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Mayor Purzycki, Cultural Affairs Director Betz Announce the Return of the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival to a Rejuvenated Rodney Square

Updated July 22, 2021
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The 34th Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival was announced by Mayor Mike Purzycki and City Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz. It is Wilmington’s premier music event, the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast and in tribute to Wilmington’s Clifford Brown. The festival is undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation to make it attractive for residents and visitors.  

After being virtual in 2020 it will return to Rodney Square this year. The main stage concerts in Rodney Square will be held on Wednesday, August 4 through Sunday August 8 at 5:30 pm on weekdays, 12 pm on Saturday and 1 pm on Sunday. This is a free festival that is open to the public, but will follow whatever COVID-19 restrictions are in place during the time of the Festival.

“After more than three decades, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival stands as the crown jewel of Wilmington’s expanding music festival scene,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We adjusted for the pandemic last summer, but Tina and I can’t wait to welcome residents and visitors back to the beautiful, historic Rodney Square for some of the best jazz music around. While at the festival, I urge attendees to visit the many shops and restaurants in the surrounding Downtown District, which are returning to normal as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and more and more people continue to get vaccinated.”

The performers and their bios for the 2021 Jazz Festival are available on their website. Visit the Festival Facebook and click here for more information.

Check out the schedule below.

The 2021 Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Event Schedule

Wednesday, August 4

Terell Stafford

Jazzmeia Horn

Kirk Whalum

Thursday, August 5

Malina Moye

Lakecia Benjamin

Eric Benet

Friday, August 6

Grover Washington, Jr. Legacy Band

Gerald Veasley

Dianne Reeves with John Beasley, Romero Lubambo, Reuben Rogers and Terreon Gully

Saturday, August 7

Jennifer Hartswick and Nick Cassarino Duo

Chien Chien Lu

Clifford Brown Festival Orchestra featuring Maya Belardo, Nadjah Nicole, Darnell Miller, Jackie Browne, Tony “Big Cat” Smith, Skip Bordley and Stacy Harcum along with the members of the orchestra.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science with special guest Ms. Lisa Fischer

Kenny Barron Trio

Sunday, August 8

Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency Graduates’ Concert

Raphael Xavier’s: The Musician & The Mover

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