Meadows Community Series presents Meadows Jazz Orchestra & Friends
SMU’s Meadows Jazz Orchestra, led by Dylan Smith, will present an evening of big band favorites and contemporary jazz compositions. 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.
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.
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.