland (Legacy)
  2. Manuel Galban - Blue Cha Cha (Concord Picante)
  3. KonKoma - KonKoma (Soundway)
  4. English Beat - Keep the Beat (Shout!

Top 40 Albums July 2012

Jul 25, 2012

  1. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
  2. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
  3. Johnnie Bassett - I Can Make That Happen (Sly Dog)
  4. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
  5. Johnny Rawls - Soul Survivor (Catfood)
  6. Mud Morganfield - Son of the Seventh Son (Severn)
  7. Jon Cleary - Occapella!

Top 40 Albums July 2012

Jul 25, 2012

  1. Curtis Fuller - Down Home (Capri)
  2. Kate McGarry - Girl Talk (Palmetto)
  3. Jazz Soul Seven - Impressions of Curtis Mayfield (BFM Jazz)
  4. Virginia Mayhew Quartet - Mary Lou Williams: The Next 100 Years (Renma)
  5. Duke Ellington Legacy - Single Petal of A Rose (Renma)
  6. Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio - Across the Imaginary Divide (Rounder)
  7. Shawnn Monteiro - To Carmen with Love (Whaling City Sound)
  8. David Liebman/Nancy Reed - Neighbors (VectorDisc)
  9. Eric Reed - The Baddest Monk (Savant)
  10. Halie Loren - Heart First (

Though now recognized as one of the greats of the blues and one of the best guitarists of all time, Buddy Guy didn’t find recognition or success quickly or easily.

Top 40 Albums June 2012

Jul 5, 2012

  1. Steve Kuhn - Wisteria (ECM)
  2. Chris Hazelton Trio - Peregrination (Artists Recording Collective)
  3. Florian Hoefner Group - Songs Without Words (OA2)
  4. Shawnn Monteiro - To Carmen with Love (Whaling City Sound)
  5. David Liebman/Nancy Reed - Neighbors (VectorDisc)
  6. Piero Odorici - Cedar Walton Presents Piero Odorici (Savant)
  7. Ahmad Jamal - Blue Moon (Jazz Village)
  8. Three Voices - Transitions (Summit)
  9. Jazz Soul Seven - Impressions of Curtis Mayfield (BFM Jazz)
  10. Stacey Kent - Dreamer in Concert (Blue Note)