The Carlton on Madison Avenue

88 Madison Ave., between 28th and 29th streets, New York; 212-532-4100, 800-601-8500,

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A five-minute, $7 cab ride from the 34th Street Port Authority.

Birdland

315 W. 44th St., between 8th and 9th streets; 212-581-3080;

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Show times are 6, 9, 11 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Cover charge $20-$35 with a $10 per person food/drink minimum.

Blue Note

131 W. 3rd St. between 6th Avenue and MacDougal Street; 212-475-8592;

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Opened in 1981, the Blue Note is arguably one of the world's most popular jazz clubs. Two sets are 9 and 11:30 p.m. $35 for table reservations or $25 to sit at the bar plus $10 food or drink minimum. Sunday brunch. Late-night Friday and Saturday jam sessions for $5.

The Lenox Lounge

288 Lenox Ave., between 124th and 125th streets; 212-427-0253;

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Opened in the 1930s, you can hardly mention jazz without talking about this Harlem-based standard of the New York jazz scene. Cover charge $20, $16 drink minimum. Reservations required Friday, Saturday.

The Village Vanguard

178 7th Ave. South; 212-255-4037;

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Dubbed "The Carnegie Hall of Jazz," this is the spot that since 1935 has showcased every great player from Monk to Miles to Marsalis.

Parlor Entertainment

555 Edgecombe Ave., No. 3F, corner of W. 160th Street; 212-781-6595;

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Cookies and punch served at free concerts.

Parlor Jazz Inc.

119 Vanderbuilt Ave., Brooklyn; 718-855-1981;

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Inspired by Marjorie Eliot, hosts Jim Morehand and Dave Polazzo provide monthly jazz in their Clinton Hills home. $30-$40 cover with complimentary wine and snacks served. Reservations required.