If you like your jazz smooth, with an extra helping of funk on the side, Jimmie Highsmith Jr. is the sax player for you. After studying at the Hochstein School of Music and School of the Arts, Highsmith joined the United States Air Force and formed a jazz band to play USO events. Since returning to Rochester in the early 1990's, he's recorded four albums as a leader. In recent years Highsmith has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Wes Anderson, Wycliffe Gordon, and many other jazz luminaries.
Highsmith plays Wednesday, March 20, 8 p.m. at Tala Vera, 155 State St. $10. 546-3845, tala-vera.com.
“Tango Caliente,” the new album by The Jay D’Amico Quintet, is so good it may make you wonder why D’Amico is not better known. Over his four decade career he’s collaborated extensively with bassist Milt Hinton, and from 1984 to the night before 9/11, D’Amico was pianist in residence at Windows on the World, the restaurant at the top of the World Trade Center.