Contact: Victoria Winkelman or Kami Duncan
SMU Meadows School of the Arts
(214) 768-3785 or (214) 768-2788

November 13, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Jazz Orchestra at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts presents "The Music of Billy Byers" at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26 in the Bob Hope Theatre, 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 program will focus on jazz classics arranged by Billy Byers, who worked with some of the most prominent orchestras and singers of the big band era, including Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and many others. Included will be "At Long Last Love" by Cole Porter, "I'll Never Smile Again" by Ruth Lowe, and "Hey, Jealous Lover" by Sammy Cahn, in addition to such favorites as "Autumn Leaves" and "Blues in the Closet."

The Meadows Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Akira Sato, is a 13-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 the One O'Clock Lab Band CDs "Lab '98," "Lab '99" and "Lab '01."