Interview with Pia Andersen (Sydney)
Jazz, swing and barrelhouse blues
This is the second of three interviews I did one steamy summer evening in Sydney earlier this year when I found myself strangely at a loose end at The Star Casino in Sydney. This is not a regular haunt for me and so to discover the Rock Lily venue down one end of the gaming floor was trés welcome.
While the crowd was modest to start with, a healthy dance-floor-full of swing dancers materialised as Pia Andersen and Her Lonesome Playboys took the stage and the music started.
It was a visually and musically arresting performance and I took the opportunity to interview Pia and sax player Frank Bennett afterwards: