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.

Ways to Connect

Robert Plant turns 70 on Monday, August 20, and Global Village and Strange Currency are teaming up to celebrate. Tune in from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for three hours of music from Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin and other Plant projects, and notable covers. 

Monday 8.13.18

Lots of great jazz piano tonight on the Night Train as we mark birthdays of George Shearing and Mulgrew Miller, and get to new releases from pianists Eliane Elias, Michika Fukumori, Lynne Arriale, Erroll Garner, Bill Anschell, and Brad Mehldau. We’ll also hear from pianist Jimmy Rowles, one of four musicians we’re featuring this month for their centennial birthdays, and from South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, who was just named a 2019 NEA Jazz Master.

Tuesday 8.14.18

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Lorez Alexandria and singer/pianists Ben Sidran and Jeannie Cheatham tonight. Plus more for our centennial birthdays feature – this time from pianist Jimmy Rowles (with guitarist Barney Kessel and saxophonists Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster), vocalese pioneer Eddie Jefferson, and Texas tenor Arnett Cobb. New release tonight include Peter Erskine & the Dr. Um Band, Karrin Allyson, Eddie Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Kurt Elling and Jared Gold.

Wednesday 8.15.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Stix Hooper of the Crusaders and jazz piano great Oscar Peterson (featured in a special in hour two of the show). The August Four Centennials Feature continues, this time with music from Arnett Cobb, and there’s new music from Latin jazz ensemble Tribu, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, and soul jazz organist Radam Schwartz.

Thursday 8.16.18

Night Train features music from pianists Bill Evans (featured in a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show) and Mal Waldron, singer Mary Stallings and drummer/producer Cecil Brooks III, all born on this date – along with more in the August Four Centennials Feature, this time from Jimmy Rowles and Eddie Jefferson.

Monday, August 13

It’s a kora extravaganza this time in the Global Village with a wide array of artists and styles of music that incorporate the exquisite, harp-like traditional instrument of West Africa. Among the artists featured: kora great Toumani Diabate, electric kora players Seckou Kouyate and Dawda Jobarteh, Foday Musa Suso with contemporary classic ensemble Kronos Quartet, Seckou Keita in imaginative pairings with harp player Catrin Finch and Latin jazz pianist Omar Sosa, the Kora Band jazz ensemble, and guitarist Derek Gripper’s impressive re-imagination of the kora on six strings.

Tuesday, August 14

Global Village pays a visit to Morocco, with music from the traditional to the contemporary. Among the highlights are selections from Aziz Sahmaoui, Titi Robin with Medhi Nassouli, Hassan Hakmoun, and two jazz artists inspired by Moroccan Gnawa music, Randy Weston and Archie Shepp.

Wednesday, August 15

Global Village marks Indian Independence Day with new releases featuring Indian artists. We’ll hear music from new Rough Guide compilations featuring Indian master musicians Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, and Zakir Hussain,  along with the latest from contemporary artists Sameer Gupta, Kiran Ahluwalia, Anandi Bhattacharya, Bombay Rickey and Red Baraat.

Thursday, August 16

Global Village heads to Italy for a variety of different sounds from pioneering neo-folk accordionist Riccardo Tesi, the Napoli Mandolin Orchestra (with spaghetti western music!), Stefano Saletti with his Piccola Banda Ikona group, folk/jazz saxophonist Enzo Avitabile, and the traditional pipes groups Zampogneria.

Friday, August 17

Global Village marks birthdays of several artists who combine jazz and world influences – Spanish bagpiper Cristina Pato, Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, Polish singer Grazyna Auguscik, and for his centennial birthday we’ve also got some Bossa Nova Soul Samba from jazz saxophonist Ike Quebec.  We’ve also got some Brazilian sounds from Mike Marshall & Choro Famoso, our featured artists for this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival special at the end of the month. And we’ll highlight some new world jazz albums, including the latest from Tribu and Akira Tana, and there’s more for the Trojan Records 50th Anniversary feature, this time from ska legends, the Skatalites, and reggae singer Barry Brown.

August 17/19

Crossroads continues the August Blues Rock feature with more music from Robert Plant (his 70th birthday is Monday) as a solo artist, with Led Zeppelin, and in a special in hour two featuring Zeppelin’s BBC sessions.

Plus birthday salutes to soul jazz saxophonist Ike Quebec (also featured on Night Train for his centennial birthday) and blues great Luther Allison, more Living Blues Awards winners, concert previews, and new music from Tower of Power, Shemekia Copeland, and Kid Ramos.

Monday 8.6.18

Night Train marks the centennial birthday of producer, concert presenter, manager and activist Norman Granz. We’ll hear music from the Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts he presented, and some of the classic recordings he produced, including the groundbreaking Songbook sets from Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson, and other selections from his Verve and Pablo labels. Plus a special focusing on his legendary Verve label in hour two.

Tuesday 8.7.18

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Marcus Roberts, seven-string guitar pioneer George Van Eps, and legendary hornman Rahsaan Roland Kirk (including a special about him in hour two of the show). Plus music from Arnett Cobb, one of the artists with a centennial birthday featured on Night Train this month.

Wednesday 8.8.18

Night Train marks the birthday of saxophonist, composer, arranger and bandleader Benny Carter with music he did as a leader (including one with August featured artist Jimmy Rowles) and covers of his classics from Marian McPartland and Diana Krall. Plus new music from Amy Cervini, George Cotsirilos, Antonio Adolfo and Erik Applegate, and a special in hour two focusing on the later careers of Duke Ellington and Benny Carter.

Thursday 8.9.18

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train for drummer Jack DeJohnette (including a special in hour two) and pianist Robert Piket. More music for the August Four Centennials feature, this time from pianist Jimmy Rowles, a tribute to Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko who passed away last week, and new music from New Faces, and Monika Herzig’s Sheroes.

Monday, August 6

Global Village celebrates Jamaican Independence Day with music from the island nation, including Bob Marley & the Wailers, solo projects from original Wailers Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, ska from the Skatalites and associated artists, a rock steady hit from the Paragons, and conscious reggae classics from Culture and Burning Spear.

Tuesday, August 7

Global Village marks Ivory Coast Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that West African nation, including legendary artists and rising stars in a variety of styles, from traditionally inspired music to Ivorian reggae, soukous, afrobeat and zouglou sounds. Among the artists featured on the show are Alpha Blondy, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Dobet Gnahore, Pierre Antoine, and Jean Baptise Zibodi along with selections from the Ivory Coast Soul and Cote d’Ivoire 50th Anniversary compilations.

Wednesday, August 8

Global Village marks the birthday of English folk guitar great John Renbourn for his birthday, along with music from his bandmate in Pentangle, Bert Jansch. We’ll hear music they did as a duo and as part of Pentangle, along with solo projects from both.

Thursday, August 9

Global Village marks South Africa’s National Women’s Day. Now a public holiday in that country, it commemorates the anniversary of an event that took place on August 9, 1956, as 20,000 women of all races took to the streets to protest the country’s pass laws. Global Village highlights music from a number of female South African performers including Miriam Makeba, Bhusi Mhlongo, the Mahotella Queens, the Afrika Mamas, and Brenda Fassie.

Friday, August 10

Since we devoted our regular New Month/New Music new releases show last week to the new 50th anniversary compilations from Trojan Records (for the August feature) and other new reggae releases, we’re adding a second New Month/New Music show this month to highlight some of the great titles from other parts of the world that have just come out.

Among the highlights:

A brilliant new contemporary Italian banda release from Cesare Dell’anna & GirodiBanda

More Euro sounds from the Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra, the Amsterdam Klezmer Band with Hungary’s Sondorgo, the Greek Fusion Orchestra, and volume two in VampiSoul’s Czech Up! series for rock, jazz fusion, funk and more they are releasing in conjunction with a long-standing Czech label

And there’s new music from Haiti’s RAM, and a reissue of a classic album from Buena Vista Social Club member Cachaito.

August 10/12

Throughout August, Crossroads features blues rock in honor of Robert Plant’s 70th birthday (also featured on Strange Currency throughout the month) and this time it’s music from his brief Honeydrippers project and the solo album Now and Zen, along with a recently released live set from Savoy Brown and a House of Blues tribute to British Blues in hour two of the show.

Friday is also the 100th birthday of Texas Tenor Arnett Cobb (also featured on Night Train throughout the month) and Crossroads highlights some of his blues-flavored tracks – and the Living Blues Awards were also just announced and Crossroads features winners throughout the month, including this time with music from Jimmy Reed and Wee Willie Walker.

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  1. Various Artists - Nordic Notes Vol.5: Folk from Estonia (Nordic Notes)


  1. Angelique Kidjo – Remain in Light (Kravenworks)
  1. Ebo Taylor – Yen Ara (Mr. Bongo)
  1. Tunto – Ilona (Aani)
  1. Hugh Masekela – ‘66-’76 (Wrasse)
  1. Nancy Vieira - Manha Florida (LusAfrica)
  1. Samba Toure – Wande (Glitterbeat)
  1. Various – African Scream Contest 2 (Analog Africa)
  1. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 – Black Times (Strut)
  1. Eliades Ochoa & Alejandro Almenares - Dos Gigantes De La Musica Cubana (Tumi Music)

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  1. Buddy Guy – The Blues Is Alive and Well (Silvertone/RCA)


  1. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar – Run to Me (Gypsy Soul)
  1. Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps – Here in Babylon (Jesi-Lu)
  1. Deb Ryder – Enjoy the Ride (Vizztone)
  1. Mud Morganfield – They Call Me Mud (Severn)
  1. Various Artists – Tribute: Delmark’s 65th Anniversary
  1. Marcia Ball – Shine Bright (Alligator)
  1. Rockwell Avenue Blues Band – Back to Chicago (Delmark)
  1. Johnny Tucker – Seven Day Blues (High John)
  1. Muddy Gurdy – Muddy Gurdy (Vizztone)

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  1. Hank Jones – In Copenhagen (Storyville)


  1. Bill Anschell – Shifting Standards (Origin)
  1. Brad Mehldau Trio – Seymour Reads the Constitution (Nonesuch)
  1. Jerry Vivino – Coast to Coast (Vivino Music/BluJazz)
  1. Bill O’Connell – Jazz Latin (Savant)
  1. Steve Gadd Band – Steve Gadd Band (BFM Jazz)
  1. Mike Clark/Delbert Bump – Retro Report (Ropeadope)
  1. Jim Snidero & Jeremy Pelt – Jubilation! (Savant)
  1. Steven Kroon – In Your Dreams (Kroonatune)
  1. Erroll Garner – Nightconcert (Mack Avenue)