Meadows Jazz Orchestra & Friends

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SMU’s Meadows Jazz Orchestra, led by Dylan Smith, will present an evening of big band favorites and contemporary jazz compositions in Dallas City Performance Hall on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. Three distinguished guests and alumni will join the MJO: trumpeter/composer/arranger Akira Sato; recording artist/composer/producer Derrick Horne; and multi-instrumentalist/performer Kevin Butler.

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The program will include such classics as the Count Basie Band’s I Thought About You, Charles Mingus’s Moanin’, and Four, recorded by Maynard Ferguson. Also featured will be several newer pieces composed by notable contemporary jazz artists, including Hang Gliding by Maria Schneider and John the III and Blues for Stephanie by the accomplished double bassist and ensemble director John Clayton of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

“This concert caps a benchmark year for the MJO, and I’m honored to host three talented guest artists who have helped make our orchestra what it is today,” said director Smith. “Akira Sato served as the MJO director for many years, including my time in the orchestra as a master’s student, and has been a mentor to me as a jazz musician and ensemble director. Derrick Horne is an accomplished composer and performer who has served as the assistant director and rhythm section coach for the past two years and will soon graduate from Meadows with a double M.M. in composition and theory pedagogy. And Kevin Butler is one of the most versatile and talented performers I have ever met; his contributions to SMU and the Dallas music scene are exceptional.”

The event is the final performance in the Meadows School of the Arts’ 2015-16 Community Series of concerts at venues throughout Dallas. Launched in fall 2013, the series is designed to bring Meadows performances into the community, feature the work of talented students and engage new audiences at diverse venues in Dallas.

Dallas City Performance Hall is located at 2520 Flora St. in downtown Dallas. Tickets are $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students and educators. For tickets and more information, contact the Meadows box office at 214-768-2787 or visit here.
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