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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Monday, July 16

Global Village celebrates birthdays of ska and reggae star Desmond Dekker, salsa star Ruben Blades, Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete, and West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader. Plus more music for the Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature with Finnish accordionist Markku Lepistö (with Samurai Accordion), and new music from the Turbans, African Scream Contest 2 with music from Benin, and reissues from the Gladiators and Buena Vista bassist Cachaito.

Tuesday, July 17

Global Village goes to Estonia for some traditional, neo-folk and classical music with roots in Estonian folk music. We’ll hear music of Arvo Pärt and Tormis performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the contemporary ensemble, Tormis Quartet from a new tribute album they did. Plus selections from Trad.Attack!, Mari Kalkun , the award-winning Estonian-Belgian group Estbel, and the Estonian-Ukranian band Svjata Vatra.

Wednesday, July 18

Global Village marks Nelson Mandela International Day – a special day of commemoration, celebration, and public service designated by the United Nations in honor of South African leader Nelson Mandela’s birthday. The show highlights music in honor of Mandela and the fight against apartheid in South Africa that still resonate today, including works from a number of musicians from South Africa. We’ll hear selections from Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Artists United Against Apartheid, Abdullah Ibrahim, Brenda Fassie, Harry Belafonte and more.

Thursday, July 19

In conjunction with the Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature, Global Village heads to Norway for a wide array of traditional, classical, jazz and world inspired music. We’ll hear pioneering world jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek and contemporary sax and goat horn world jazz player Karl Seglem; Hardanger fiddle player Annbjorn Lien; Sami artist Mari Boine; early music lute and guitar player Rolf Lislevand; contemporary classical group Trio Mediaeval; Norwegian-African ensemble Monoswezi and more.

Friday, July 20

Global Village celebrates Colombian Independence Day with a wide array of different styles of music and artists from that South American country. We’ll hear the popular folk styles of cumbia and vallenato, classical music, salsa, and contemporary Latin rock, from such artists as Carlos Vives, Aterciopelados, Joe Arroyo, Sidestepper, and more.

July 20/22

Crossroads continues the July Jump Blues feature with music from Louis Jordan, early Roomful of Blues, Kansas City’s Jay McShann, a classic from Big Maybelle, and a Jump Blues special, Jump Jive & Wail, in hour two of the show.

Plus music from blues artists with concerts in the coming week and new music from Muddy Gurdy, Deb Ryder, Marcia Ball, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, and more.

Monday 7.9.18

Night Train begins a week-long tribute to Henry Butler, the acclaimed Crescent City pianist who passed away last week. Plus more music from July featured artist Hank Jones (this time with the Great Jazz Trio and with Cannonball Adderley), birthday salutes to jump blues star Joe Liggins, saxophonist Elias Haslanger and New Orleans drummer Stanton Moore, and new jazz piano trio releases from Lynne Arriale, Erroll Garner, Bill Anschell, and the Oak Trio.

Tuesday 7.10.18

Night Train celebrates birthdays of hard bop trumpet star Lee Morgan, popular bassist Major Holley, and eclectic banjoist Bela Fleck (including a performance with Marcus Roberts at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show). Plus more music from July featured artist Hank Jones (this time with Lee Morgan and as a leader), New Orleans pianist Henry Butler, and new releases from the OKB Trio, Eddie Henderson, and Kurt Elling.

Wednesday 7.11.18

Night Train highlights classic and contemporary soul jazz tonight – including music from such veterans as Lou Donaldson and Jack McDuff, and contemporary soul jazz players including Dave Stryker, Brian Charette, Organissimo, and Mike LeDonne.

Thursday 7.12.18

Night Train marks birthdays of pioneering soul jazz organist Big John Patton, and Ellington band tenor man Paul Gonsalves (including his historic Newport performance with Duke) ; wraps up a week-long tribute to Crescent City pianist Henry Butler; continues with more music from July featured artist Hank Jones for his centennial birthday; and features new music from Venture, Harold Lopez-Nussa, the Brad Mehldau Trio, Jerry Vivino, and Mike LeDonne & the Groover Quartet.

July 13/15

Crossroads kicks off the July Jump Blues feature with music from Louis Jordan, including a special about his life and music in hour two of the show.

Also new music from the Delmark 65th Anniversary Tribute album, Muddy Waters’ son Mud Morganfield, Van Morrison with Joey DeFrancesco, and Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar.

Monday, July 9

Global Village celebrates both the Independence Day of Argentina and the birthday of one of its most famous singers, ‘new song’ great Mercedes Sosa. Tango from traditional to contemporary along with electro, regional traditional, tango jazz and more are featured in performances from Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla, the Tango Negro Trio with Juan Carlos Caceres, Chango Spaziuk, Gotan Project and more. And as we continue the July ‘Nordic Cool’ feature, we’ll also include a bit of tango from Finland.

Tuesday, July 10

It’s Bela and the Bahamas this time in the Global Village as we mark the birthday of banjoist Bela Fleck with some of his world music projects, and Independence Day in the Bahamas, which we celebrate with music from Joseph Spence, the Baha Men, Exuma and more.

Wednesday, July 11

Another round of global guitars this time in the Global Village, including music from Jamaican legend Ernest Ranglin, guitar wizard David Lindley, German guitarist Leni Stern from her latest African project, 3, the Malagasy Guitar Masters, and as we continue our ‘Hot July Nordic Cool’ feature, ‘the Jimi Hendrix of Norway’ – Terje Rypdal, and Norwegian world-folk artist Michael Krumin’s latest release with Nutopia. Plus a new compilation of music from South African legend Hugh Masekela, the latest from Monsieur Doumani from Cypress, and Angelique Kidjo’s new reworking of the Talking Heads’ album, Remain in Light.

Thursday, July 12

In conjunction with the ‘Hot July-Cool Nordic Sounds’ feature, Global Village heads to Sweden for traditional and contemporary folk music, along with selections inspired by jazz, world, and reggae influences, and some cross-cultural collaborations. We’ll hear music from Vasen (featured on the next Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival concert special at the end of the month), Garmarna, the Swedish Sax Septet, Reggae Team, Nordic Raga, and some sublime and award-winning music from Ale Moller with Lena Willemark.

Friday, July 13

Global Village marks birthdays of Cuban pianist and composer Harold Lopez-Nussa (including music from his latest release) and of percussionist Pete Escovedo (both as a leader and as a special guest with Bobby McFerrin and Santana). Plus new music from Tribu, and Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – and more cool Nordic sounds for a hot July – this time from Monoswezi (a group featuring musicians from Norway, Zimbabwe and Mozambique) and from the new album from Tunto.

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July 6/8

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:

A powerful new album from blues legend Buddy Guy

Soulful sets from Kat Riggins, Billy Price, and Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar

Roots and classic blues inspired releases from Johnny Tucker, Kid Ramos and Bob Corritore & Friends

A new album for the 50th anniversary of Tower of Power

And the blues side of a new project from Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore.

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  1. Don Braden – Earth, Wind and Wonder (Creative Perspective Music)


  1. Steven Kroon – In Your Dreams (Kroonatune)
  1. Bill Anschell – Shifting Standards (Origin)
  1. Brubeck Brothers Quartet – Timeline (Blue Forest)
  1. Dongfeng Liu – China Caribe (Zoho)
  1. Erik Applegate – Three’s A Crowd (Artist Alliance)
  1. Azar Lawrence – Elementals (High Note)
  1. Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette – After the Fall (ECM)
  1. Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt – Jubilation! (Savant)
  1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads the Constitution (Nonesuch)

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  1. Bombino – Deran (Partisan)
  1. Various – African Scream Contest 2 (Analog Africa)
  1. Tunto – Ilona (Aani)
  1. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times (Strut)
  1. Playing for Change – Listen to the Music (Motema)
  1. Hugh Masekela – ‘66-’76 (Wrasse)
  1. Nancy Vieira -Manha Florida (LusAfrica)
  1. Samba Toure – Wande (Glitterbeat)
  1. Rahim Alhaj Trio – One Sky (Smithsonian Folkways)
  1. The Turbans – The Turbans (Six Degrees)

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  1. Various Artists – Tribute: Delmark’s 65th Anniversary


  1. Marcia Ball – Shine Bright (Alligator)
  1. Keeshea Pratt Band – Believe (KPB)
  1. Lurrie Bell & the Bell Dynasty – Tribute to Carey Bell (Delmark)
  1. Steve Krase Band – Just Waitin’ (Connor Ray Music)
  1. Bettye LaVette – Things Have Changed (Verve)
  1. Savoy Brown – You Should Have Been There
  1. Rockwell Avenue Blues Band – Back to Chicago (Delmark)
  1. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Run to Me (Gypsy Soul)
  1. Suzie Vinnick – Shake the Love Around (Suzie Vinnick)

Monday, July 2

Global Village kicks off the July ‘Cool Nordic Music’ feature with the varied sounds of Nordic Jazz – including the pioneering work of Jan Garbarek, emerging bands like the Sun Trio, the distinctive sax and goat horn folk-jazz of Karl Seglem, Nordic groups that incorporate Brazilian influences such as Nordic Choro and Jukka Eskola’s Orquesta Bossa, and Eurojazz players Terje Rypdal, E.S.T. and Arild Anderson.

Tuesday, July 3

It takes two…or three or four to tango – and Global Village has that many and more lined up to showcase the richness of tango music. We’ll hear classic sounds from ‘The Black Pearl of Tango,’ Lagrima Rios, and a favorite from early tango star Carlos Gardel performed by Berta Rojas on her Latin-Grammy nominated album, History of Tango. There’s ‘new tango’ music from Pablo Ziegler in a piece called “Mahavishnu Tango” that he wrote with jazz guitar legend John McLaughlin, and tango-reimagined by Germany’s Quadro Nuevo.

Wednesday, July 4

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Bill Withers and Fred Wesley with music from both, including one of many tracks Wesley did as part of the JB Horns with James Brown, along with music both did under their own names. Plus new music from Seun Kuti (Afrobeat legend Fela’s son), Mexico’s Sonido Gallo Negro, and The Turbans – and as we continue our July Nordic feature, one of the pioneering neo-folk groups from Finland, Varttina.

Thursday, July 5

Global Village celebrates another Independence Day – this time of Cape Verde – with music from the island nation’s legendary Cesaria Evora, Evora’s musical director Bau, songwriter Teofile Chantre and protégé Fantcha, rising star Elida Almeida, Bana - the ‘King of Mourna,’ and the Space Echo compilation that captured the developing modern sounds of ‘70s and ‘80s Cape Verde.

Friday, July 6

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:

Angelique Kidjo’s reinterpretation of the Talking Heads’ album Remain in Light

Buena Vista guitarist Eliades Ochoa with  Alejando Almenares in  a set of traditional Cuban instrumentals

Live recordings from Two-Tone punk-ska bands the Selecter and the Beat

Italian reggae band Mellow Mood

North Carolina based Senegalese artist Diali Cissokho with his band Kaira Ba

Finnish female new-folk band Enkel, to help kick off the July ‘Cool Nordic Sounds’ feature

And groundbreaking ‘50s recordings from Central and East Africa on a new compilation, Listen All Around.