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

April 5, 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 Thursday, April 22 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. For more information, call the Division of Music at 214.768.1951.

The concert will showcase numerous jazz classics, including the Count Basie Orchestra's versions of "Flight of the Foo Birds," "Corner Pocket" and "Kid from Red Bank," Charles Mingus's "Moanin', " "Tenor Madness" by Sonny Rollins and "Street of Dreams" as performed by the Stan Kenton Orchestra. During the concert, two student jazz combos will introduce several of their own original compositions and also perform such popular favorites as "Perdido" and "There Will Never Be Another You."

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.