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, September 24

The final Monday of every month, it’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series featuring world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

This time, in conjunction with the September Music of Mali feature, it’s Trio da Kali. The balafon, bass ngoni, and vocal trio burst onto the world music scene last year with the Ladilikan album done with the acclaimed contemporary classical ensemble, Kronos Quartet. Trio da Kali is deeply rooted, both personally and musically, in the traditions of Malian music and their debut appearance at the Savannah Music Festival this past spring proved the versatile and moving Trio brilliantly adds to its long and rich history.

Tuesday, September 25

Global Village highlights music from and inspired by Turkey – including selections from the Istanbul Oriental Ensemble, the folkloric group Kardeş Türküler; U.S.-based Turkish artist Omar Faruk Tekbilek; Kansas City-based world jazz group Alaturka; and some ‘70s Turkish psychedelic rock from Edip Akbayram.

Wednesday, September 26

In conjunction with the September Music of Mali feature, Global Village devotes a show to female singers of Mali. The country is distinct and somewhat unusual for the prominent role female singers have. We’ll hear some of the legends – including Oumou Sangare, Caoumba Sidibe and Kandia Kouyate, along with such raising stars as Rokia Traore and Fatoumata Diawara; plus Trio da Kali, featuring the powerful voice of Hawa Diabate, and the collaborative project, Les Amazones d’Afrique, that featured several Malian singers.

Thursday, September 27

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Robbie Shakespeare, bassist and half of the legendary Jamaican ‘Riddim Twins’ with Sly Dunbar. We’ll hear recordings the duo did together, along with guest appearances they made with Grace Jones, Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, Monty Alexander, Barry Reynolds and more in this special edition of the show.

Friday, September 28

Global Village celebrates birthdays of soul singer Ben E. King and Brazilian soul and funk pioneer Tim Maia – and wraps up the September Music of Mali feature with music from Songhoy Blues, Boubacar Traore, the pioneering Les Ambassadeurs band, Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, and a preview of a new album from Sekou Bah.

Monday 9.17.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Jeff Ballard and Jack McDuff (including a special featuring music and conversation from the soul jazz organist in hour two of the show), continues with more music for our September feature (including a classic Horace Silver composition performed by pianist Tommy Flanagan, and music from the classic Somethin’ Else album from Cannonball Adderley), and new music from the Brad Mehldau Trio and guitarist Nate Najar.

Tuesday 9.18.18

More September feature music from Frank Foster (with Frank Wess), Horace Silver, and Cannonball Adderley (with his brother Nat’s Sextet) – and a Jazz Profiles Special about Nat Adderley in hour two of the show. There’s also new music from French horn player Ken Wiley, and Mike Clark with Delbert Bump, and birthday salutes to guitarist Emily Remler and trombonist John Fedchock.

Wednesday 9.19.18

Night Train highlights some jazz trombones – including trombone great J.J. Johnson (with Nat Adderley), and contemporary artists Michael Dease, Wayne Wallace, and the trombone lineup of Band of Bones. Also music from Billy Strayhorn performed by saxophonist Johnny Hodges and pianists Fred Hersch and Joey Alexander, and a guest appearance Strayhorn made with South African singer Sathima Bea Benjamin – and saxophone greats Johnny Hodges, Bobby Watson, and Pharoah Sanders.

Thursday 9.20.18

Night Train highlights tributes and covers tonight – including music from featured artists Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley and Frank Foster performed by Taj Mahal, Allan Harris, Tim Hegarty, Doug MacDonald and others. We’ll also hear Mose Allison compositions from Maria Muldaur and Roseanna Vitro, and Chick Corea compositions from Joe Farrell and Duende Libre.

Monday, September 17

Global Village heads to Prince Edward Island this time to showcase music from three talented contemporary folk ensembles: Vishten, the East Pointers, and Ten Strings & a Goatskin. Also on tap, music from indigenous Canadian artist Buffy Sainte-Marie,  Swedish folk group Vasen, English folk rock from Sandy Denny with Fotheringay, Herbie Hancock’s Imagine Project, and as the September Music of Mali feature continues, more from the Tuareg/desert rock band Tinariwen.

Tuesday, September 18

As part of the Global Village September Music of Mali feature, a special show devoted to some of the wide range of styles and artists of that country. We’ll hear legendary guitarist Ali Farka Toure, his son Vieux Farka Toure, the father and son release from Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, one of the great traditional singers of Mali, Kasse Mady Diabate, and his equally talented daughter who is part of Trio da Kali (our featured artists in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival), Salif Keita’s groundbreaking Soro album, and the remarkable women of Wassoulou, including famed singer Oumou Sangare.

Wednesday, September 19

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day! In honor of the occasion, Global Village has a special show filled with songs about pirates from the likes of Roger McGuinn, Marianne Faithfull, Bob Marley, Al Stewart, the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie, and, of course, some music from the Pirates of Penzance!

Thursday, September 20

In conjunction with the September Music of Mali feature, Global Village devotes a show to Malian guitarists. We’ll hear Djelimady Tounkara, a member of the influential Super Rail Band and widely regarded as one of the country’s and one of the continent’s finest guitarists, the acclaimed and eclectic Boubacar Traore, the legendary Ali Farka Toure, Samba Toure who worked in Ali’s band, and rising guitar stars Oumar Konate and Sidi Toure.

Friday, September 21

Global Village marks International Day of Peace, a day set aside by the United Nations since 1982 in support of world peace. The program highlights topical tunes from a variety of artists from around the world, including Third World, Vieux Farka Toure, Van Morrison, Sameer Gupta, the Holmes Brothers, Edwin Starr, Van Morrison, and more.

September 21/23

Crossroads celebrates the birthday of soul legend Ray Charles, including a special about him in hour two with a number of special guests, including September featured artist B.B. King.

We’ll also hear B.B. with some key members of Ray Charles’ band; music from Crossroads’ other September featured artists, Koko Taylor (with special guest Buddy Guy) and Freddie King (from his time with Leon Russell’s Shelter label);  new music from Frank Bey, Buddy Guy and Boz Scaggs; and music from a host of artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week.

Monday 9.10.18

Night Train begins a week long tribute to pianist Randy Weston who passed away earlier this month; continues the September feature celebrating 90th birthdays of Cannonball Adderley, Frank Foster and Horace Silver (including a special featuring Silver in hour two of the show); and marks birthdays tonight of organist and former Ray Charles’ band member Dr. James Polk, and lyricist and singer Lorraine Feather. 

Tuesday 9.11.18

It’s a Baby Face Willette extravaganza tonight on the Night Train as we mark the birthday of the pioneering soul-jazz organist who left behind only a small collection of recordings under his own name and with Grant Green and Lou Donaldson. We’ll hear some of those recordings and a cover of one of his compositions in hour one and more in a special in hour two of the show. Also more from September featured artists Cannonball Adderley, Horace Silver and Frank Foster, and we continue our weeklong tribute to pianist and composer Randy Weston.

Wednesday 9.12.18

Night Train marks birthdays of organist Papa John DeFrancesco, trumpeter Brian Lynch, singer Ella Mae Morse, and saxophonist Scott Hamilton. We also continue our September feature, this time with music from Horace Silver and Cannonball Adderley, and our week long salute to Randy Weston, including music from his album Blues to Africa and a special in hour two featuring Weston at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Thursday 9.13.18

Night Train marks birthdays of critic, songwriter and producer Leonard Feather (including one of his songs done by Aretha Franklin), and sophisticated R&B great Charles Brown (including a special featuring his music in hour two of the show). Plus more from September featured artists Cannonball Adderley and Horace Silver, and we wrap up our week-long tribute to Randy Weston with music from one of his early albums and from one of the releases in his Portraits trilogy.

Monday, September 10

In conjunction with the September Music of Mali feature, Global Village devotes this program to some of the key Tuareg or ‘desert blues’ bands that have come to international prominence in recent years. The Tuareg call the Sahara home and are found in several different countries, including Niger and Algeria, as well as Mali. We’ll hear from the Mali-based bands Tinariwen (who first helped bring the Tuareg to a wider world music audience), Terakaft and Tartit, as well as Toumast, Etran Finatawa, Bombino, Group Inerane, Imarhan and Ezza.

Tuesday, September 11

Global Village celebrates Ethiopian New Year with a program devoted to music from that country. We’ll hear the ‘Father of Ethio Jazz’ Mulatu Astatke, several artists and bands based in the U.S. with Ethiopian members or inspired by Ethiopian music (including Aster Aweke, Debo Band, Budos Band and Either/Orchestra), and some popular artists during the ‘Golden Age of Ethiopian Music,’ including Mahmoud Ahmed, who was also among the first Ethiopian artists featured on international releases.

Wednesday, September 12

Global Village features the kora, the 21-string harp-like instrument from West Africa. We’ll hear several musicians from Mali (for the September feature), including acclaimed player Toumani Diabate (with Ali Farka Toure, on the Songhai project, as part of Afrocubism, and with jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd) and Ballake Sissoko (with cellist Vincent Segal and as part of the 3MA lineup) – plus contemporary players Ba Cissoko from Guinea and Dawda Jobarteh from Gambia, and the Portland based world jazz ensemble, the Kora Band.

Thursday, September 13

Global Village highlights brass and other bands from the Balkans, and some artists and bands from other parts of the world inspired by those sounds. Among the artists featured are Romania’s Fanfare Ciocarlia, Serbia’s Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar, Slovakia’s Balkansam6el, and American groups the Raya Brass Band, Slavic Soul Party & Cocek! Brass Band.

Friday, September 14

Global Village celebrates the centennial birthday of Cachao. The great Cuban-born bassist (who made America his home in the ‘60s) helped to create mambo music and the descarga (or Latin jazz jam session). His career enjoyed a revival starting in the ‘90s and he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, named a National Heritage Fellow, and won several Grammys. We’ll hear music he did in the ‘50s in Havana with Chico O’Farrill, later albums he did under his own name, guest appearances he made with Albita, Gloria Estefan and Hubert Laws, and covers of his compositions by his nephew (and Buena Vista Social Club member) Cachaito, Chucho Valdes and Cal Tjader. Global Village will also celebrate centennials of both Cachao and Cuban pianist and composer Bebo Valdes in October for the second half of Hispanic Heritage Month.

September 14/16

Crossroads kicks off the September “Three Kings & A Queen” feature, marking September birthdays of B.B. King, Freddie King, and Ben E. King, and the “Queen of the Blues,” Koko Taylor. 

Sunday September 16th is B.B. King’s birthday and the show will feature some of his classic recordings along with a special in hour two, originally put together for his 80th birthday, with special guests Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, John Mayall, Carlos Santana, and Pat Metheny.

The 16th is also the birthday of blues veteran Billy Boy Arnold and Crossroads will include music from him along with previews of blues concerts in the coming week and more of the best in new blues releases.

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September 7/9

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:

Chicago/The Blues Legends/Today!  Picking up from where a legendary 1966 series of blues releases (Chicago/The Blues/Today) from Sam Charters left off.

Chicago Plays the Stones, with contemporary Chicago blues artists turning the tables and doing blues covers of Rolling Stones songs

Crescent City pianist Jon Cleary

Award winning harp player Mark Hummel

British blues rock guitarist and singer Joanne Shaw Taylor

Kansas City blues favorite Amanda Fish

Reissues featuring Slim Gaillard, Jody Williams, the Staple Singers and Ella Mae Morse

And we’ll also feature music from a number of blues artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week.

Monday, September 3

We are working on this Labor Day here in the Global Village! Join us for some great songs about work and working from a wide array of artists and in a wide array of styles. Among the artists featured: Tom Waits, Toots Hibbert, the Strawbs, Abbey Lincoln, the Roches, Jimmy Reed and more.

Tuesday, September 4

Global Village kicks off the September Music of Mali feature with contemporary duo Djeneba et Fousco and Tuareg group Terakaft, and celebrates the birthday of gypsy jazz guitarist Bireli Lagrene. Plus new music from Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana, Mike Marshall & Caterina Lichtenberg, and another of the Nighthawk reggae reissues, this time from Justin Hinds.

(Night Train also features music from Lagrene tonight.)

Wednesday, September 5

A special edition of Global Village in tribute to the great pianist Randy Weston, who passed away on September 1st at the age of 92. Weston was a pioneer in bringing attention to the African roots of American jazz and his distinctive style was a deep fusion of jazz and African influences. We’ll hear music from his groundbreaking 1960 album Uhuru Afrika, the classic two-disc set The Spirits of Our Ancestors, and his Grammy-nominated release Tanjah. We’ll also hear covers of several of his compositions that have become standards from John Renbourn, Mark Whitfield and Ray Barretto.

Thursday, September 6

This time in the Global Village we head a bit north and west of our featured country of Mali for some contemporary releases from and inspired by the Middle East and North Africa. Highlights include French guitarist and composer Titi Robin, Iranian singer (and former Axiom of Choice member) Mamek Khadem, Paris-based world-fusion artist Aziz Sahmaoui,  the Dutch ‘Arabicana’ band NO Blues, Iranian vocalist Mahsa Vahdat with soul and gospel singer Mighty Sam McClain, Israeli percussionist Zohar Fresco, and even some heavy metal from the Arabic Rock Orchestra.

Friday. September 7

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:

The remastered debut album from the Afro Cuban All Stars featuring members of the Buena Vista Social Club

Early Latin-soul tracks from the father of Ethiojazz, Mulatu Astatke

The latest from Latin jazz powerhouse Eddie Palmieri

Haitian roots and blues rock from Moonlight Benjamin

Music inspired by the sounds of Guadaloupe, the Caribbean and the Crescent City from Paris-based Delgres

And some fantastic, funky and rare sounds from a popular ‘80s group from Somalia, the Dur-Dur Band.

Monday, September 3
Night Train steps aside for two special programs celebrating Labor Day with jazz and popular songs devoted to work and workers.

Tuesday, September 4
Night Train kicks off the September feature – for the 9th month, 90th birthday celebrations for saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, pianist and composer Horace Silver, and saxophonist and bandleader Frank Foster. Also birthday salutes tonight for soul jazz organist Gene Ludwig, composer, arranger and bandleader Gerald Wilson, saxophonist Dave Liebman, and contemporary gypsy jazz guitarist Bireli Lagrene – plus a gypsy jazz special in hour two of the show.

Wednesday, September 5
The focus tonight on the Night Train is on hard bop, the bluesy and more earthy style of jazz that evolved after bebop. We’ll hear performances and compositions from such hard bop masters as Cannonball Adderley and Horace Silver (our September featured artists), as well as Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Duke Pearson and Bobby Timmons. Plus new releases from the Cory Weeds Little Big Band, the Verve Jazz Ensemble, Jason Marsalis, Ben Paterson, and Allan Harris.

Thursday, September 6
Night Train marks the birthday of British singer Claire Martin and continues the September birthday feature for Horace Silver, Frank Foster and Cannonball Adderley (including a special in hour two about the classic album, Kind of Blue, which featured Adderley as part of the lineup.) Plus the latest from the Brad Mehldau Trio, Freddy Cole, Eddie Daniels and George Kahn.