On Wednesday, Jun. 20 – Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018 Rodney square will be engulfed in a sea of saxophone and a triumph of trumpets as it welcomes the 30th annual DuPont Clifford Brown Festival. The festival is held in remembrance of our city’s own Clifford Brown, an esteemed trumpeter, and to celebrate his lifelong work. It is one of the largest Jazz Festivals on the east coast and hosts a large docket of great jazz musicians for three days of rhythm, blues and jazz along with Wilmington’s finest food and beverages! A Wilmington tradition you won’t want to miss and best of all it’s FREE to attend.
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The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is the largest, multi-day, free, outdoor music festival on the East Coast. Taking place in downtown Wilmington. At this festival, artists have performed some of Clifford’s great work. Past festival patrons have heard artists like Chic Corea, Jerry Gonzalez, Pete Escovedo and his orchestra, KEM, Jonathan Butler, Lalath Hathaway, Kirk Whalum, Rick Braun, and Norman Brown.
Wilmington’s own Clifford Brown was a trumpeter, whose life tragically ended early one summer morning in 1956. The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is Wilmington’s tribute to a great man and his legacy. This year marks the 29th Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and the 61st anniversary of his passing.
Each year, the City of Wilmington and its residents remember Clifford, a most brilliant trumpet player, unforgettable composer and dynamic entertainer whose name and legacy is celebrated through the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. A legend whose work offers us a moment to laugh, dance, sing, eat, love and experience the ultimate joy music brings to us always.
Rodney Square is located at 1000 N Market St Wilmington, Delaware. Rodney Square has been considered as the heart of downtown Wilmington since the early 20th century. The festival at Rodney Square features our mainstage, beer and wine and a number of community displays.