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

Monday 6.25.18

Night Train highlights ‘hits’ tonight – actual jazz hits, jazz covers of pop hits, and some rare instances of jazz compositions that were turned into pop hits. Among the highlights, an early drummer-less version of “Poinciana” from Ahmad Jamal, the song that revived Nina Simone’s career some 30 years after it was first recorded, the Horace Silver song Steely Dan borrowed for one of their hits, and jazz covers of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the Zombie’s “Time of the Season.”

Tuesday 6.26.18

On the Night Train birthday list tonight, two pianists/composers/arrangers – Dave Grusin and Bill Cunliffe, and drummer Joey Baron, including a new album just out from Cunliffe, a couple of tribute albums Grusin did, and guest appearances by Baron with Bill Frisell, Steve Kuhn, and Enrico Pieranunzi. Also new music from Eric Applegate, and Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt with a tribute to Cannonball Adderley. And for the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, a song from the Virgin Islands from Sonny Rollins, and in hour two, a special featuring Puerto Rican saxophonist Miguel Zenon.

Wednesday 6.27.18

Night Train continues the Caribbean American Heritage Month feature with some Afro-Cuban (and other) Latin jazz tonight – including music from Mongo Santamaria, Ray Mantilla, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Charlie Haden – and off new albums from Steven Kroon, Azar Lawrence, Freddy Cole, the Ellis Marsalis Quintet, the Kenny Barron Quintet, and Akira Tana.

Thursday 6.28.18

Night Train marks the birthday of Richard Rodgers with a number of his compositions that appear on new albums from Bill Anschell, Susan Krebs, Amy Cervini, Roberta Piket and a new Nina Simone compilation. It’s also the birthday of keyboardist John Medeski and we’ll hear him with Medeski, Martin & Wood, Roswell Rudd, and last year’s Hudson release with Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield & Larry Grenadier. We also mark the birthday of Tierney Sutton, including with a special featuring her in hour two of the show.

June 29/July 1

Crossroads wraps up the June feature of music from New Orleans with music from Lee Dorsey, a Crescent City inspired song from the new Keeshea Pratt Band album, and a special in hour two featuring legendary New Orleans pianist, composer, singer and producer Allen Toussaint.

Plus a final farewell to Clarence Thomas of the great gospel group, the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Chicago bluesman Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater. They both passed away at the beginning of June and Crossroads has been featuring their music all month long.

And music from an extensive list of artists who have regional concerts in the coming week.

Monday, June 25

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 June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, it’s the Haitian roots music group Chouk Bwa Libète. Since the late ‘70s, one of the most powerful trends in contemporary Haitian music has been the rise of mizik rasin or roots music, a style drawing on folkloric and Haitian vodou music. Chouk Bwa Libète, which formed in Haiti in 2012, takes a spare approach, performing original and traditional music with just voice, drums and dance. Their appearance at the 2017 Savannah Music Festival marked their U.S. debut.

Tuesday, June 26

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Brazilian tropicalia great Gilberto Gil with music from collaborations he did with Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento, and Jorge Ben. We’ll also hear a piece he did on the groundbreaking Beleza Tropical release that marked the debut of David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. Plus new compilations from South African legend Hugh Masekela, Benin, and the Playing for Change project. And as we continue the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, there’s music from Dede Saint-Prix from Martinique, and roots reggae group Raging Fyah from Jamaica.

Wednesday, June 27

As part of the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, Global Village travels to Cuba for music from Cuban guitarists, including acclaimed classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco (from his Cuba! Album) and two guitarists associated with the Buena Vista Social Club – Manual Galban (from his earlier work as guitarist and musical director with the Cuban doo wop group Los Zafiros) and Eliades Ochoa (on a release with sister Maria Ochoa and Alma Latina). Plus some guitar music from a solo release by  John Doyle (a former member of Solas), Berlin’s 17 Hippies with special guest guitarists Marc Ribot and Jakob Ilja, guitarists Beppe Gambetta & Tony McManus, Spanish guitarist Carlos Timon, and legendary Senegalese guitar band, Orchestra Baobab, whose influences include music of Cuba.

Thursday, June 28

Global Village continues the June Caribbean Heritage Month feature with a program devoted to two popular styles of music from Trinidad and the French Antilles, soca and zouk. We’ll hear soca stars Black Stalin, Calypso Rose, and David Rudder, one of the groups that helped establish zouk, Kassav, and we’ll sneak in some roots sounds from Martinique and the pioneering release, Hurricane Zouk, along the way.

Friday, June 29

Throughout June we’ve been highlighting music from and inspired by the Caribbean. One of the most popular styles from there is reggae; and we wrap up our June feature with some proof of its broad influence, as we showcase reggae-influenced music from other parts of the world. Among the artists featured are Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, the Wailing Souls, the Easy Star All Stars, Rebel Tumbao, and Tiken Jah Fakoly.

KMUW Music is celebrating the first day of summer on Thursday, June 21, with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for songs of the season. 

Monday 6.18.18

Night Train continues the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature with music from Jamaican-born artists Monty Alexander, Dizzy Reece and Joe Harriott, the Mozayik Haitian jazz group, Dominican pianist Michel Camilo, Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sanchez, and a fascinating new album exploring the connections between Caribbean and Chinese music from Dongfeng Liu.  Plus new tribute albums from Eddie Daniels (for Egberto Gismonti) and Don Braden (Stevie Wonder, and Earth, Wind & Fire), along with the latest from Kenny Barron, Wali Ali, and the Barrett Martin Group.

Tuesday 6.19.18

Night Train highlights standards tonight – both classic recordings of these songs and new versions of old favorites. Among the artists featured, guitarist Kenny Burrell, Dinah Washington, Etta Jones, Art Blakey, Antonio Adolfo, Houston Person with Ron Carter, Gene Ammons and Jimmy Smith.

Wednesday 6.20.18

Night Train marks the birthday of saxophone, flute and bass clarinet great Eric Dolphy with music he did early in his career with Chico Hamilton, later with Charles Mingus, and also as a leader.  Plus more music for the Caribbean American Heritage Month feature – this time from the Essence All Stars Afro Cubano Chant album, from the Caribbean All Stars, and from Latin jazz great Tito Puente, including a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show. Also two impressive new albums from pianists Bill Anschell and Bill O’Connell.

Thursday 6.21.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the first day of summer with a program devoted to summer songs from Kenny Burrell, Shirley Horn, Pat Metheny, Marian McPartland, Oscar Peterson, the Godfathers of Groove, and more.

Monday, June 18

Global Village continues the June Caribbean Heritage Month feature with a trip to Haiti. We’ll hear music from featured group Tabou Combo, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year; the roots music group Chouk Bwa Libete, featured next week in the next edition of our special series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival; one of the legends of Haitian music, Nemours Jean-Baptiste; and the Creole Choir of Cuba, a vocal group made up of Cubans of Haitian descent.

Tuesday, June 19

Global Village continues the June Caribbean Heritage Month feature with a trip to Jamaica to celebrate the birthday of guitar great Ernest Ranglin. The show features music from his solo projects, as well work he did as lead guitarist and musical director for Jimmy Cliff, and as a guest artist with the Skatalites, Monty Alexander, the Melodians, Millie Small, Jackie Mittoo and more.

Wednesday, June 20

Global Village marks World Refugee Day with music from artists from many different corners of the world who were once refugees. Among the artists featured: the Refugees for Refugees project, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, NEA Heritage Fellow Rahim Alhaj, Western Sahara’s Aziza Brahim, Ugandan artist Samite and more.

Thursday, June 21

Global Village welcomes in the new season with songs of summer from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Desmond Dekker, Ray Barretto, Bill Withers, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Franti & Spearhead and more.

(Strange Currency & Night Train also have summer specials tonight.)

Friday, June 22

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day and Global Village (and four legged friends) howl along to songs from Jesse Winchester, the Roches, Rufus Thomas, Nick Drake, Big Mama Thornton and more. Plus music from African greats Orchestra Baobab and King Sunny Ade, the Balkan-inspired group Tipsy Oxcart, kora player Seckou Keita, and the Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten Cambodian rock soundtrack.

June 22/24

Crossroads continues the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature with more music from the Crescent City, including ‘the Soul Queen of New Orleans’ Irma Thomas, bluesman Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington, the Soul Rebels, the Neville Brothers, and in hour two, a special feature Cyril Neville.

Crossroads also continues its month-long tributes to Chicago bluesman Eddy ‘the Chief’ Clearwater, and gospel singer and cofounder of the Blind Boys of Alabama, Clarence Fountain, who both passed away at the beginning of the month.

And there’s new music from Bettye LaVette, Sue Foley, Mike Zito, and Lurrie Bell & the Bell Dynasty.

Monday 6.11.18

Night Train marks birthdays of two great drummers, acclaimed session man Bernard Purdie, and West Coast jazzman Shelly Manne. Plus more Caribbean inspired sounds for the June feature, this time from Eddie Palmieri, Steve Khan, Jowee Omicil, Steven Kroon, and in hour two, a special about pianist and singer Hazel Scott, who was born in Trindidad.

Tuesday 6.12.18

Featured tonight on the Night Train – two pianists with birthdays, Geri Allen and Chick Corea. We’ll hear Allen with Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, and Corea with early and later Return to Forever lineups, in covers of his songs from Duende Libre, and from Michel Camilo with Tomatito, and in a special in hour two focusing on his early career. Plus new music from the Steve Gadd Band, and from Kurt Elling.

Wednesday 6.13.18

Night Train highlights singers tonight – both legendary and rising stars. Among the artists featured are Nina Simone, Louis Armstrong, Tierney Sutton, Andy Bey, Cassandra Wilson, and Nnenna Freelon. Plus music from pianist Joey Calderazzo, organist Brian Charette, and trombonist John Fedchock, along Ahmad Jamal in an unusual setting with a 15-piece string orchestra on his 1959 release, At the Penthouse, and a classic from Stan Getz with Dizzy Gillespie.

Thursday 6.14.18

Night Train marks birthdays of bassist Marcus Miller and pianist Darius Brubeck (one of Dave Brubeck’s sons). We’ll also hear new music from the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (with Chris and Dan Brubeck), Mike Clark & Delbert Bump, Diana Krall, and Jay Rodriguez. And in hour two, in tribute to club owner and NEA Jazz Master Lorraine Gordon who passed away last week, a Jazz Profiles special about the legendary jazz club, the Village Vanguard, that she ran for so many years.

June 15/17

Crossroads continues the June feature celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month with music from New Orleans, and remembering Chicago blues legend Eddy Clearwater and gospel great Clarence Fountain of the Blind Boys of Alabama.

There’s also music from soul singer and session player Eddie Hinton for his birthday, blues concert previews, and new music from the Delmark 65th anniversary Tribute album, Canadian blueswoman Suzie Vinnick, the Lucky Losers, and the Jambalaya Brass Band – and a special about Crescent City brass bands, including the Rebirth Brass Band, in hour two in conjunction with the June feature.

Monday, June 11

In conjunction with the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature, Global Village visits some of the islands of the Caribbean whose music is not as well known. We’ll hear artists from Dominica, St. Vincent, Curacao, the Bahamas, Montserrat, St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Island, St. Lucia and more. Among the artists featured are Exuma, Blinky & the Roadmasters, Stanley & the Ten Sleepless Knights, Arrow, and even a Caribbean flavored number from Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe.

Tuesday, June 12

Global Village celebrates Chick Corea’s birthday with music he did with Bela Fleck and from his classic My Spanish Heart album. We’ll also hear one of his compositions performed by Dominican pianist Michel Camilo and Spanish guitarist Tomatito. Plus new music from the NEA Heritage Fellow Rahim Alhaj, Cape Verdean singer Nancy Vieira, Malian artist (and former Ali Farka Toure bandmember) Samba Toure, the Kora Jazz Trio, and Finland’s Tunto.

Wednesday, June 13

It’s the birthday of guitarist and songwriter Jorge Santana (Carlos’ brother) and Global Village highlights music he did with Malo, the group he fronted, and as a special guest with the Fania All Stars. Plus more music for the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature from Cuba’s Orquesta Akokan, and Haiti’s Boukman Eksperyans. We’re also featuring Tabou Combo, the acclaimed Haitian compas band that has made the U.S. home since the early ‘70s and this year is celebrating a 50th anniversary.

Thursday, June 14

Global Village remembers one of the great voices of African music, Papa Wemba, on his birthday. The show features music from Zaiko Langa Langa, a popular group he cofounded and where he first rose to stardom; his acclaimed Viva La Musica lineup; in appearances as a special guest with Manu Dibango and the Big Blue Ball project from RealWorld; and in covers of his songs from Africando and Juan Luis Guerra.

Friday, June 15

Global Village features some world jazz sounds this time – including the jazz-inspired styles of Afrobeat (from Italy’s Mamud Band), pioneering world chamber jazz ensemble Oregon, a Middle Eastern jazz project from guitar and oud player Amos Hoffman, and Flamenco Nuevo (from the Jazzpaña featuring Vince Mendoza, Steve Khan, the WDR Big Band and more).  And as Global Village continues the June Caribbean American Heritage Month feature there’s Haitian Mini Jazz (from the Mini All Stars), contemporary Cuban jazz from Roberto Fonseca, and the Jazz Jamaica lineup.