Andy Milne & Unison
- June 28
- 6:15 pm
- TD Main Stage - OLG Grove
For 30 years, award-winning pianist/composer Andy Milne has collaborated with dancers, visual artists, poets and musicians spanning jazz, classical, pop, folk, and world music. With UNISON, enriched with creative insights from his multiple projects, Milne returns to his first love, exploring the intimacy of the piano trio. The synchronistic relationship Milne has enjoyed with bassist John Hébert since 2010 is matchlessly rounded out with drummer Clarence Penn, who represents complimentary threads within the fabric of Milne’s piano trio philosophy -- the intersection of texture and groove. In 2020, Sunnyside Records released UNISON’s debut, “The reMission” which won the 2021 JUNO Award for Jazz Album of the Year: Group. The recording also received widespread media praise.
Milne has collaborated with a range of artists including Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Andrew Cyrille, Sekou Sundiata, Avery Brooks, Bruce Cockburn, Fred Hersch, Ben Monder, Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson. He has composed, performed, and produced scores for seven films by acclaimed actor/director William Shatner and is a distinct and respected voice at the heart of New York’s creative jazz scene. Early in his career, Milne was at the center of the M-BASE Collective as a core member of saxophonist Steve Coleman’s bands during the 1990s. He is a Yamaha Artist and sought-after educator, serving as an assistant professor of music at The University of Michigan and the Assistant-Director at The School for Improvisational Music.
John Hébert has been a highly sought-after New York bassist since the mid-1990s. A former student of Rufus Reid, Hébert has collaborated extensively with pianists Fred Hersch and Andrew Hill. He has also performed with Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, John Abercrombie, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Motian, Uri Caine, Bill Stewart, Mary Halvorson, Tomasz Stanko, David
Liebman, and Toots Thielemans, among many others. He has been named multiple times as a “Rising Star Acoustic Bassist” in Downbeat’s Critics Poll, has received multiple Grammy nominations and is a full-time professor of bass at Western Michigan University.