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, February 15

Night Train marks Presidents’ Day with music from “Pres” (Lester Young) and from the Presidential Suite project from Ted Nash. In conjunction with the February New Orleans feature, Night Train marks the birthday of Crescent City drummer Herlin Riley (heard here as a leader and with Ahmad Jamal – and also the featured artist next Monday on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival). It’s also the birthday of composer Harold Arlen and we’ll hear his work performed by Abbey Lincoln and Red Garland in hour one, and in performances from contemporary artists in a special in hour two of the show. Plus Critics’ Poll Winners The Royal Bopsters, and the latest from guitarists Peter Bernstein and Dave Stryker.

Tuesday, February 16

It’s Fat Tuesday and Night Train celebrates with Crescent City sounds from New Orleans High Society, Cubanismo in New Orleans, Grammy-nominee Jon Batiste, Astral Project and Donald Harrison in hour one and a special highlighting early Mardi Gras jazz from New Orleans in hour two of the show. We also remember saxophonist Jeff Clayton and composer Alec Wilder, who were both born on this date.

Wednesday, February 17

Night Train features some soul jazz, past and present, tonight including music from Gene Ammons, the Godfathers of Groove, Lou Donaldson, Sonny Stitt, Dave Styrker, the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective, the Soul Message Band, and Tony Monaco. Plus vocalists Mary Stallings and Tierney Sutton, and Monty Alexander’s tribute to the club that helped launch his career.

Thursday, February 18

It's a special edition of Night Train as we pay tribute to legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea, who passed away last week at the age of 79, with selections spanning his six-decade-long and diverse career. We’ll hear early Latin jazz recordings with Mongo Santamaria and Cal Tjader, his pioneering fusion recordings with Miles Davis and Return to Forever, duo projects with Gary Burton and Bela Fleck, and his last two recordings – the Grammy nominated Trilogy 2 and the Chick Corea Plays album that explored the intersection of standards and classical music. Plus a special in hour two devoted to his later acoustic and electric releases.

Monday, February 15

Global Village celebrates Presidents’ Day with music from artists who ran for or won the office of president – including Dizzy Gillespie, Fela, Ruben Blades, and Michel Martelly – plus Les Ambassadeurs (because every president has some), and Brenda Fassie’s tribute to South African President, Nelson Mandela.

Tuesday, February 16

It’s carnival time in the Global Village! To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to several carnival hot spots, including Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and such New Orleans favorites as Professor Longhair, the Hawketts, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. The Mardi Gras celebration continues tonight on the Night Train, 10 p.m. to midnight.

Wednesday, February 17

Global Village heads to Romania for a variety of traditional and contemporary bands and styles – including critically acclaimed groups like Fanfare Ciocarlia, Taraf de Haidouks and Mahala Rai Banda.

Thursday, February 18

Global Village celebrates Gambian Independence Day with rarely heard music and musicians from that small West African country. Highlights include popular early post-Independence bands like the Super Eagles, the acclaimed pioneer ‘roots’ band Ifang Bondi, U.S. based Gambian kora player Foday Musa Suso (with the groundbreaking Mandingo Griot Society band), and Juldah Camara with Justin Adams.

Friday, February 19

Global Village marks the birthday of saxophonist David Murray with music from several of his world music projects – with the Gwo Ka Masters from Guadeloupe, Hungarian cimbalom player Kalman Balogh, and from his tribute to the Nat Cole En Español recordings. There’s also music from New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley (the featured artist in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show), new music from Danish folk duo Vaev, Belgian Ethiojazz and Afrobeat group Azmari, and from Choro de Rua.

Friday, February 19, and Sunday, February 21

The Crossroads February feature continues with music from Maple Blues Awards winners, nominees and performers (including Ben Racine), Blues Music Award nominees (John Primer, John Nemeth, Bobby Rush, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones) and music from New Orleans (Dirty Dozen Brass Band). Plus birthday salutes to Nina Simone, Smokey Robinson, and Corey Harris (featured in concert in hour two of the show), and the latest releases from Sharon Jones & the DapKings, and Erin Harpe.

Monday, February 8

Night Train highlights jazz trios tonight, including the Golden Striker Trio,  Steve Kuhn Trio, Great Jazz Trio, Thrasher Dream Trio,  Keith Jarrett’s ‘Standards Trio,’ the Chick Corea Trio, Horace Parlan’s Us Three, the Organic Trio, and the Organik Vibe Trio.

Tuesday, February 9

Night Train marks birthdays of contemporary vibes player Gehn Gillece and saxophonist Steve Wilson; highlights new music from the Uptown Jazz Tenet and the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio; and continues the February Crescent City feature with music from Ellis Marsalis, and a special performance from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in hour two of the show.

Wednesday, February 10

Night Train continues the February New Orleans feature with music from Wynton Marsalis (with Herlin Riley – this month’s featured artist on Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival airing February 22nd); highlights music from a Grammy-nominated release from Chick Corea; and marks birthdays of pianists Antonio Adolfo and Sir Roland Hanna, and bassist Rufus Reid (who is also featured in a special in hour two showcasing big band suites from several contemporary composers).

Thursday, February 11

Birthday featured artists tonight on the Night Train include drummer Martin Drew (with Oscar Peterson), jazz fusion violinist Didier Lockwood, and pianist Etan Iverson (with his own quartet, with Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath, and in hour two , a special featuring his work with the Bad Plus). The February Crescent City feature continues with a very different approach to the Lil Hardin Armstrong classic, “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue.” And there’s new music tonight from guitarist Henry Robinett, Latin jazz trombonist Noah Bless, and pianist Billy Childs.

Monday, February 8

It’s another of our periodic Global Village folk fests, with music from pioneering and contemporary folk artists who range from traditional to modern approaches to a variety of long-standing musical forms. We’ll hear English folk rock pioneers Pentangle, Robin Williamson with and without the Incredible String Band, Rhiannon Giddens, and contemporary bands the Gloaming, the Furrow Collective, and Flook.

Tuesday, February 9

In conjunction with the February New Orleans feature, Global Village highlights music from Mardi Gras Indian groups, including Wild Tchoupitoulas, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Wild Magnolias, and Cha Wa. We’ll also hear the latest from psychedelic Korean folk-rock band Coreyah, and Seattle-based world jazz group Duende Libre.

Wednesday, February 10

This time in the Global Village we “give the congueros some,” with music from both legendary and contemporary conga players. Among the artists featured - Desi Arnaz (who started as a bandleader and is credited with introducing the conga line to American audiences), Armando Peraza (perhaps best known for his work with Santana), the all-star Conga Kings lineup, Ray Barretto, Patato, Candido, and Poncho Sanchez (as a leader with guest Mongo Santamaria, and as a guest himself with Francisco Aguabella and Jose Rizo’s Mongorama).

Thursday, February 11

Global Village highlights Jamaican jazz in this visit, including selections from legendary Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin, Jamaican-born jazz pianist Monty Alexander, Jamaican-born trumpeter Dizzy Reece, the UK-based Jazz Jamaica All Stars, and French guitarist Kubix. We’ll also hear music from the latest album in the Zanzibara series - this one highlighting the emergence of a modern from of taraab music, Belgian reggae and afro-jazz band Kosmo Sound, and the ‘imaginary world’ stylings of the French group L’Attirail.

Friday, February 12

Happy New Year – the Year of the Ox! Global Village celebrates Chinese New Year, Tet (Vietnam), Seollal (Korea), Losar (Tibet), or the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival. We’ll highlight traditional (Heart of the Dragon Ensemble), world fusion (Gao Hong and Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble), and contemporary pop (Sa Dingding) from China, along with music from Taiwanese neo-folk ensemble A Moving Sound, Tibetan artist Yungchen Lhamo, Vietnamese pop singer Carol Kim, the adventurous world-jazz duo of Huong Thanh and Nguyen Le, and more to mark the holiday.

Friday, February 12, and Sunday, February 14

Crossroads continues a February triple feature of music from New Orleans, newly announced Blues Music Awards nominees, and music from the Maple Blues Awards, which are going on virtually every Monday in the month across Canada, with live streamed performances and the announcement of selected winners on each date.

Plus music this time from newly named Rock Hall of Fame nominees Tina Turner and Chaka Khan, and birthday salutes to soul and funk saxophone great Maceo Parker, West Side blues pioneer Magic Sam, and ‘The Soul Queen of New Orleans’ Irma Thomas, featured in a special in hour two of the show.

Monday, February 1

Night Train marks International Day of Black Women in the Arts with a special show devoted to women in jazz. We’ll hear selections from harpists Alice Coltrane, Brandee Younger and Dorothy Ashby, singer and pianist Shirley Horn, saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, pianist Mary Lou Williams, singer Ernestine Anderson, and singer, animator and 2020 ‘Genius Grant’ recipient Cecile McLorin Salvant in hour one, and a special featuring Nina Simone in hour two of the show.

Tuesday, February 2

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonists Stan Getz and Sonny Stitt, highlights music from Dr. Michael White for the February Crescent City feature, and showcases live sets from singers Somi and Ella Fitzgerald. In hour two it’s a special focusing on artists who kept the bebop flame alive in the ‘60s, including birthday artist Sonny Stitt.

Wednesday, February 3

Today is the birthday of pianist, composer and singer, Lil Harden Armstrong. Night Train highlights music she did with Louis Armstrong and later in her career in hour one, and then in a special focused on the Armstrong Hot Five and Seven groups. Night Train also marks birthdays of singer Dennis Rowland, saxophonists Gregory Tardy and John Handy, and tuba master Bob Stewart. We’ll also hear the latest from the Claire Daly Band (with a tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk), the Radam Schwartz Organ Big Band, John Beasley’s Monk’estra, and the Le Coq All Stars.

Thursday, February 4

Tonight on the Night Train, ‘bass is the place,’ as the show highlights legends and rising stars of jazz bass. We’ll hear music from Ray Brown and his Superbass lineup, Flecktone Victor Wooten, Charlie Haden, Ron Carter, Brandi Disterheft, Pete Coco, Paul Chambers, and more. We’ll also check out the latest from pianists Edward Simon and Monty Alexander, drummer and film producer Richard Baratta, guitarist Hazar, and Wolff Clark Dorsey’s tribute to Sgt.  Pepper.

Monday, February 1

Global Village marks International Day of Black Women in the Arts with a special show devoted to music from women from Africa and the Caribbean. We’ll hear sounds from the townships, zouk, reggae and more from such artists as Miriam Makeba, Angelique Kidjo, Jah9, Oumou Sangare, and Natu Camara.

Tuesday, February 2

Global Village marks the birthday of Nemours Jean-Baptiste, the pioneer of kompa, one of Haiti’s most popular styles of music. We’ll hear some of his classic tracks, and a tribute to him from the Mini All Stars that revived interest in his music a quarter of a century after the peak of his popularity. We’ll also hear the latest from the all-female Latin group Ladama, French world music producer and multi-instrumentalist Etienne de la Sayette, and Venezuelan bassist Raul Monsalve. As part of the February Mardi Gras feature, we’ll hear Bo Dollis and the Wild Magnolias with the ReBirth Brass Band.

Wednesday, February 3

Global Village heads to Hungary for some traditional and contemporary music, including the sounds of the Hungarian tambura, violin and cimbalom, and also of Roma brass bands. We’ll hear selections from Söndörgő, the Cimbalom Brothers, Romano Drom, Roby Lakatos, Bela Lakatos & the Gypsy Youth Project, Kalman Balogh and more.

Thursday, February 4

It’s 'folk baroque’ this time in the Global Village, with music from John Renbourn, Pentangle, Jordi Savall, the Elizabethan Session, the Pera Ensemble, the Dufay Collective, and Trio Mediaeval.

Friday, February 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:

Euro-African bands Faratuben, Bara, and Azmari

New trad Euro-folk sounds from Spain’s Cati Plana & Paul Puig, Finland’s Svang, Poland’s WoWaKin, Denmark’s Vaev, and Russia’s Staritsa

And new African music from Nakany Kante, Djely Tapa, and the latest volume in the Zanzibara series showcasing the emerging sound of modern Taraab in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Friday, February 5, and Sunday, February 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 time:

Rare and unreleased Dave Alvin

Award-winning blues rocker Selwyn Birchwood

New soul blues from Dave Keller

Minnesota blues and roots singer Joy Ann Parker

Boston teen rising blues star Veronica Lewis

The latest in the Down Home Blues series featuring artists from Miami, Atlanta and the southeastern states

And newly announced Blues Music Awards nominees with recent releases.

Monday, January 25

Throughout this week, Night Train remembers Junior Mance, the talented pianist who worked extensively as both a leader and sideman, beginning tonight with music he did with Gene Ammons. The January feature looking back at the year in music continues with remembrances of Freddy Cole and Richie Cole, and a Grammy-nominated set of the early music of Nat Cole. We’ll also hear birthday salutes to Etta James (from an album she did in tribute to Billie Holiday), bossa nova great Antonio Carlos Jobim (with Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto), and saxophonist and composer Benny Golson (featured in a special in hour two of the show).

Tuesday, January 26

Night Train marks birthdays of composer Jimmy Van Heusen (with his music performed by Dinah Washington, Janis Siegel, and Martin Wind) and jazz violin great Stephane Grappelli (also featured in a special in hour two focused on the Hot Club group he was in with Django Reinhardt). The January feature, looking back at the past year in music, continues with Grammy nominee Carmen Lundy, and a Grammy Hall of Fame recording from Cannonball Adderley – and Night Train also remembers bassist Eugene Wright (with the Dave Brubeck Quartet) and tuba master Howard Johnson (with his group Gravity).

Wednesday, January 27

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonist Bob Mintzer (as a special guest on a 2020 release from Dave Stryker), bassist Henri Texier, vibes legend Bobby Hutcherson, drummer Jimmie Smith (on one of several Erroll Garner reissues that came out last year), and composer Jerome Kern (featured in a special in hour two). There’s also new music from harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens, and tributes to Junior Mance, Candido, and Eugene Wright.

Thursday, January 28

It’s twosomes tonight on the Night Train with duo recordings from a Latin Grammy-winning release from pianist Michel Camilo and flamenco guitarist Tomatito, 2020 NEA Jazz Master Bobby McFerrin with pianist Chick Corea, pianist Oscar Peterson and vibes legend Milt Jackson, pianist Fred Hersch and singer Jay Clayton, pianist Kenny Barron with bassist Dave Holland, and several duo recordings from bassist Charlie Haden – with guitarist Pat Metheny, and with pianists Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Hank Jones, and Keith Jarrett.