No genre of music is greater fodder for critics to put their foot in their mouth with more frequency than jazz. Perhaps this is why now-is.org’s no-filler approach is their greatest attribute. Simple, straightforward listings replete with backing players, venue names, and cost is a breath of fresh air in a world where the critic has somehow become essential to information exchange. The site’s archives date back to December 2006, and as long as postings continue, now-is.org promises to offer an indispensable record of the occasions when legendary and local artists crossed paths in jazz’s Midwestern mecca.
Best of Chicago 2013