Due to our love of music, arts and everything visual, audible and touchable...Gothamist attends many events. We go, we learn, we feel happy/sad/enlightened and we report back to you. Prior to all of this going down however, we like to pick some events we intend to go to in the future and do a quick background or overview of what it's all about.

So incase you haven't heard, the JVC Jazz Festival is just around the corner. Gothamist hopes to attend a number of shows on the incredible lineup (featuring more than 300 artists/60 shows/17 venues).

The JVC Jazz Festival is celebrating some anniversaries this year. George Wein, the man to thank for the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival amongst others says this of the landmark year:
”The summer of 2004 is truly a producer's dream. In June, we celebrate the 20th year with JVC as a corporate sponsor and supporter of jazz,” Wein announced. “To cap it off, this August marks the 50th anniversary of the world's first jazz festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, sponsored by JVC. We are grateful to JVC for helping us bring the festival in to the 21st Century.” (via All About Jazz).

To learn more about George Wein, read his memoir Myself Amongst Others: A Life in Music

As for Gothamist, we'll be at the Nina Simone Tribute on Monday June 21st . And you can be sure we'll be at the Lou Reed show on Wednesday June 23rd and reporting back to you the next day on how we nearly fell off the balcony upon hearing our favorite song. (Both of these shows are @ Carnegie Hall.)

Show details & ticketing information on next page

buy tickets here for Lou Reed, an evening which includes performances by:

Lou Reed with Mike Radthke
Fernando Saunders, Jane Scarpantoni, Antony and Master Ren Guang Yi
And Special Guests: The Holmes Brothers & Nellie McKay

and buy tickets here for the Nina Simone Tribue, an evening which includes performances by:

Oscar Brown, Jr., Tracy Chapman, Floetry, Toni Morrison, Odetta, Simone, James Blood Ulmer with Vernon Reid, Lizz Wright with Al Schackman (Music Director), Bob Dorough, Leopoldo Fleming, Bobby Hamilton, Tony Jones, Paul Robinson, Chris White

Related events:

George Wein will be performing at the Central Park Summerstage June 18 at 7 pm, in a special free celebration with the Newport All-Stars (including saxophonist Frank Wess, trumpeter Randy Brecker, and guitarist Howard Alden.)

Bert Stern’s “Jazz on a Summer’s Day,” which documents the 1958 Newport Festival will be shown on June 19 at 3pm @ Rumsey Playfield, mid-Park at 72nd St.