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

Friday, March 12, and Sunday, March 14

In conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature and in honor of Leonard Chess’s birthday, Crossroads features the Women of Chess Records. We’ll hear selections from Koko Taylor, Etta James, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Laura Lee and Fontella Bass – all of whom had major hits on Chess or its subsidiaries, along with rare tracks that Memphis Minnie and Irma Thomas did for the label. And in hour two, it’s a special concert and interview with the late, great “Queen of the Blues,” Koko Taylor.

Crossroads also marks the birthday of soul-jazz organ great Shirley Scott, and showcases the latest releases from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Joyann Parker, and Nora Jean Wallace.

Monday, March 1

It’s a Chopin birthday celebration tonight on the Night Train, with jazz reinterpretations of Chopin works from Chick Corea’s last album, pianist Chucho Valdes, and baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan in hour one, and a special in hour two devoted to Chopin jazz in a performance from singer Grazyna Auguscik and pianist Ben Lewis. Night Train also marks birthdays of bassists Carles Benevent (also with Chick Corea) and Nilson Matta, and guitarist Ralph Towner – and the latest recordings from Keith Jarrett, New Faces, Nelson Riveros, and Conrad Herwig.

Tuesday, March 2

Night Train continues the March Women’s History Month with performances from women artists doing birthday related performances. We mark the birthday of composer Kurt Weill with performances of his songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson, of drummer Clarence Penn (on an album he did with singer Luciana Souza), and soul jazz tenor saxophonist Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (in projects he did with organist Shirley Scott). We’ll also hear new music from pianists George Kahn and Monty Alexander, and saxophonist Cory Weeds, and we continue our on-going remembrance of Chick Corea with music he did early in his career with Cal Tjader.

Wednesday, March 3

Night Train features jazz legends tonight. We’ll hear the debut albums from Elvin Jones, Shelia Jordan and Nina Simone, along with selections from Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins with John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Betty Carter, and the Triple Treat lineup of Monty Alexander, Ray Brown and Herb Ellis.

Thursday, March 4

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Jason Marsalis (including a special performance in hour two with the Marcus Roberts Trio with special guest Bela Fleck), world chamber jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek, and Vivaldi (with a jazz reinterpretation from the Jacques Loussier Trio). There’s also new music from the 14 Jazz Orchestra and guitarist Diego Figueiredo.

Friday, March 5 and Sunday, March 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 tiJorme:

The latest from soul jazz veteran Curtis Salgado

A new acoustic set from guitarists Jorma Kaukonen and John Hurlbut

And as Crossroads kicks of the Women’s History Month feature, we’ll hear new releases from Ally Veneble, Ghalia Volt, Misty Blues (led by singer, songwriter, and cigar box guitar player Gina Coleman), Skylar Rogers, Veronica Lewis, Kat Danser, and Kirsten Thien.

Monday, March 1

Global Village remembers salsa legend Johnny Pacheco (here with the Fania All Stars) and pioneering Jamaican toaster U Roy (with one of his early classics this time). The March Women’s History Month feature begins with new music from Cape Verdean rising star Elida Almeida. And we note several world birthdays this time including singer and activist Harry Belafonte, roots reggae great Burning Spear, Brazilian bassist Nilson Matta, Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, and world chamber jazz guitarist Ralph Towner.

Tuesday, March 2

In conjunction with the Women’s History Month feature, Global Village devotes this program to women of Africa, including South African artists Miriam Makeba, the Dark City Sisters and Lorraine Klaasen (in a tribute to Makeba); Mali’s Oumou Sangare and Rokia Traore, along with a track from Les Amazones d’Afrique featuring two singers from Mali; Benin’s Angelique Kidjo; Liberian singer Sia Tolno; and a rare female group from Nigeria, the Lijadu Sisters.

Wednesday, March 3

Global Village highlights some new New Euro Folk this time, including several women artists for the March Women’s History Month feature - including fado star Mariza, singer-songwriter Lula Pena, and Italian singer Maria Mazzotta with Albanian cellist Redi Hasa. Plus Portuguese Guitar player Custodio Castelo, concertina quartet Danças Ocultas, Italian neo-folk group Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Spanish guitarist Pipo Romero, and the Breton group ‘Ndiaz.

Thursday, March 4

In conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature, Global Village marks the birthday of South African great Miriam Makeba, highlights music from Norwegian folklorist Agnes Buen Garnas (with world chamber jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek, also born on this date), the ‘Queen of Salsa’ Celia Cruz (with Johnny Pacheco), and new music from Canadian-Malian artist Djely Tapa, the Star Feminine Band from Benin, and the singer Malika (from the new Zanzibara Volume 10 compilation of modern taraab music).

Friday, March 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.  Among the highlights this time:

A fresh take on Neapolitan music from LaLaLa Napoli

The fifth album from South African vocal group Afrika Mamas

South Pacific island sounds from the South Pasifika Sound Project

A different approach to traditional Japanese music from guitarist Yukihiro Atsumi

The return of Malian guitarist Anansy Cisse

And a new double album from Afrobeat star Femi Kuti and his son Made Kuti

  1. Raul Monsalve y Los Forajidos – Bichos (Olinda)

  2. Various Artists – Putumayo Presents New Orleans Mambo (Putumayo)
  3. Etienne de la Sayette – Kobugi (Muju)
  4. Kosmo Sound – Antenna (Zephyrus)
  5. Azmari – Sama’I (SDban)
  6. Various artists – Zanzibara Volume 10 (Buda Musique)
  7. Vaev – Vaev (Go Danish Folk Music)
  8. Nation Beat – The Royal Chase (Nation Beat Music)
  9. Okan – Espiral (Lulaworld)
  10. Vusi Mahlasela – Shebeen Queen (ATO)

  1. Monty Alexander – Love You Madly (Resonance)
  2. Eddie Henderson – Shuffle and Deal (Smoke Sessions)
  3. Bobby Watson – Keepin’ It Real (Smoke Sessions)
  4. Artemis – Artemis (Blue Note)
  5. Peter Bernstein – What Comes Next (Smoke Sessions)
  6. Claire Daly – Rah! Rah! (Ride Symbol)
  7. Javon Jackson – Déjà vu ( Solid Jackson)
  8. Richard Baratta – Music in Film: The Reel Deal (Savant)
  9. Leon Lee Dorsey – Thank You Mr. Mabern (Jazz Avenue)
  10. Hendrik Meurkins – Manhattan Samba (Height Advantage)

  1. Sugar Ray & the Bluetones – Too Far from the Bar (Severn)
  2. Sonny Green - Found! One Soul Singer (Little Village Foundation)
  3. Nora Jean Wallace – Blues Woman (Severn)
  4. Dave Alvin – From an Old Guitar (Yep Roc)
  5. The Wildroots – Wildroots Sessions Vol. 1 (Wildroots)
  6. Various Artists – Miami, Atlanta & the South Eastern States (WienerWorld)
  7. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – Just Dropped in…(Daptone)
  8. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Straight to You Live (Mascot)
  9. Eric Johanson – Below Sea Level (NOLA Blue)
  10. Dave Keller -You Get What You Give (Tastee Tone)

Friday, February 26 and Sunday, February 28

Crossroads wraps up February features of Maple Blues Awards nominees and winners (including JW-Jones, Colin Linden, Lindsay Beaver, and Steve Marriner), Blues Music Awards nominees (Savoy Brown, Sonny Green, Andrew Alli, and Walter Trout), and music of the Crescent City – this time joining in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday of New Orleans legend Fats Domino. We’ll hear some Domino classics and a cover of one of his songs by Dr. John in hour one, and a Fats Domino special in hour two. Crossroads also marks the birthday of talented Chicago bluesman Jimmy Burns in this edition of the show.

Monday, February 22

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 February Global Village has been featuring music of New Orleans, and our featured artist for this edition of the show is one of the city’s finest drummers, Herlin Riley. His credits include work with Ahmad Jamal, Wynton Marsalis, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, along with scores of guest appearances with a wide range of artists. He has also released several albums under his own name and appears here with his own quintet for a rousing and varied set steeped in the rhythms and influences of the Crescent City.

Tuesday, February 23

Global Village highlights Latin Jazz in this visit, including the pioneering work of Machito along with contemporary artists like pianists Eliane Elias and Hilario Duran, flutist Nestor Torres, violinist Federico Britos, and guitarists Pipo Romero, Paco de Lucia, Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin together as the Guitar Trio, and Steve Khan.

Wednesday, February 24

Global Village remembers legendary pianist Chick Corea with a special program devoted to the world music side of his work. We’ll hear Spanish and Brazilian influenced music he did on his own albums and with flamenco guitar great Paco de Lucia and banjo master Bela Fleck. Plus early work he did with West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader, and covers of his world-influenced compositions by Al DiMeola, and pianist Michel Camilo with flamenco guitarist Tomatito.

Thursday, February 25

Global Village remembers George Harrison on his birthday with music he did with the Beatles, on solo albums, and as a guest artist with Ravi Shankar - plus covers of his songs from BeatleJazz, Soulive, the Easy Star All Stars, the Skatalites, Larry Coryell and more.

Friday, February 26

Global Village wraps up the February New Orleans feature with a birthday bash for Fats Domino. Along with some of his classics, we’ll hear Crescent City sounds from Nation Best, the Neville Brothers, and Kermit Ruffins. We’ll also mark the birthday of musician, producer, and former Killing Joke member Jaz Coleman with a project he did with Anne Dudley in tribute to the city of Cairo; highlight the latest from Raul Monsalve, Etienne de la Sayette, and a 20th anniversary release from punky Balkan band Besh o droM; and remember salsa great Johnny Pacheco.

Monday, February 22

Night Train pays tribute to musician, composer, arranger, band leader and Fania Records co-founder Johnny Pacheco with guest appearances he made with jazz artists McCoy Tyner, Erroll Garner, Herbie Mann, Shirley Scott, and George Benson. We also remember Chick Corea with a selection from a recent reunion album he did with drummer Steve Gadd and with one of his compositions performed by Trio da Paz. Night Train also marks birthdays of Texas Tenor Buddy Tate, and trumpeter and NEA Jazz Master Joe Wilder; highlights new music from Eddie Henderson, Charlie Apicella, Hendrik Meurkens, and Monty Alexander; and continues the February New Orleans feature with music from Kermit Ruffins, James Andrews, and Poncho Sanchez.

Tuesday, February 23

Not quite 76, but still lots of trombones tonight on the Night Train – including the Crescent City’s Delfeayo Marsalis, trombone pioneer J.J. Johnson, the eclectic Roswell Rudd (both with Steve Lacy and from his own album Trombone for Lovers), veteran Curtis Fuller, the Latin Jazz side Conrad Herwig, and modern master Wycliffe Gordon.

Wednesday, February 24

Lots of Ray Charles related music tonight on the Night Train with covers of his famous songs from Amy Cervini and the Flying Horse Big Band (from their new Charles tribute album), a composition from New Orleans clarinetist and jazz educator Alvin Batiste inspired by the interstitial music played during Charles’s performances, and most especially, to mark the birthday of one of the great musicians to come out of his bands, music and a special in hour two with saxophonist David ‘Fathead’ Newman. Also birthday salutes to Michel LeGrand and Papo Vasquez, and new music from Doug Webb and Lisa Hilton.

Thursday, February 25

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to mark the birthday of George Harrison. We’ll hear Harrison and other Beatles covers in hour one from guitarists Steve Kahn, Anthony Wilson and John Scofield, Chick Corea with Gary Burton, Joel Harrison, Organissimo, and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones in hour one, and a Beatles Jazz Songbook special in hour two of the show.