Andy Milne is beyond just the leader, pianist /composer of the band Dapp Theory; jazz is his superpower. He has been described as a "superb pianist of undisguisedly jazz-rooted, Herbie Hancock-like fluency."
Milneâ€™s prolific resume is not only impressive, but also a little daunting. Milne has gone where no man has gone before; he recently scored seven William Shatner-directed documentaries and in addition, heâ€™s an accomplished educator and received several awards and commissions.
Dapp Theoryâ€™s music is intricate and engaging with multiple influences and thought provoking lyrics that make categorizing it a challenge. Their latest album, "Forward in All Directions," is a diverse collection of ten tracks that celebrates the bandâ€™s 15-year journey and Milneâ€™s personal enthusiasm for his lifeâ€™s multifaceted ambitions.
The bandâ€™s sax player, Aaron Kruziki is from Wisconsin, making their Milwaukee show on Friday, March 27 at The Jazz Estate a homecoming of sorts.
Milne generously imparts a Jazz 101 lesson, divulges details of his Shatner collaboration and praises MKE vegetarian culinary fare below.
Lindsay Garric: Andy, tell me everything you know about Jazz! (This is a serious question and kind of a "challenge.") Youâ€™re an educator, so if you had to welcome students to your own brand of Jazz 101 in a couple sentences, what would you say?
Andy Milne: Jazz is a musical art form/culture that strives to uphold the principles of a democratic society. Yes, there are stylistic markings associated with the music known as "jazz", however jazz is as much about its many styles as it is about the concepts. Improvisation, groove, swing, individuality, lyricism, exoticism, sincerity and polyphony can all be found in jazz music. It requires a liberated spirit to express it and it affords the listener the opportunity to liberate their spirit.
LG: I recently watched "Whiplash." Have you seen it? I donâ€™t know why but, when I see young(er)(ish) people playing jazz I a…Read more...