The Vesuvius Jazz Ensemble (VJE) will be premiering a new work by band leader and composer James Shaw. This composition is based on bringing classical forms and practices into a modern jazz ensemble. The sound and instrumentation of the VJE will be the launching pad to breath new life into these classical structures.
Additionally, Shaw has explored the writing of Bronisław Kaper and Jimmy Van Heusen to shine a light on their strong command of melody and harmony.
Shaw has reimagined their work for the VJE, using their songs has a vehicle for new improvisations and ensemble interplay.