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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  1.   Shemekia Copeland – America’s Child (Alligator)
  2. Bruce Katz Band – Get Your Groove! (American Showplace Music)
  3. Boz Scaggs – Out of the Blues (Concord)
  4. Various Artists – Tribute: Delmark’s 65th Anniversary (Delmark)
  5. Joe Bonamassa – British Blues Explosion Live (J&R Adventures)
  6. Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive and Well (Silvertone/RCA)
  7. Deb Ryder – Enjoy the Ride (Vizztone)
  8. Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio – Something Smells Funny ‘Round Here (Alligator)
  9. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Run to Me (Gypsy Soul)
  10. Bob Corritore & Friends – Don’t Let the Devil Ride! (Vizztone)

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  1. Various Artists – This is Trojan Boss Reggae (Trojan)
  2. Various Artists – This is Trojan Rock Steady (Trojan)
  3. Various Artists – This is Trojan Dub (Trojan)
  4. Various Artists – Ska & Reggae Classics (Trojan)
  5. Various Artists – This is Trojan Roots (Trojan)
  6. Cesare dell’Anna & GiroiBanda – Guerra (11/1)
  7. Amsterdam Klezmer Band & Sondorgo – Szikra (Vetnasj)
  8. RAM – RAM 7: August 1791 (Willibelle)
  9. Red Barat – Sound the People (Rhyme & Reason)
  10. Kabaka Pyramid – Kontraband (Kabaka Pyramid)

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  1. Bill Anschell – Shifting Standards (Origin)
  2. Eddie Palmieri – Full Circle (Uprising/Ropeadope)
  3. Allan Harris – The Genius of Eddie Jefferson (Resilience)
  4. Erroll Garner – Nightconcert (Mack Avenue)
  5. Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads the Constitution (Nonesuch)
  6. Jared Gold – Reemergence (Strikezone)
  7. Jerry Vivino – Coast to Coast (Vivino Music/BluJazz)
  8. Amy Cervini – No One Ever Tells You (Anzic)
  9. Ellis Marsalis Quartet – Plays the Music of Ellis Marsalis (ELM)
  10. Bobby Sanabria – West Side Story Reimagined (Jazzheads)

KMUW Music has been hard at work to bring you 5 hours of music on Labor Day, September 3. Tune in from 7 p.m. to midnight as Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train team up to celebrate with an evening of specials.

Monday 8.27.18

Night Train begins a week-long tribute to influential jazz bongo player Jack Costanzo, who passed away last week, and throughout the week, the show also features a series of new albums featuring the organ, including tonight from Ben Paterson. Plus more for the August Four Centennials feature, this time from Ike Quebec; birthday salutes to Kansas City’s Danny Embry, guitarist Rez Abbasi, tenor great Lester Young, and also organ and harp player Alice Coltrane (including a special exploring her musical career in hour two of the show).

Tuesday 8.28.18

Tonight on the Night Train more music from Jack Costanzo, this time with Nat King Cole, as we pay tribute all week to the pioneering bongo player who passed away last week. Plus more in our week-long survey of new jazz albums featuring the organ (tonight from Tim Warfield with Pat Bianchi, and Trinom3). And we’ll mark birthdays of organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Nate Najar, flugelhorn player Mike Metheny (we’ll hear him with brother Pat), and singer Cecile McLorin Salvant (including a concert special featuring her at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show).

Wednesday 8.29.18

Night Train celebrates birthdays of German pianist and composer Florian Hoefner, singer Dinah Washington (with music from a tribute album Aretha Franklin did), and jazz legend Charlie Parker (including Bird compositions performed by August featured artist Eddie Jefferson, guitarist Grant Green and pianist Hank Jones, and a special about Parker in hour two of the show). Plus more new jazz organ albums and the tribute this week to percussionist Jack Costanzo continues with music he did with the Lighthouse All-Stars.

Thursday 8.30.18

Night Train wraps up the August feature celebrating centennial birthdays of Eddie Jefferson, Arnett Cobb, Ike Quebec and Jimmy Rowles – and its week-long tribute to percussionist Jack Costanzo, who passed away last week. Plus birthday salutes to singer Jewel Brown (who worked with Arnett Cobb) and trumpeter Kenny Dorham (including a special in hour two devoted to Dorham and some other hard bop trumpet masters) – and new music from organist Jared Gold, singer Allan Harris, and bassist Buster Williams.

August 31/September 2

Crossroads wraps up the August Blues Rock feature with music from Peter Green, Chicken Shack, Robert Plant, and in hour two, a Tedeschi Trucks concert special.

Plus a birthday salute to Van Morrison, and new music from Boz Scaggs, the Bruce Katz Band, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar and Tribute – a celebration of  Delmark Records 65th anniversary.

Claudia Kempf

Monday, August 27

The final Monday of every month, we offer 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 each spring in Savannah, Georgia. This time it’s mandolin master Mike Marshall and Choro Famoso. In a several decade career, Marshall’s work has spanned bluegrass, Americana, classical, jazz, and here with Choro Famoso, the lively and influential sound of Brazilian choro, whose roots go back to the late 19th century and whose influence continues up to the present day.

Tuesday, August 28

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Joseph Shabalala, the founder and director of the acclaimed South Africa vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. We also pay tribute to two artists who passed away last week, Malian singer Khaira Arby and bongo pioneer Jack Costanzo; and there’s more music from the Trojan label for the August 50th Anniversary feature – this time from the Ethiopians and Phyllis Dillon.

Wednesday, August 29

Global Village highlights some contemporary sounds from Indian musicians or inspired by Indian music. We begin (as all endeavors should) with a salute to Ganesh from TriBeCaStan, and continue with the Indian-inspired Subcontinental Drift album from Canada’s Sultans of String, acclaimed sarod player and composer Amjad Ali Khan, contemporary singer Manek-E  and a collaboration between Indian sitarist Shujaat Husain Khan and Iranian singer Katayoun Goudarzi.  We’ll also get to some music from Dan Hicks, John Martyn, and Earth Wind & Fire.

Thursday, August 30

Global Village wraps up the August feature celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the U.K.-based Trojan Records with a few more classics from the label, including some early Jamaican Blue Beat from Laurel Aitken, the original version of “The Tide is High” from the Paragons, one of  the label’s first hits from the Harry J. All Stars, and some pioneering dub tracks as well. There’s also new music from Angelique Kidjo (her reworking of the Talking Heads album, Remain in Light), Cumbia Chicharra from Marseilles, roots reggae revivalist Kabaka Pyramid, and the latest Playing for Change project.

Friday, August 31

Global Village celebrates Independence Day of Trinidad and Tobago. The twin island nation has a rich musical culture, famed for its calypso, soca (a modernized form of calypso) and steel drum music. Some great performers and recordings, along with some different approaches to the sounds of the country are featured in this Independence Day special – including music from the Mighty Sparrow, Lord Kitchener, David Rudder, Calypso Rose, Andy Narell…and Maya Angelou!

Monday 8.20.18

Night Train remembers the rich legacy of Aretha Franklin tonight. We’ll hear some of the jazz work that she did, including a Billie Holiday song and music from an album she did with jazz pianist Ray Bryant, in the first hour – and then it’s a Sound Opinions special in hour two, surveying Franklin’s life, music and legacy.  Night Train also begins a week-long salute to composer, conductor, arranger and musician Leonard Bernstein for his centennial birthday Saturday – and we mark birthday tonight of John Clayton, Enrico Rava, and Jack Teagarden.

Tuesday 8.21.18

Night Train marks the birthday of Kansas City legend Count Basie with music he did with Oscar Peterson and the Kansas City 3, along with a Jazz Profiles Special in hour two of the show. It’s also the birthday of drummer Leon Parker and trumpeter Art Farmer, and Night Train continues the week-long salute to Leonard Bernstein for his centennial birthday Saturday with music from brilliant re-working of the music of West Side Story from Dave Liebman and Gil Goldstein, and one of his classics performed by Aretha Franklin. We’ll also get to some new music from the Rob Dixon trio, Amy Cervini, and the Ellis Marsalis Quintet.

Wednesday 8.22.18

Night Train continues the August Four Centennials feature with music from all four artists – Arnett Cobb, Eddie Jefferson (including music from a new album in tribute to him from Allan Harris and the Manhattan Transfer album that was dedicated to him), Jimmy Rowles (in a rare celesta performance with Billie Holiday), and Ike Quebec (with Grant Green). We also continue our week-long celebration of the Leonard Bernstein centennial with new albums featuring his compositions from Kurt Elling and Bobby Sanabria.

Thursday 8.23.18

Night Train wraps up a week-long celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s centennial birthday Saturday with jazz reinterpretations of his music from Bobby Sanabria, Nick Finzer, Bill Charlap, Bill Anschell and Blossom Dearie, and a special in hour two exploring West Side Story and a variety of approaches to its music. Plus birthday salutes to pianist Brad Mehldau and Kansas City saxophonist Bobby Watson.

Monday, August 20

Today is Robert Plant’s 70th birthday and Global Village celebrates with the world music side of his music with Led Zeppelin, as a solo artist, as a guest (with Afro Celt Sound System) and in covers from Dread Zeppelin, the Tuvan group Yat-Kha, the Pedrito Martinez Group, and Nguyen Le.

Tuesday, August 21

This time in the Global Village we journey to the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar, Zanzibar, Seychelles, Comoros and more. We’ll hear from the Culture Musical Club of Zanzibar (with special guest Taj Mahal), Réunion’s Claude Vihn-San, Madagascar’s Zeze, the Seychelles All Stars and, from Comoros, multi-instrumentalist and singer Nawal.

Wednesday, August 22

It’s global horns and reeds this time in the Global Village, as we highlight artists and bands from around the world that feature those instruments. We’ll dip into one of the recent Trojan Records 50th anniversary compilations (for our August feature) for music from saxophonist and Skatalites co-founder Tommy McCook; explore some Italian banda (including the impressive new album from Cesare dell’Anna & GiroiBanda); get to new music from Haitian band RAM; hear Nubian master Ali Hassan Kuban; dip into the recent Hugh Masekela compilation ’66-’76; and check out an exciting new collaboration between the Amsterdam Klezmer Band and Hungary’s Sondorgo.

Thursday, August 23

Global Village marks the birthday of contemporary English folk favorite Eliza Carthy with music from collaborations she did with fiddler Nancy Kerr, and with her parents, Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson. Plus more music for the August Trojan Records 50th Anniversary feature, this time from Dennis Brown and the Melodians, and new music from Malian star Fatoumata Diawara, the Malagasy Guitar Masters, Finnish harmonica group Svang, and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita with classical harpist Catrin Finch.

Friday, August 24

It’s an eruption of music for Vesuvius Day this time in the Global Village – marking the date in the year 79 CE when Mount Vesuvius exploded and destroyed Pompeii. There’s (imagined) music from ancient Rome, neo-folk bands from Italy, and some thematic songs from other places to mark the occasion, from Riccardo Tesi, Stefan Grossman with John Renbourn, Susana Baca, the B-52s, and more.

August 24/26

Crossroads continues the August Blues Rock feature with more classic blues rock sounds and a concert special featuring Savoy Brown in hour two of the show.

We also remember the legendary Aretha Franklin, mark birthdays of blues rock pioneer Arthur Crudup and blues shouter Wynonie Harris, preview blues concerts for the coming week, and highlight the latest in new blues releases.