As 2013 draws to close, we asked the DJs of 88.1 KDHX to look back on all the records they heard this year and pick their favorite albums. From blues to bluegrass, indie rock to pop, country to folk, reggae to rock 'n' roll, these lists capture the soundtrack of a great year in music.
Dwight Bitikofer and Raven Wolf combine poetry and spiritual jazz that takes you on a train ride, steam powered by mystical chants, Midwestern ghosts and hauntingly beautiful sax and flute solos.
Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd mastermind "Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dream Project," 17 grisly nightmares from post-9/11 war veterans turned poetry, backed by an intelligent fusion of hip-hop and jazz.
The summer has come to a close. The days are shorter, the autumn breeze blows colder and the long wait for opening night at Jazz at the Bistro has finally ended. To kick off Jazz St. Louis's 19th season, the highly influential Yellowjackets have returned to this intimate setting to dole out four nights of modern jazz and fusion.
Fans of live music and tasty barbecue flocked to Columbia, Mo.'s Stephens Lake Park last weekend for the seventh annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival.
"Piano Jazz" host, and fine musician in her own right, Marian McPartland, has died at the age of 95.
Irony is the last refuge of the contrarian rock star, and Steely Dan has made an art form of the sneer and the swerve. No one captured the shattered ennui of the '70s like Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, with music that rode between rock and jazz and with lyrics that dripped irony and were derived from the detachment of seeing the world through drug-colored glasses.