October 30, 2003

Meadows Jazz Orchestra Concert Nov. 13

DALLAS (SMU) - The Meadows Jazz Orchestra at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts presents its fall concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13 in Caruth Auditorium, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Parking is available at Hillcrest and Binkley and in the garage beneath the Meadows Museum. The concert is free, and no ticket is required.

The concert will showcase numerous jazz classics, including "I Can't Stop Loving You," arranged by Quincy Jones for the Count Basie Orchestra, "Tiptoe" and "Big Dipper" by Thad Jones and two numbers performed by the Stan Kenton Orchestra, "A Time for Love" and "Here's That Rainy Day." The evening will also feature the premiere of "Mascarpone" by Meadows Jazz Orchestra director Akira Sato.

The Meadows Jazz Orchestra is an 18-member ensemble composed of SMU students selected by audition each fall. The orchestra is dedicated to preserving the heritage of big band jazz while continuing to expand the genre.

Akira Sato, a trumpet player and composer, received a master's degree in jazz arranging from the University of North Texas, where he was a member of the One O'Clock Lab Band and the director of the Three O'Clock Lab Band. His compositions and arrangements have been performed by various ensembles, including the Jazz Ambassadors and the Army Blues, and have been recorded on several UNT One O'Clock Lab Band CDs.