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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  1. Various Artists - Nordic Notes Vol.5: Folk from Estonia (Nordic Notes)


  1. Angelique Kidjo – Remain in Light (Kravenworks)
  1. Ebo Taylor – Yen Ara (Mr. Bongo)
  1. Tunto – Ilona (Aani)
  1. Hugh Masekela – ‘66-’76 (Wrasse)
  1. Nancy Vieira - Manha Florida (LusAfrica)
  1. Samba Toure – Wande (Glitterbeat)
  1. Various – African Scream Contest 2 (Analog Africa)
  1. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times (Strut)
  1. Eliades Ochoa & Alejandro Almenares - Dos Gigantes De La Musica Cubana (Tumi Music)

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  1. Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive and Well (Silvertone/RCA)


  1. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Run to Me (Gypsy Soul)
  1. Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps – Here in Babylon (Jesi-Lu)
  1. Deb Ryder – Enjoy the Ride (Vizztone)
  1. Mud Morganfield – They Call Me Mud (Severn)
  1. Various Artists – Tribute: Delmark’s 65th Anniversary
  1. Marcia Ball – Shine Bright (Alligator)
  1. Rockwell Avenue Blues Band – Back to Chicago (Delmark)
  1. Johnny Tucker – Seven Day Blues (High John)
  1. Muddy Gurdy – Muddy Gurdy (Vizztone)

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  1. Hank Jones – In Copenhagen (Storyville)


  1. Bill Anschell – Shifting Standards (Origin)
  1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads the Constitution (Nonesuch)
  1. Jerry Vivino – Coast to Coast (Vivino Music/BluJazz)
  1. Bill O’Connell – Jazz Latin (Savant)
  1. Steve Gadd Band – Steve Gadd Band (BFM Jazz)
  1. Mike Clark/Delbert Bump – Retro Report (Ropeadope)
  1. Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt – Jubilation! (Savant)
  1. Steven Kroon – In Your Dreams (Kroonatune)
  1. Erroll Garner – Nightconcert (Mack Avenue)

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August 3/5

It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to feature the best in new blues releases.

Among the highlights this time:

The return of major stars return with new releases, including Shemekia Copeland, Elvin Bishop, and Boz Scaggs

A best-of set from New Orleans’ Cyril Neville

Rory Block kicking off a new series, Power Women of Blues, with a tribute to Bessie Smith

The reunion of Willie Dixon’s Original Chicago Blues All-Stars

A Rough Guide compilation of Hokum Blues

And to help kick off the Crossroads August Blues Rock feature, Joe Bonamassa’s British Blues Explosion Live

Monday 7.30.18

Night Train kicks off the week with birthday celebrations for alto saxophonist David Sanborn, alto sax and flute player James Spaulding, and the late Kansas City singer Kevin Mahogany. We also continue our July Hank Jones feature and highlight new releases from the Brad Mehldau Trio, soul jazz saxophonist Jerry Weldon, bassist Buster Williams, the Steve Gadd Band, and Latin jazz pianist Bill O’Connell.

Tuesday 7.31.18

Night Train wraps up the July Hank Jones Centennial feature tonight, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, with an entire program devoted to his music. We’ll hear music he did as a leader from some of his earliest releases to a previously unreleased concert recording that just came out this past April. We’ll also feature some of his many dates as a sideman with the likes of Coleman Hawkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Charlie Parker, Johnny Hartman, Joe Lovano and more, plus conversations with Hank Jones from Jazz Stories and Art Works.

Wednesday 8.1.18

We’ve got a ‘tenor battle’ tonight on the Night Train, as we feature some classic and contemporary tenor sax players. Among the highlights: two of the artists we’re featuring this month for their centennial birthdays – Arnett Cobb and Ike Quebec – plus Don Braden, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Al Cohn with Zoot Sims, Scott Hamilton and John Coltrane. And we also have a surprising number of jazz covers of Earth, Wind & Fire songs tonight as well.

Thursday 8.2.18

Night Train is celebrating several centennial birthdays throughout August, including that of the ‘Godfather of Vocalese,’ Eddie Jefferson, who was born August 3, 1918. We’ll feature music from throughout his career tonight on the show, including his version of “Night Train” and work he did with James Moody. Plus covers of his songs, including from Allan Harris, who just released a new album in tribute to Eddie Jefferson – and,  in hour two, a special about vocalese, the art of putting lyrics to instrumental jazz solos, that Jefferson pioneered.

Monday, July 30

The final Monday of every month, we present our special concert series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, featuring world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place every spring in Savannah, Georgia. This time, in conjunction with our Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature, the Danes Meet the Swedes in a special double bill with veteran Swedish folk trio, Vasen,  and classical and traditional ensemble, the Danish String Quartet.

Tuesday, July 31

Global Village highlights some ‘roots’ sounds – including the song “Roots,” the B-side of a single from Bob Marley and the Wailers, and a roots reggae  album from Ivory Coast’s Tiken Jah Fakoly – as we highlight reggae this month as part of our Trojan Records 50th Anniversary feature. Plus some world jazz sounds from Brazilian singer Joyce Moreno, the world jazz blends of the Souljazz Orchestra and of TriBeCaStan, and the jazz-influenced Afrobeat of Fela.

Wednesday, August 1

Global Village marks Benin’s Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that West African nation. We’ll hear one of its most famous singers, Angelique Kidjo, along with jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke, the big band Afrobeat of the Gangbe Brass Band, the reunited legendary Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, and rarities from artists who helped shape the sound of contemporary urban music in Benin.

Thursday, August 2

Global Village highlights music from the diverse international lineup of artists on the Easy Star label. We’ll hear music from London’s Skints, Leeds’ Gentleman’s Dub Club, New Zealand’s Black Seeds, East Coast band John Brown’s Body, and California’s The Expanders – plus the Easy Star All Stars projects that covered classic albums from Pink Floyd, the Beatles, Michael Jackson and Radiohead, and featured a host of reggae legends.

Friday, August 3

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of recently released and forthcoming world music albums.  Among the highlights this time:

Something a bit different as Global Village kicks off the August feature marking the 50th anniversary of the influential U.K. ska and reggae label, Trojan Records, with music from a series of new compilations that have come out to mark the occasion. We’ll also highlight the latest in the reissue series of reggae titles from Nighthawk Records; showcase two of the key figures in Jamaica’s roots revival movement who have new albums out – Protoje and Kabaka Pyramid; and get to new releases from reggae influenced bands from Guam (the For Peace Band) and California (Slightly Stoopid).

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Monday 7.23.18

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Janis Siegel (solo and with Manhattan Transfer) and soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy; continues the July Hank Jones Centennial Birthday feature with music he did with Dave Holland & Billy Higgins, Benny Carter, and with Malian artists on the rare Sarala album; and highlights new releases from Dave Chamberlain’s Band of Bones, Roberta Piket, George Kahn, Bill Anschell and Joey Alexander.

Tuesday 7.24.18

Night Train highlights the jazz piano trio – including music from the hit Concert by the Sea album from Erroll Garner, young phenom Joey Alexander, contemporary trio leaders like Kenny Werner, Lafayette Harris, Jr., George Cables, Gerry Gibbs, and Mitchel Forman, along with classic leaders like McCoy Tyner, Red Garland and Bill Evans.

Wednesday 7.25.18

Night Train marks birthdays of Annie Ross (of the famous vocalese group, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), trumpeter and composer Don Ellis, and Ellington saxophonist Johnny Hodges (including a special in hour two focusing on the small groups led by Hodges, and also Chu Berry, Roy Eldridge and Lester Young). Night Train also continues the July Hank Jones feature with music he did with both Charlie Haden and Coleman Hawkins.

Thursday 7.26.18

Night Train marks the 80th birthday of pianist, composer, jazz educator and 2018 NEA Jazz Master Joanne Brackeen with music she did under her own name (including the very first volume in the prestigious Maybeck Recital Hall Series) and with the 70s Jazz Pioneers. We’ll also hear a special Art Works conversation with her in hour two of the show. Plus music from the other 2018 NEA Jazz Masters (Dianne Reeves and Pat Metheny), the newly-named 2019 NEA Jazz Masters (Maria Schneider, Bob Dorough, and Abdullah Ibrahim) and our July featured artist, Hank Jones, who was also an NEA Jazz Master. We’ll sprinkle in a few more as well, including Gary Burton, Lionel Hampton and Von Freeman.

Monday, July 23

Global Village highlights some fantastic fiddles, including Indian violinist L. Subramaniam and roots music fiddler Alison Kraus, both born on this date; and we’ll also hear classical and Nordic folk ensemble, the Danish String Quartet, and the Swedish trad trio, Vasen (featuring the nyckleharpa or keyed fiddle in their instrumental lineup) – both featured in concert next week in the next edition of Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival. Plus some music from South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, who was just named a 2019 NEA Jazz Master, the first African-born artist so honored.

Tuesday, July 24

Global Village has another bout of Accordion Mania with a wide array of releases featuring the instrument. Among the highlights – albums from two impressive Finnish accordionists, Teija Niku and Maria Kalaniemi, as we continue the Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature; also French neo-folk trio of Maes, Martin & Gruel,  I.K. Dairo ( who introduced the accordion into Nigerian Ashiko music), zydeco star C.J. Chenier, Poland’s Motion Trio, and Russian émigré group Ersatz Musika.

Wednesday, July 25

Global Village marks Tunisian Republic Day, a national holiday in Tunisia, with a wide array of artists and styles of music from that country, from Louisa the Tunisian, a popular artist during and after World War II across North Africa and in France, through cross-cultural and contemporary artists such as oud player Anouar Brahem, Amine & Hamza, Bargou 08, DuOud and Eurovision Song Contest Winner Amina.

Thursday, July 26

Today marks the birthday of cuatro player and salsa great Yomo Toro. Global Village pays tribute to him in a special edition of the show that features music spanning his seven decade long career - including both albums under his own name along with recordings he did with the Fania All Stars, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Roswell Rudd, Daniel Ponce, David Byrne and Ned Sublette.

Friday, July 27

Global Village continues the Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature with a visit to Finland. We’ll hear traditional and contemporary folk, jazz and rock influenced music, Finnish Tango and more from such influential groups and artists as the hit group Varttina, kantele master and key figure in the Finnish folk revival Martti Pokela, accordion master Kimmo Pohjonen with Kronos Quartet, electro-bagpipe group Pare, the all-harmonica lineup of Svang (from their new Tango album), and more.

July 27/29

Crossroads celebrates the 82nd birthday of blues legend Buddy Guy on July 30th with music from his new album, a classic Vanguard release just reissued on vinyl, and music he did with harp partner Junior Wells.

The show also wraps up the July Jump Blues feature with music from Louis Jordan, the Mighty Blues Kings, Tiny Bradshaw, and a special in hour two featuring Lavay Smith.

Plus new music from Finland’s Wentus Blues Band, Mud Morganfield, and the Hard Core Harp compilation.

Monday 7.16.18

Night Train kicks off the week with more music from July featured artist Hank Jones, including a newly released live set from Copenhagen in 1983 and from one of several performances from the Village Vanguard with the Great Jazz Trio. Night Train also marks birthdays of Latin jazz artists Cal Tjader and Bola Sete (also featured tonight on Global Village), tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz, and drummer Bobby Previte, and features new releases from Emmet Cohen with Ron Carter, the Fred Hersch Trio and Ben Paterson.

Tuesday 7.17.18

A long list of birthdays to celebrate tonight on the Night Train, including Dave Brubeck and Marian McPartland drummer Joe Morello, tenor saxophonist Chico Freeman, pianist Vince Guaraldi, guitarist Mary Osborne, singer Joanie Pallatto (with the late, great Bob Dorough, who was just named a 2019 NEA Jazz Master), baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola, and singer Jimmy Scott. Plus more from July featured artist Hank Jones (with brothers Thad and Elvin) and new releases from Eliane Elias, the ‘Standards Trio’ of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette, Roger Kellaway, Bill O’Connell and Freddy Cole.

Wednesday 7.18.18

Night Train continues the July Hank Jones Centennial Birthday feature with music the acclaimed pianist did with Cannonball Adderley (on the classic Somethin’ Else album) and with Abbey Lincoln. There’s also new music from Don Braden, Leslie Pintchik, the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Kenny Barron Quintet; and a birthday salute to keyboardist Brian Auger with some of his jazz recordings in hour one and a special concert performance in hour two of the show.

Thursday 7.19.18

Night Train highlights music and musicians from around the world – including Brazil’s Antonio Adolfo and Nilson Matta, Argentina’s Diego Urcola, Cameroon’s Gino Sitson, the Gabriel Alegria’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet, and saxophonist Juli Wood from her album featuring jazz renditions of traditional music from Finland.