CONTACT: Victoria Winkelman, 214-768-3785
Kami Duncan, 214-768-2788,

February 16, 2004


DALLAS (SMU) – The Meadows Jazz Orchestra at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, under the direction of Akira Sato, will perform at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2 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 concert will showcase numerous jazz classics, including the Count Basie Orchestra’s versions of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “In a Mellow Tone” and “O Sole Mio,” Duke Ellington’s “Cottontail” and “Never No Lament,” “Three in One” by Thad Jones and “Here’s That Rainy Day” as performed by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. During the concert, a jazz combo of seven students will also perform compositions by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Horace Silver.

The Meadows Jazz Orchestra is a 20-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.