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Q&A: Jazz pianist Andy Milne talks using homeopathy to write music, working with William Shatner, and more

Q&A: Jazz pianist Andy Milne talks using homeopathy to write music, working with William Shatner, and more

In jazz, pianists tend to be the logic builders, the consolidators of ideas, the synthesis people. Your stereotypical pianist is pensive, professorial, more omnivorous than opinionated. Often that gets you typecast into a supporting role. And in a way, that's Andy Milne's story: Over the past 20 years, he's helped till the careers of famous experimenters like Cassandra Wilson, Steve Coleman, and Ravi Coltrane, but his music—especially the heady, swaggering, astral jazz-funk that he plays with his band Dapp Theory—still awaits wide recognition.

This Saturday, Milne makes his debut as a leader at An Die Musik, bringing Dapp Theory along with five special guests. (All are heavyweights,...

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