26 August 2020

Agrell's 'Blues for DD'

Welcome to our Sydney Symphony jazz bar!

This week, our Principal Oboe Diana Doherty welcomes you to her home. Playing a piece written for her by composer Jeffrey Agrell, Diana is joined by Kees Boersma on double bass and Mark Robinson on drums and percussion.


“I’ve always loved jazz and wished I could play it. So in 1993 when I discovered that my very talented friend and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra colleague, Jeffrey Agrell, was also quietly composing jazz-inspired pieces for classical wind players, I asked (well, begged) him if he could write something for me too. He very kindly did, and "Blues for DD” was born.

“Fast-forward a few years, and the piece has now been played by many people, in many arrangements. This incarnation in collaboration with my fabulous Sydney Symphony colleagues Mark and Kees has been so much fun to put together!

“Thanks again Jeff, you’re a gem.” – Diana Doherty