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. 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 Chicago’s NPR affiliate. It was here where she hosted a jazz show and a world music show (the latter being one of the longest running world music shows in public radio). She has also served as a Music Director and produced and anchored national broadcasts of the city’s jazz, blues, and Latin music festivals, as well as a long-running series done in partnership with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater.

 

At KMUW, Chris produces and hosts Global Village, a nationally and internationally distributed world music show heard in more than 40 states and nearly 40 countries; the nightly jazz show Night Train, and Crossroads, KMUW’s twice-weekly blues and R&B show. In 2020, Chris received first place in Special Program from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, as well as first place in DJ Personality Air Check for Night Train.

Chris received a Master of Arts in communication from Wichita State University. Chris is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune (where she had a weekly column), Utne, Global Rhythm, Dirty Linen, and Option, among others. She serves as a participating critic in several Best of the Year polls, including DownBeat, NPR Jazz, Transglobal World Music Chart and fRoots.
 

Ways to Connect

Monday, March 29

The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, our award-winning monthly concert series (First Place in the 2020 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Annual Awards in the Special Program category) showcasing top world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

Throughout March Global Village has been celebrating Women’s History Month and we continue the salute here with a performance from Fatoumata Diawara, the acclaimed singer, songwriter, actress, and - rare for an African woman - guitarist, whose work has garnered both Grammy and Oscar nominations.

Tuesday, March 30

Global Village goes all day-glo this time with a program devoted to psychedelic sounds from around the world. We’ll hear Latin, Turkish, and Asian psychedelia from the likes of New York’s Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers, Mexico’s Sonido Gallo Negro, Colombia’s Afrosound, groundbreaking Turkish psychedelic band Moğollar, and two artists inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Le and Indian guitarist Prasanna.

Wednesday, March 31

Global Village celebrates one of its favorite holidays - Hug a Medievalist Day, marking the occasion with music from and inspired by the Middle Ages from DOA, Kirk Elliott & the Orchestra of Unmitigated Gaul, Radio Tarifa, Trio Mediaeval, the Dufay Collective, Jordi Savall with Hesperion XXI, and more.

Thursday, April 1

Global Village kicks off the April Siblings feature with music from Sergio and Odair Assad (the featured artists for this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival concert); marks the birthday of reggae legend Jimmy Cliff (including music from The Harder They Come soundtrack, which was just inducted into the National Recording Registry); and highlights world music nominees for this year’s Canadian Folk Awards – including the Sultans of String, Okan, Mazocote, Emilyn Stam & John David Williams, Aviva Chernick, Zal Sissokho, and Benjamin Barrile.

Friday, April 2

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 return of a ‘70s classic from South African saxophonist Teaspoon & the Waves

Classic tracks from Zimbabwe’s pioneering Hallelujah Chicken Run Band

The Transglobal World Music Chart’s Best of 2020 compilation

Ivorian reggae artist Jah Light

The French-Swiss Jah Jazz Orchestra

A sunny Brazilian set from Joao Selva

A stunning new work from the Warsaw Village Band

And a meditative new project from pipa player Wu Man with shakuhachi player Kijiro Umezaki.

Monday, March 29

It’s World Day (the 88th day of the year) and Night Train celebrates with a program devoted to women jazz pianists for the March Women’s History Month feature. We’ll hear NEA Jazz Masters Carla Bley, Shirley Horn, Marian McPartland, and Joanne Brackeen, along with contemporary players including Lisa Hilton, Jihee Heo, and Hiromi. Then in hour two, we head to the Savannah Music Festival for a “Piano Showdown” with NEA Jazz Master Dick Hyman, Gerald Clayton, Marcus Roberts, and Henry Butler.

Tuesday, March 30

It’s soul jazz guitar tonight on the Night Train as we mark birthdays of Dave Stryker (as a leader, with Stanley Turrentine, and in the Stryker/Slagle Band) and Spanish guitarist Ximo Tebar (with a classic soul jazz lineup of Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lou Donaldson, ad Idris Muhammad). The Women’s History Month feature continues with contemporary soul jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga, bassist Jen Hodge, and vocalists Dominique Eade and Shawnn Monteiro. And we’ll hear the latest from pianist Eric Reed, the 14 Jazz Orchestra, guitarist Larry Newcomb, and the Le Coq All Stars.

Wednesday, March 31

Night Train wraps up the Women’s History Month feature with two special programs. In hour one, Jazz Women of the ‘80s, we’ll hear music from pianist Geri Allen, singer Cassandra Wilson, drummer and 2021 NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington, guitarist Emily Remler, and saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, as well as recordings from women who were already jazz veterans, including Marian McPartland, Carla Bley, and Joanne Brackeen. Then in hour two, Jazz Women of the ‘90s, we’ll hear artists who rose to prominence during the decade, like Renee Rosnes and Diana Krall, and veteran players who returned to center stage, including Shirley Horn, Abbey Lincoln, and Betty Carter.

Thursday, April 1

Night Train begins a new month’s feature with music from jazz siblings and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of International Jazz Day. We’ll hear music from the Montgomery Brothers (Wes, Buddy and Monk) and the Clayton Brothers (Jeff and John – also featured in a Savannah Music Festival concert in hour two) – and from Herbie Hancock, who has been a key figure in Jazz Day since its inception. Also tonight – new music from Yoko Miwa, Henry Robinett, and Leon Lee Dorsey.

Monday, March 22

It’s a soulful night on the Night Train as the show marks birthdays of guitarists George Benson and Melvin Sparks. We’ll hear Benson as a leader and with Miles Davis and Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Sparks from his own releases and along with Papa John DeFrancesco and Hank Crawford. The Women’s History Month feature continues with selections from the Brianna Thomas Band, the Firm Roots duo with Lara Driscoll, baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, and vocalist Lizz Wright. And there’s new music from Edward Simon, Henry Robinett, Joe Chambers, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, and Cory Weeds.

Tuesday, March 23

Good vibes tonight on the Night Train with birthday salutes to vibes players Stefon Harris (featured in a special in hour two) and Dave Pike. We’ll also hear music from pianist and songwriter Dave Frishberg (also born on this date), Blossom Dearie and Jazzmeia Horn (for the March Women’s History Month feature), and new titles from Joe Farnsworth, Chris Rottmayer, and Hendrik Meurkens.

Wednesday, March 24

In conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature, Night Train marks the birthday of pianist, composer, and producer Renee Rosnes with music from the supergroup Artemis and in a concert special in hour two of pianist Bill Charlap, along with music from pianist Dena DeRose and violinist Regina Carter. There’s also music from saxophonist Sherman Irby (featured guest on a new album from Latin jazz giant Papo Vazquez) and pianist Steve Kuhn- both born on this date, and new titles from saxophonist Bobby Watson and guitarist Nelson Riveros (with a Latin jazz take on Wes Montgomery).

Thursday, March 25

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train include pianist Makoto Ozone, Shadowfax member Chuck Greenberg, drummer Paul Motian (as part of the legendary Bill Evans Trio), Latin music giant Johnny Pacheco (with George Benson and McCoy Tyner), and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (including early jazz recordings in hour one and a special tribute in hour two of the show) – along with new music from guitarist Charlie Apicella and the long-running saxophone quartet, the Tiptons.

Monday, March 22

Global Village highlights female artists from Asia this time, including Chinese pipa player and Silk Road Ensemble member Wu Man, Chinese pipa player and music educator Gao Hong, Vietnamese singer Huong Thanh, and from Central Asia, Yulduz Usmanova. Plus some different approaches to Indian and Middle Eastern music from Trilok Gurtu, Nordic Raga, and the Modus Quartet.

Tuesday, March 23

Global Village marks birthdays of singer Chaka Khan, Latin jazz vibes player Dave Pike, and keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Damon Albarn (with Blur, Tony Allen, and Amadou & Mariam). We also remember one of the great singers of Senegal, Thione Seck, who passed away recently, and highlight new releases from Komasi, Choro de Rua, and Fely Tchaco.

Wednesday, March 24

Global Village travels the globe for a fascinating array of guitar artists and styles this time, including great Nigerian guitar bands led by Prince Nico and King Sunny Ade, Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya with a tribute to Hawaiian guitarist Tau Moe, flamenco guitarist Jose ‘El Piru’ with French cellist Matthieu Saglio, Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos, and three great players collectively known as the Malagasy Guitar Masters.

Thursday, March 25

Global Village remembers Johnny Pacheco, who passed away in February. in this special edition of the show for his birthday. We’ll hear the legendary singer, songwriter, producer, band leader, multi-instrumentalist, and co-founder of the pioneering salsa label, Fania Records, from his first single to classic tracks he did with the Fania All-Stars, Celia Cruz, Pete Rodriguez, David Byrne, and more.

Friday, March 26

Global Village highlights music from Turkey this time, including traditional music from the Music of Turkey compilation, the meeting of Turkish and other musical forms on Baul Meets Saz and from Coşkun Karademir, some classic and contemporary Anatolian psychedelic rock from the pioneering Cem Karaca to modern artist Umut Adan, and as we continue the Women’s history month feature, we’ll hear from London-based Turkish singer-songwriter Olcay Bayir, and Turkish rocker Gaye Su Akyol.

Friday, March 26 and Sunday, March 28

Crossroads wraps up the March Women in Blues feature with selections from Koko Taylor, Candye Kane, Diunna Greenleaf, and more.

We also mark the birthday of Memphis R&B legend Rufus Thomas, with hits and rarities from across his career in hour one and a special with his daughter Carla Thomas in hour two of the show.

Friday, March 19, and Sunday March 21

Crossroads continues the March Women's History Month Feature with music from three artists born on March 20th - Gulf Coast blues piano favorite Marcia Ball, the Queen of New Orleans Blues Marva Wright, and gospel guitar great Sister Rosetta Tharpe (also featured in a special in hour two of the show).

And because no good holiday should go to waste, Crossroads celebrates National Poultry Day (March 19th) with some Grade A cuts from Little Feat, the Rolling Stones, Lloyd Jones, Louis Jordan, Jimmy Smith, Chickenbone Slim, and Super Chikan to mark the occasion.

Monday, March 15

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonists Bob Wilber and Charles Lloyd (including a special in hour two featuring Lloyd and two other Memphis jazz greats – George Coleman and Harold Mabern). Plus music from Roseanna Vitro and Deborah Brown for the March Women’s History Month feature, and new albums from Dave Stryker, Redman-Mehldau-McBride-Blade, and New Orleans High Society.

Tuesday, March 16

A special edition of Night Train to celebrate the birthday of one of the great poets of the jazz piano - Tommy Flanagan. We’ll hear music from his early days in Detroit through his later acclaimed work as a leader, including a performance done to mark his Jazzpar Prize and one of his Grammy-nominated recordings. Flanagan also had a prolific early career as a sideman and we’ll hear him with Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, and, in his most famous sideman role of all – as pianist and musical director for Ella Fitzgerald. Hour two of the show features a Jazz Profiles special documenting Flanagan’s life and career.

Wednesday, March 17

Night Train marks birthdays of pianists Jessica Williams and Nat ‘King’ Cole (including a special in hour two showcasing the peak years of the Trio, just as Cole was about to emerge as a major star). Night Train also continues the March Women’s History Month feature with selections from Latin jazz violinist Susie Hansen and pianist Lara Driscoll. And the latest releases from Walter White, Louden Wainwright III, and the Russell Ferrante Trio.

Thursday, March 18

Night Train continues the Women’s History Month feature with music from organist Akiko Tsuruga and Kansas City singer Angela Hagenbach; marks birthdays of steel drum player Andy Narell, vibes player Joe Locke, and guitarist Bill Frisell (with his latest album and in a Savannah Music Festival concert special in hour two); and highlights new albums from guitarists Roni Ben-Hur and Steve Cardenas.

Monday, March 15

Shakespeare taught us to beware the Ides of March, but for Global Village it’s a happy excuse to explore music from Italy – including a project that reimagined the music of Ancient Rome, leading traditional and neo-traditional groups like Officina Zoe, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, and Banda Ionica, and the great Italian neo-folk accordionist, Riccardo Tesi , both with his Banditaliana group and as part of a world accordion group, Samurai Accordion.

Tuesday, March 16

Global Village features music this time from Ebo Taylor and Pat Thomas -  two stars of Ghanaian music whose careers at one point intertwined, who both drew on highlife and afrobeat influences, and who both later in their lives and careers found new international success.  Among other selections, we’ll hear some of their early work together, Taylor’s breakthrough international release Love and Death, and the funky collaboration between Thomas and the band Marijata.

Wednesday, March 17

Global Village celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a wide array of Irish sounds, traditional to contemporary, classic recordings and more recent releases. Among the artists featured: Lunasa, Kila, the Chieftains, Afro Celt Sound System, Sharon Shannon, and Altan.

Thursday, March 18

Global Village continues the March Women’s History Month feature in a program devoted to Latinas in world music. We’ll hear the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, Angelique Kidjo (in a tribute to Cruz) and Aymee Nuviola (who played Cruz in a telenovela), also Peru’s Susana Baca, Colombia’s Toto La Momposina, Canadian-Cuban duo Okan, Mexican-American artist Lila Downs, Austin’s Carrie Rodriguez, and more.

Friday, March 19

In conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature, Global Village marks the birthday of Brazilian pianist, singer, and composer Eliane Elias, along with music from other great Brazilian women in music – from legends like Elis Regina, Clara Nunes and Gal Costa, to contemporary stars including Ceu and Bebel Gilberto.

Monday, March 8

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate International Women’s Day with a program devote to women in jazz. We’ll hear recent albums from vocalists Laruen Henderson and Andy James, trombonist Audrey Ochoa, and pianist Lisa Hilton. We’ll also mark some jazz birthdays by featuring those artists in projects they did with women – including George Coleman (here with Nina Simone and Roseanna Vitro), Billy Childs (with Alicia Olatuja), Dick Hyman (with Rosemary Clooney) and James Williams (with Karrin Allyson). And in hour two it’s a Women’s History Month Special featuring Lil Harden Armstrong, Mary Lou Williams, Marian McPartland and more.

Tuesday, March 9

In conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature, Night Train highlights contemporary and classic female jazz singers tonight. We’ll hear Billie Holiday, Stacey Kent, Dianne Reeves, Jazzmeia Horn, Tierney Sutton, Dinah Washington, and Blossom Dearie. We’ll also hear several female instrumentalists as well, including  music from pianists Marian McPartland and Leslie Pintchik, and organist Akiko Tsuruga.

Wednesday, March 10

In conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature, Night Train highlights music from all-women jazz lineups. We’ll hear pioneering recordings from the International Sweethearts of Rhythm and Mary Lou Williams’ Girl Stars, along with such contemporary ensembles as Lioness, Artemis, the Ellen Rowe Octet, Monika Herzig’s Sheroes, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, the Diva Jazz Orchestra, and the 3D Jazz Trio. We’ll also hear a classic early Chick Corea/Return to Forever track featuring Flora Purim, and new releases from the Uptown Jazz Tent, Larry Newcomb Quartet, saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith, trombonist Noah Bless, and guitarist Lee Ritenour with his first ever solo recording.

Thursday, March 11

Night Train continues the Women’s History Month feature with the latest releases from pianists Yoko Miwa and Miki Yamanaka, and Maria Schneider (from her Grammy-nominated Data Lords release), along with vocalists Betty Carter and (for her birthday today) Judy Niemack. Night Train also marks the centennial birthday of new tango legend Astor Piazzolla (with a tribute from Gary Burton), and the birthday of vocalist Bobby McFerrin (featured in a special in hour two of the show).

Monday, March 8

Global Village celebrates International Women’s Day with music from female artists from around the world – including Cape Verde’s barefoot diva Cesaria Evora, the Queen of Salsa  Celia Cruz, Mali’s acclaimed Oumou Sangare, fado star Mariza, African vocal group Zap Mama, and rock icon Marianne Faithfull.

The Women's Day special continues tonight on Strange Currency and Night Train.

Tuesday, March 9

Global Village marks the birthday of acclaimed Indian tabla player, composer, and educator Zakir Hussain. We’ll hear the NEA Heritage Fellow in a number of cross cultural projects – with jazz artists John McLaughlin and Charles Lloyd; with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart (including on the release that won the first Grammy for Best World Music Album);  with contemporary classical ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, and Chinese pipa player Wu Man; as part of a trio with Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer; and finally with his father, Alla Rahka, another legendary table player known for his work with Ravi Shankar.

Wednesday, March 10

Global Village celebrates International Bagpipe Day with a wide array of different bagpipe sounds from Scotland, Spain, Portugal, Finland and more. We’ll hear Galician pipers Cristina Pato and Carlos Nunez, Portuguese pipes from Gaiteiros de Lisboa and Seiva, Scottish groups the Tannahill Weavers, Wolfstone and Braebach, Finland’s Pare, and (of course) jazz bagpiper Rufus Harley.

Thursday, March 11

Global Village marks birthdays of new tango creator Astor Piazzolla (with performances of his compositions from him, the Nahui Cuarteto de Saxofones, and Al DiMeola), vocalist Bobby McFerrin (with Chick Corea), and the great Norteño accordionist Flaco Jimenez. We continue the March Women in World Music feature with music from Guinea’s Sona Diabate and Zanzibar’s Shakila. And there’s new music from the Danish-Malian band Faratuben, and the Catalan folk duo of Cati Plana and Pau Puig.

Friday, March 12

In conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature, Global Village highlights women in reggae in this show. We’ll hear music from Millie Small’s groundbreaking ‘60s hit to the latest from Jah9, one of today’s top roots reggae revivalists, with stops along the way for music from Rita Marley, Marcia Griffiths and Judy Mowatt (in solo projects from those I-Three members), Carlene Davis, Hortense Ellis, and Sandra Cross. We also remember two great Jamaican artists who recently passed away – original Wailer and reggae legend Bunny Wailer, and pioneering toaster and rap precursor, U Roy.

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