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Maybe it’s just us, but every so often it’s nice to find jazz outside the typical places. (We still love you, Birdland.) This month, there’s plenty more to discover in the city that brought us Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.

Download a new album Grammy-nominated composer David Chesky just released a new piano jazz album inspired by our very own surroundings. The New York Rags features ditties like “The Bernstein,” “Seventh Avenue” and “Grand Central Morning” that feel as feisty as Manhattan herself.

Check out a live event Learn more about the city’s musical history and influence at Rhapsodic City: Music of New York--the new free conversation series from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (40 Lincoln Center Plaza). Starting next Wednesday, the talks will range from hip-hop to folk, but jazz lovers get the most attention, thanks to evenings centered around both the Prohibition-era style (April 9 and 10) and big-band mambos and salsas from the Latino community (April 17 and 18). Finally, save the date for this summer’s eighth annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, June 15 and 16. You still have time to perfect your finger wave.

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