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

April 9, 2003

Meadows Jazz Orchestra Concert April 24

DALLAS (SMU) -- The Meadows Jazz Orchestra at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts presents its spring concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 24 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 nine jazz classics, including "Have You Met Miss Jones?" by Rodgers & Hart, "A Child Is Born" and "Quietude" by Thad Jones and "Another Lazy Day" by Sammy Nestico. Featured will be several numbers composed or arranged by Grammy-winning jazz veteran Bill Holman, including "Theme & Variations No. 2," "Kissing Bug" and "The Man I Love."

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."