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 November 30

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 November Global Village has been featuring music of the Wailers and I-Threes, so for our visit to Savannah this time we focus on an artist from Jamaica – in this case, pianist Monty Alexander. Alexander began his career in his teens working the Jamaican studios during the birth of ska. He would move to the US and become an esteemed jazz pianist. But throughout his career he would return to his roots in reggae and Caribbean music and combine those influences with jazz. The show highlights both the range of his work and the energy and appeal of his performances. And as a special bonus, the show concludes with Alexander joining in with vocalist and newly named ‘Genius Grant’ recipient Cecile McLorin Salvant for a spirited performance of Billie Holiday’s “Fine and Mellow.”

Tuesday, December 1

Global Village marks World Aids Day in a special show devoted to the world music side of the “Red Hot” releases, a series of some two dozen recordings in a variety of styles that benefit the Red Hot Foundation.  Since it began in 1989, the Red Hot series has involved some 400 hundred international artists and raised millions of dollars for AIDS education and prevention programs around the world.
World AIDS Day this year also falls on Giving Tuesday. For more information, visit

Wednesday, December 2

Global Village kicks off the December fado feature with music from some contemporary fado artists, including Mariza, Antonio Zambujo, Cristina Branco, and Custodio Castelo. Plus the latest from Sam Lee, Oumou Sangare, and Azymuth.

Thursday, December 3

This time in the Global Village, we once again ‘give the drummer some’ in a program devoted to an eclectic lineup of drum and percussion masters. We’ll hear tabla master Zakir Hussain with Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer; Nii Okai Tagoe, former percussionist with Osibisa; Max Roach’s all-percussion M’Boom ensemble; the world jazz sounds of Bones & Tones, Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures, Manu Katche, and Minu Cinelu; and master congueros Mongo Santamaria and Poncho Sanchez.

Friday, December 4

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:

  • Contemporary afrobeat from Nigerian band Bantu
  • Silk Road excursions from Guo Gan with Fabio Turchetti, and from the group 3,14
  • Contemporary reggae and Afro-Caribbean sounds from Kosmo Sound, and from Afro-Venezuelan bassist Raul Monsalve y Los Forajidos
  • A live release from Argentina’s Juana Molina
  • And the latest from Cape Verdean rising star Elida Almeida.

Monday, November 30

Night Train wraps up the November Mose Allison feature with more music from him and with covers of his songs by Curtis Stigers and Swingadelic. There’s new music from Isaiah J. Thompson (a tribute to Buddy Montgomery), Wolff Clark Dorsey (a tribute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album), John Daversa’s comforting quarantine project, and Radam Schwartz with his Organ Big Band. And it’s the birthday of vocalist Roberta Gambarini and we’ll hear her with legendary pianist Hank Jones in hour one, and in a concert special with the Airmen of Note in hour two of the show.

Tuesday, December 1

Tonight on the Night Train, we kick off a new month’s feature marking centennial birthdays of two jazz greats, Dave Brubeck and Clark Terry. We’ll hear Terry tonight recorded live at the Wichita Jazz Festival, and Brubeck from his Red Hot and Cool album. Speaking of Red Hot, today is both World AIDS Day and Giving Tuesday and Night Train highlights some music from the Red Hot series that benefits AIDS prevention and education efforts around the world. (Global Village features a special devoted to the world music side of the Red Hot releases tonight.) There are also birthday salutes to bass icon Jaco Pastorius (with Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny and Weather Report) and saxophonist Carlos Garnett. New music tonight comes from Jason Marsalis, Mark Egan & Danny Gottlieb, Billy Childs, and Conrad Herwig.

Wednesday, December 2

Night Train marks a number of jazz birthdays (pianist Wynton Kelly with Miles Davis, composer and arranger Eddie Sauter with Stan Getz, lyricist Adolph Green performed by Blossom Dearie, saxophonist PJ Perry teamed up with Campbell Ryga, pianist Amina Figarova with her new electric band, and vocalist Fay Classen with the Millennium Jazz Orchestra in hour one and in a concert special in hour two of the show). Plus music from December featured artist Dave Brubeck, and new releases from Bobby Watson and the Royce Campbell/Chris Whiteman Project.

Thursday, December 3

It’s the birthday today of famed film composer Nino Rota and Night Train celebrates with jazz covers of his compositions from Bill Frisell, Enrico Rava, and Enrico Pieranunzi. There’s also new music from Eddie Henderson and Jerry Bergonzi, and selections from December featured artists Clark Terry and Dave Brubeck (including a Brubeck special in hour two of the show).

New Month, New Music

Nov 30, 2020

Friday, December 4, and Sunday, December 6

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:

  • New titles from Duke Robillard and Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • The latest in Bob Corritore’s From the Vault series – this time with Henry Gray.
  • Crossroads also highlights new holiday release from Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram, the Wildroots, Hamilton Loomis, and the Gulf Coast Christmas compilation.

Monday, November 23

Night Train highlights music from singer Gloria Lynne, trumpeter Melton Mustafa, bassist Ray Drummond, and songwriter Johnny Mandel (including a special in hour two of the show), all born on this date. Plus covers of songs from November featured artist Mose Allison from singer Kitty Margolis and drummer (and former Allison sideman) Jerry Granelli; and new releases from saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Latin jazz band Mongorama, trombonist John Fedchock with his NY Sextet, and the neo-trad New Orleans High Society band.

Tuesday, Novmeber 24

Tonight on the Night Train there’s music from November featured artist Mose Allison with an all-star New Orleans band and early in his career with the Al Cohn-Zoot Sims Quintet; new music from Bill Warfield & the Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra (with a Booker T & the MGs cover – the group featured this month on Crossroads), saxophonist Javon Jackson, drummer and film producer Richard Baratta, and the Flying Horse Big Band (with at tribute to Ray Charles); and on tonight’s birthday list, organist Brian Charette (on a new album from Doug Webb – the saxophone ‘voice’ for Lisa Simpson), pianist Teddy Wilson (with Billie Holiday), and pianist and organist Wild Bill Davis (with Louis Jordan and in a special in hour two of the show).

Wednesday, November 25

Night Train marks the birthday of one of the under-rated treasures of vocal jazz, Etta Jones, with music from her last studio album and a Jazz Profiles special in hour two that chronicles her life and work. Night Train also marks birthdays of legendary saxophonist Paul Desmond (we’ll hear lots more from him in December when Night Train marks the centennial birthday of Dave Brubeck), singer Holly Cole (with a cover of a Mose Allison song), trumpeter Terell Stafford (from an album he did in tribute to hard bop master Lee Morgan), soul jazz saxophonist Rusty Bryant, cornetist Nat Adderley, and pianist Dick Wellstood.

Thursday, November 26

Night Train celebrates Thanksgiving with a musical menu filled with goodies all about food – from the turkey and sweet potatoes to a host of holiday desserts –served up by such tasty players as Bob Dorough, Jaco Pastorius, Gene Ammons, Cyrus Chestnut, Matt Wilson, Don Cherry, and Karrin Allyson.

Monday November 23

A triple birthday celebration in the Global Village for three legendary Spanish composers – Tárrega (11.21), Rodrigo (11.22) and de Falla (11.23) – with some of their most famous pieces performed by John Williams, Julian Bream and the Miles Español project. We’ll also hear music from Celtic Spain’s Cristina Pato and Rosa Cedrón , the Vahdat sisters from Iran, desert blues band Terakaft, and singer Cassandra Wilson.

Tuesday November 24

Global Village marks birthdays of singer and songwriter Robin Williamson and eclectic bassist Edgar Meyer; continues with more music from November featured artists Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett of the Wailers and Marcia Griffiths of the I-Threes; highlights new music from Latin soul band Los Mocosos, Cuban-Mexican guitar Duo Coincidencia, a 20th anniversary reissue from English folk guitar great Bert Jansch, and Finnish folk duo Piirainen Blom Company; and offers a special little treat from Dave Bartholomew for Evolution Day.

Wednesday, November 25

It’s the birthday today of pioneering calypsonian Wilmoth Houdini and Global Village celebrates with some of his classic recordings. There’s new music from a new NOLA/Cuba compilation, South African star Vusi Malahsela, and contemporary Mexican marimba band Son Rompe Pera. We’ll also hear November featured artist music from Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett with the Upsetters, the band he led before the Wailers, and from I-Threes vocalist Judy Mowatt.

Thursday, November 26

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu, Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

Friday, November 27
It’s a mini Folk Fest this time in the Global Village as we highlight folk and traditional sounds from many different parts of the world. We’ll hear Bert Jansch (with Pentangle and with John Renbourn), Guo Gan (in a program of classical Chinese music), Scottish band Breabach, Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon, Zimbabwe mbira legend Ephat Mujuru, from Veracruz Grupo Mono Blanco, Canada’s Vishten, and the Mongolian group, the Grasslands Ensemble, with ukulele player Daniel Ho.

Frday, November 27 and Sunday, 29
Crossroads wraps up a month-long salute to Booker T & the MGs in honor of the November birthdays of band members Booker T. Jones, Duck Dunn and Al Jackson, Jr. We’ll hear them in various combinations with Al Green, Bill Withers, Muddy Waters, and Poncho Sanchez – along with music from the last MGs album for Stax, and their recording of “Time is Tight” that was originally done for a 1968 film.
Also this time, music from John Mayall for his birthday, including Mayall with the Bluesbreakers doing a Mose Allison classic (the November featured artist on Night Train) and a concert special with Mayall in hour two of the show.
New music on Crossroads this time includes selections from Kim Wilson, Dave Riley with Bob Corritore. Kevin Burt, Lloyd Jones, and Maceo Parker.


Monday, November 16

Global Village highlights Latin Grammy nominees in advance of this Thursday’s Awards ceremony. We’ll focus on some of the less-publicized categories, including Latin jazz, traditional tropical, tango, instrumental, and more. Among the artists featured are pianist Chick Corea, singer-songwriter Alex Cuba, tango jazz master Emilio Solla, Brazilian guitarist Yamandu Costa, Cuba’s Orquesta Failda, and Colombian superstar Carlos Vives with special guest Ruben Blades

Tuesday, November 17

Global Village highlights the world music side of trombonist Roswell Rudd, bassist Ben Allison, and composer and multi-instrumentalist David Amram, all born on this date. The November I Threes/Wailers feature continues with the I Threes as special guests on Gilberto Gil’s tribute to Bob Marley, and music from Marley with the Wailers and I Threes. Plus new music this time from Galician percussionist Xabier Diaz and Scotland’s Acid Croft specialists, Shooglenifty.

Wednesday, November 18

Global Village marks Moroccan Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that nation. We’ll hear some of the ‘70s artists who ushered in a new contemporary style of music; the meeting of the spiritual Gnawa and jazz in the music of Randy Weston and Don Cherry; eclectic master musicians like Hassan Erraji and Majid Bekkas, and more.

Thursday, November 19

Global Village marks Garifuna Settlement Day, a national holiday in Belize to celebrate the Garifuna people and culture. This indigenous American and African people have long been a threatened culture and musicians have been at the forefront of the effort to preserve and bring to wider attention its wealth and beauty. We’ll hear music from a groundbreaking international release, Paranda, along with key figures like Andy Palacio, Aurelio, the Garifuna Collective and the Garifuna Women’s Project.

Friday, November 20

Global Village marks the birthday of the late, great Crescent City legend Dr. John. We’ll hear music from a number of his albums, along with guest appearances with Olu Dara, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Donald Harrison, Angelique Kidjo, Taj Mahal, and Cyril Neville, and as part of the New Orleans Social Club project.

Monday, November 16

Night Train marks the birthday of pianist and singer Diana Krall, including her cover of a song from Mose Allison, the Night Train November featured artist. There’s also a Mose Allison tribute special in hour two, music from Monty Alexander (featured on the next Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival concert show on Monday November 30th), the start of a week-long tribute to Latin jazz percussionist Candido and to this year’s Latin Grammy nominees, and new music from Eddie Henderson, John Daversa, and the Mark Masters Ensemble.

Tuesday, November 17

Night Train marks birthdays of trombonist Roswell Rudd and bassist Ben Allison, and continues the November Mose Allison feature, and a week-long tribute to Latin percussion master Candido, who passed away earlier this month. Throughout the week, Night Train is also highlighting jazz nominees in this year’s Latin Grammys in advance of Thursday’s Awards ceremony. New releases featured tonight include the Uptown Jazz Tenet, the Christian McBride Big Band, Steve Cardenas, and Artemis, Joe Fiedler’s Big Sackbut, and the Claire Daly Band.

Wednesday, November 18

Night Train continues its month-long Mose Allison feature and week-long salutes to Latin jazz percussionist Candido (here as part of the Conga Kings) and this year’s Latin Grammy nominees (including tonight with the Emilio Solla Tango Jazz Orchestra). Birthday artists tonight include vocalist Sheila Jordan, trumpeter Don Cherry, saxophonist Bennie Wallace, and songwriter Johnny Mercer (featured in an hour two special).

Thursday, November 19

Music tonight on the Night Train from November featured artist Mose Allison, percussionist Candido (wrapping up a weeklong tribute to the conga master who recently passed away), and birthday artists Vincent Herring, Savion Glover (tap dancing with Abbey Lincoln!), and Tommy Dorsey (including a special featuring both him and his musical brother Jimmy).

Friday, November 20 and Sunday, November 22

Crossroads continues this month’s feature marking November birthdays of Booker T., Duck Dunn and Al Jackson, Jr. – all members of Booker T. & the MGs and famed also as the studio band for the legendary Memphis soul label, Stax Records. We’ll hear the group covering the Isley Brothers and backing Otis Redding, along with Koko Taylor’s version of “Born Under a Bad Sign,” a blues classic Booker T. co-wrote with Stax star William Bell.

November 20th is also the birthday of Duane Allman (here with Boz Scaggs on “Loan Me a Dime”) and of Dr. John (saluted on the new album from Shemekia Copeland and featured in a special in hour two).

And there’s new music from Cary Morin, Maceo Parker, and Bette Smith.

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Monday, November 9

Pianists take center stage tonight on the Night Train. We’ll hear legends like Art Tatum, masters such as Kenny Barron, Bobby Timmons, and Buddy Montgomery, and contemporary artists including Fred Hersch, Brad Mehldau, and Cyrus Chestnut. Plus more from November featured artist – pianist, song writer and singer Mose Allison – and new music from Ray Mantilla, Diane Schuur, Joshua Redman, and Wolff Clark Dorsey Play Sgt. Pepper.

Tuesday, November 10

Night Train kicks things off with a little mini-Monk fest with classic and new tracks featuring music of Thelonious Monk. There are also birthday salutes to pianists Jon Batiste (including a special in hour two) and Paul Bley, and flutist Hubert Laws. And we’ve got a classic track from November featured artist Mose Allison.

Wednesday, November 11

Night Train steps aside for its annual Veterans Day tradition – performances from the Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. In hour one, the Airmen are joined by special guest Butch Miles – a Grammy-winning drummer with the Count Basie Orchestra who has also worked with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra and appeared on over 100 recordings. The special guest in hour two is trombonist Andy Martin. As a leader he has over a dozen albums to his credit and as a guest artist he has worked with numerous big bands, including those led by Gordon Goodwin and Bill Holman, worked in television, film and theater, and was the studio band lead trombonist for several seasons of Dancing with the Stars and American Idol.

Thursday, November 12

Night Train has more music from November featured artist Mose Allison and music from several artists born on this date, including soul keyboard legend Booker T. Jones, trumpeter Buck Clayton, and bass great Sam Jones (including a special feature in hour two). Plus the latest from the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and drummer Steve Fidyk, and some sounds from KC courtesy of Guitar Elation.