The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival returns to Wilmington on June 21 thru June 25. The festival traditionally showcases the most celebrated jazz performers. It’s one of the largest festivals of its kind on the East Coast and draws audiences in excess of 35,000 every year for a mix of traditional jazz performances punctuated by fusion, funk, blues and rock.
The festival is a tribute to talented trumpeter and Wilmington native, Clifford Brown. By the age of 25, Brown had already made an impact on the music world, playing with Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker and Max Roach. Brown’s death in a car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 1956 abruptly ended his promising career.
Sponsored by the DuPont Company and the City of Wilmington, the five-day festival is free and held rain or shine in Rodney Square in the heart of Downtown Wilmington. For additional information including updates, schedules and events, go to www.CliffordBrownJazzFest.org.