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

1. When I Left Home: My Story by Buddy Guy (DaCapo Press) The newly named Kennedy Center honoree offered a surprisingly readable look back at his life here, including a vivid account of the tough times he faced at first in Chicago and intriguing portraits of some of the blues legends whose paths he crossed on the way to become one himself.

  1. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
  2. Anoushka Shankar - Traveller (Deutsche Grammophon)
  3. Rabih Abou-Khalil - Hungry People (World Village)
  4. Terakaft - Kel Tamasheq (World Village)
  5. Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Radio Salone (Cumbancha)
  6. Paco de Lucia - En Vivo (Decca)
  7. Enzo Avitabile - Black Tarantella (CNI Music)
  8. Staff Benda Bilili - Bouger Le Monde (Crammed Discs)
  9. The Funkees - Dancing Time (Soundway)
  10. KonKoma - Konkoma (Soundway)
  11. Antibalas - Antibalas (Daptone)
  12. The So

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin and Chris Heim run down the best in music for 2012 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, blues and books about music.

Crossroads Best of 2012

Dec 12, 2012

  1. Heritage Blues Orchestra - And Still I Rise (Raisin' Music)
  2. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
  3. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
  4. Eddie C.

Night Train Best of 2012

Dec 12, 2012

  1. Steve Kuhn/Steve Swallow/Joey Barron - Wisteria (ECM)
  2. Ali Jackson/Aaron Goldberg/Omer Avital - Yes!

1. Various - Diablos del Ritmo (Analog Africa)
2. Terakaft - Kel Tamasheq (World Village)
3. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
4. Carlos Nunez - Discover (Sony Music)
5. Stefano Saletti & Piccola Banda Ikona - Folkpolitik (Finis Terre)
6. Tito Puente - Quatro (Sony Music/Latin)
7. Various - Cumbia Beat Vol. 2 (Vampi Soul)
8. Mary Jane Lamond/Wendy MacIsaac - Seinn (Turtlemusik)
9. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop)
10. Bester Quartet - Metamorphoses (Tzadik)

1. David Maxwell - Blues in Other Colors (Blue Duchess)
2. Hans Theessink/Terry Evans - Delta Time (Blue Groove)
3. Van Morrison - Born to Sing: No Plan B (Exile/Blue Note)
4. Lee Boys - Testify (Evil Teen)
5. Alvin Lee - Still on the Road to Freedom (Rainman)
6. Chris O'Leary Band - Waiting for the Phone to Ring (Vizztone)
7. Various - ...First Came Memphis Minnie (Stony Plain)
8. The Blues Broads - The Blues Broads (Delta Groove)
9. Mississippi Heat - Delta Bound (Delmark)

1. George Cables - My Muse (High Note)
2. Luciana Souza - The Book of Chet (Sunnyside)
3. Brad Mehldau Trio - Where Do You Start (Nonesuch)
4. Brent Jensen/Bill Anschell/Chris Symer - Blueprints (Origin)
5. Anat Cohen - Claroscuro (Anzic)
6. Cheryl Bentyne - Let's Misbehave (Summit)
7. Kurt Elling - 1619 Broadway (Concord)
8. Kevin Coelho - Funkengruven (Chicken Coup)
9. Clayton Brothers - The Gathering (Artist Share)
10. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias - Swept Away ECMO
11. Bruce Barth - Three Things of Beauty (Savant)

1. Brent Jensen/Bill Anschell/Chris Symer - Blueprints (Origin)
2. Marc Johnson/Eliane Elias - Swept Away ECMO
3. Bruce Barth - Three Things of Beauty (Savant)
4. Pat Metheny - Unity Band (Nonesuch)
5. Joey DeFrancesco - Wonderful! Wonderful! (High Note)
6. Fred Hersch Trio - Alive at the Vanguard (Palmetto)
7. Graham Dechter - Takin' It There (Capri)
8. Lewis Nash Quintet - The Highest Mountain (Cellar Live)
9. Nobuki Takamen - Three Wishes (Summit)
10. Towner Galaher - Uptown! (Rhythm Royale)

1. Various - Cumbia Beat Vol. 2 (Vampi Soul)
2. Ensemble Polaris - Uncharted Waters (Pipistrelle Music)
3. Tim Maia - Nobody Can Live Forever (Luaka Bop)
4. Souljazz Orchestra - Solidarity (Strut)
5. Antibalas - Antibalas (Daptone)
6. Quadro Nuevo - Grand Voyage (Justin Time)
7. Various - Songs for Desert Refugees (Glitterhouse)
8. Ablaye Ndiaye Thiossane - Thiossane (Sterns Music)
9. Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth (Sunpower)
10. Fatou Diawara - Fatou (Nonesuch)
11. Los Straitjackets - Jet Set (Yep Rock)