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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October 12/14

Crossroads kicks off the October feature celebrating the 70th birthday of guitarist, songwriter and producer Duke Robillard with music he did on the debut album from Roomful of Blues and from one of a couple of releases he did with jazz guitar legend Herb Ellis.

Plus birthday salutes to R&B pioneer Jimmy Liggins and Louisiana bluesman Kenny Neal (including a special featuring Neal in hour two of the show), regional blues concert previews, and the latest from Marcia Ball, Nick Moss, Mike Zito, Bernard Allison and Anthony Geraci.

Monday, October 8

Global Village celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving Day with music from a wide array of Canadian artists. We’ll hear traditional, folk, and roots music from Beyond the Pale, Jayme Stone, Vishten, Jon Brooks, the Jerry Cans, Harry Manx, and Ten Strings & a Goat Skin, along with a variety of world sounds from Lorraine Klaasen, Danny Michel with the Garifuna Collective, Kobo Town, Roberto Lopez, the Souljazz Orchestra, and Ron Korb.

Tuesday, October 9

Global Village marks the centennial birthday Cuban pianist (and October featured artist) Bebo Valdes. It is also the birthday of his son, Chucho Valdes, and we’ll hear music from  the two together (including from their Grammy winning album, Juntos Para Siempre), along with a song Chucho wrote for his father.

Plus birthday salutes to vibes player Dave Samuels, flutist Yusef Lateef, and South African pianist (and newly named 2019 NEA Jazz Master) Abdullah Ibrahim.

Wednesday, October 10

As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month feature, Global Village heads to the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti and is famous for its son, bachata and merengue music. We’ll hear those styles, Dominican-influenced jazz and more in this show from such popular Dominican artists as Juan Luis Guerra, Luis Vargas, Joan Soriano, Michel Camilo, Wilfrido Vargas, and Johnny Pacheco.

Thursday, October 11

Global Village celebrates Pulaski Memorial Day to honor the Polish Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski and Polish Americans.  The program highlights a wide array of contemporary Polish bands ranging from traditional and avant-folk, to African, klezmer and jazz influenced groups. Plus such American artists as Polka King Frankie Yankovic , punk polka pioneers Brave Combo, and U.S. based Polish world-jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik – along with a polka classic from Berlin’s 17 Hippies. Artists featured include Warsaw Afrobeat Orchestra, Maria Pomianowska & Groupe Gainde, Janusz Prusinowski Trio, Kapela Maliszow, Tegie Chlopy, Motion Trio and Jarek Bester.

Friday, October 12

In conjunction with the October Hispanic Heritage Month feature, Global Village highlights music from the legendary group, Orchestra Baobab. The group formed in 1970 and its inspired combination of Cuban and Senegalese music made it one of the top bands of the era. New styles and sounds led to Baobab disbanding in the ‘80s, but they reformed in 2001 and both their past and later releases attracted a new world music audience. The show highlights music from across the band’s career, from early recordings to their most recent release. Plus more Latin sounds from Colombia’s Systema Solar, and the Gypsy Cuban Project.

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October 5/7

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 solo release from ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons

A two-disc instrumental set from West Coast blues harpist Rod Piazza

Award winning blues drummer Cedric Burnside

Atlanta swamp rock and blues band Delta Moon

Canada-based blues pianist Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne

Soul blues singer Johnny Rawls

B3 soul blues player Raphael Wressnig

Blues rocker Joe Louis Walker with Bruce Katz and Giles Robson

Plus reissues from Floyd Dixon, Roy Brown, Willis ‘Gator Tail’ Jackson, and Smiley Lewis.

We also pay tribute to Otis Rush who just passed away and will feature music from him and Duke Robillard throughout October.

Monday 10.1.18

Night Train kicks off the October Latin Jazz feature with music from Eddie Palmieri’s new album, the latest from Cuban pianist and composer Harold Lopez-Nussa, and Conrad Herwig’s Latin Side projects, including a special in hour two featuring his Latin Side of Herbie Hancock performance at the Newport Jazz Festival. It’s also the birthday of bassist Dave Holland and we’ll hear him with his Quintet and in projects with Anouar Brahem, Bill Frisell, Elvin Jones, Hank Jones and Billy Higgins. And there’s also some new music from singer Amy Cervini and teenaged piano phenom Joey Alexander.

Tuesday 10.2.18

It’s contemporary jazz organ players tonight on the Night Train – including Mike LeDonne, Ben Paterson, Brian Charette, Jared Gold, Pat Bianchi, and more – and a number of NEA Jazz Masters, including 2018 honoree Pat Metheny, 2019 nominee Abdullah Ibrahim, and such previous award winners as Abbey Lincoln, Charlie Haden, Roy Haynes, and Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison.

Wednesday 10.3.18

In conjunction with the October Latin Jazz feature, Night Train highlights Afro-Cuban jazz – including the standard “Cubano Chant” and music from Kenny Dorham’s classic album, Afro-Cuban -  and Cuban jazz artists – including Harold Lopez-Nussa, Alfredo Rodriguez, Ignacio Berroa and Paquito D’Rivera. Plus music from 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Dianne Reeves and Pat Metheny,  new music from the Fred Hersch Trio, Karrin Allyson, Kurt Leeing, Lynne Arriale, and Mike Freeman ZonaVibe.

Thursday 10.4.18

Night Train marks birthdays of bassist Steve Swallow (as a leader and with Carla Bley), singer Leon Thomas (with Pharoah Sanders and Louis Hayes, along with an album in tribute to him from Babatunde Lea), and blues/jazz guitarist Duke Robillard (who is the featured artist throughout October on Crossroads). The show also continues the October Night Train Latin Jazz feature with music from Wayne Wallace, Ken Wiley, and Cal Tjader with Anita O’Day – and there’s new music from Radam Schwartz, Nick Finzer, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra.

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  1. Dur Dur Band – Dur Dur of Somalia Vol 1 & 2 (Analog Africa)
  1. Eddie Palmieri – Full Circle (Uprising/Ropeadope)
  1. Samba Toure – Wande (Glitterbeat)
  1. Fatoumata Diawara – Fernfo (Shanachie)
  1. Invisible System – Bamako Sessions (Riverboat)
  1. Cachaito – Cachaito (World Circuit)
  1. Afro Cuban All Stars – A Toad Cuba Le Gusta (World Circuit)
  1. Delgres – Mo Jodi (PAIS)
  1. Nes – Ahlam (ACT)
  1. Robi Svard – Alquimia (Asfalt Tango)

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  1. Jody Williams – In Session (Jasmine)


  1. Shemekia Copeland – America’s Child (Alligator)
  1. Various artists – Chicago Plays the Stones (Raisin’ Music)
  1. Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive and Well (Silvertone/RCA)
  1. Bruce Katz Band – Get Your Groove! (American Showplace Music)
  1. Boz Scaggs – Out of the Blues (Concord)
  1. Various artists – Chicago/The Blues Legends/Today! (West Tone)
  1. Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps – Here in Babylon (Jesi-Lu)
  1. Mark Hummel – Harpbreaker (Electro-Fi)
  1. Steve Krase Band – Just Waitin’ (Connor Ray Music)

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  1. Ben Paterson – Live at Van Gelder’s (Cellar Live)


  1. Eddie Palmieri – Full Circle (Uprising/Ropeadope)
  1. Allan Harris – The Genius of Eddie Jefferson (Resilience)
  1. Erroll Garner – Nightconcert (Mack Avenue)
  1. Bill Anschell – Shifting Standards (Origin)
  1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads the Constitution (Nonesuch)
  1. Jared Gold – Reemergence (Strikezone)
  1. Amy Cervini – No One Ever Tells You (Anzic)
  1. Bobby Sanabria – West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads)
  1. Eddie Henderson – Be Cool (Smoke Sessions)

Monday, October 1

Global Village celebrates the birthday of one of Senegal’s greatest stars and one of the giants of world music – Youssou N’Dour. The program highlights music from his early recordings to music recorded on his breakthrough tour with Peter Gabriel, and his Grammy-winning Egypt – along with guest appearances he made with Orchestra Baobab, Harry Belafonte, Carlou D, and more.

Tuesday, October 2

Global Village celebrates Gandhi Day (a national holiday in India and also the UN-designated International Day of Non-Violence) with a wide array of music from India. Highlights include music from Ravi Shankar, his daughter Anoushka Shankar, guitarist Prasanna (who also was born on this date), the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, the Soul March release commemorating Gandhi’s Salt March, and the Psychedelic Bollywood compilation.

Wednesday, October 3

Global Village celebrates German Unity Day, a national holiday in Germany marking the 1990 reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Featured are a number of German world bands, including the pioneering group Dissidenten, prog rock and world band Can, German reggae artist Jahcoustix, Berlin’s 17 Hippies, Köln’s Schäl Sick Brass Band, and the full, original version of Kraftwerk’s iconic “Autobahn.”

Thursday, October 4

Global Village marks World Animal Day, an event that traces its roots back to 1920s Berlin and is dedicated to bringing attention to issues of animal welfare and protection. Global Village marks the occasion with a wide array of animal songs from Adrian Belew, 9Bach, Roaring Lion, Pink Martini, Manu Dibango, Buena Vista Social Club and more.

Friday, October 5

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. Stay tuned for highlights. 

Monday 9.24.18

Night Train marks birthdays of pioneering bongo player Jack Costanzo, singer (and pioneering African American Western movie star) Herb Jeffries, and vibes player Jay Hoggard. Plus more music from September featured artists Horace Silver, Frank Foster (this time with Count Basie), and Cannonball Adderley, including a special in hour two featuring Cannonball and several other players who helped shape the role of the alto in jazz post-Charlie Parker.

Tuesday 9.25.18

Night Train marks the birthday of German jazz organist Barbara Dennerlein and continues with the September 90th birthday celebrations for Horace Silver, Frank Foster and Cannonball Adderley.  We’ll hear Adderley live in Japan with his classic sextet, Foster as part of the lineup on a soulful set headed up by Illinois Jacquet, and music from a classic album from Horace Silver and then a special all-star tribute to him in hour two of the show.

Wednesday 9.26.18

Night Train marks birthdays of trumpeter Nicholas Payton, singer Julie London, and composer George Gershwin (including a Gershwin special in hour two of the show), Plus more music from September featured artists Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver, and Frank Foster, along with new music from Houston Person with Ron Carter, Bill Anschell, and Jared Gold.

Thursday 9.27.18

Night Train wraps up the September feature, marking 90th birthdays of Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver and Frank Foster, and celebrates birthdays of bop trumpeter Red Rodney, drummer Matt Wilson, and piano legend Bud Powell (including a special featuring Bud Powell in hour two of the show). Plus new music from Buster Williams and the Ted Nash Quintet.

September 28/30

Crossroads wraps up the September Three Kings & A Queen feature with a special emphasis on Ben E. King and “Queen of the Blues” Koko Taylor who share September 28 for a birth date. We’ll hear Ben E. with the Drifters and as a solo artist; and Koko from her early Chess days, later music on Alligator, and in a concert special in hour two of the show.

Plus a bit more from the other two Kings born in September – B.B. King and Freddie King – some music from swamp blues pioneer Lazy Lester who passed away last month, new releases from Shemekia Copeland and Mud Morganfield, and a festival preview.