Wilmington’s own Clifford Brown was a trumpeter, whose life tragically ended early one summer morning in 1956. It was the result of a car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which also claimed the life of promising young pianist Richie Powell. At the age of 25, Clifford Brown had already left an indelible mark on jazz.  At the festival, it has been commonplace to hear artists perform some of Clifford’s compositions or to hear the classic “I Remember Clifford” penned by Benny Golson as a remembrance of his friend and performed by Dizzy Gillespie. The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is our tribute to this great man and a way to keep his memory alive.

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Our staff has worked tirelessly over the past year to present amazing artists on our festival stage. From straight ahead, to Latin jazz, to neo-soul artist inspired by some of the most influential jazz artists of all time. This schedule to perform are the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band, Maya Belard0, the Delaware Jazz Alliance presents a Super group, Miles Jaye, Jibaro con Tumbao with Miguel Orlando, Adriel Gonzales, Nadjah Nicole, Saul Rubin TrioAniya Jazz, Kim Waters, Robert Glasper, with more to be announced

2016 Festival Schedule

Tues. 6/21

  • Maya Belardo
  • Gerald Chavis
  • Carlton Cannon
  • Tony “Big Cat” Smith
  • Dave Schiff
  • Dennis Fortune
  • Jeff Knoettner
  • Larry Williams
  • Tom Palmer
  • Farid Majeed

Wed. 6/22

Thurs. 6/23

  • Jibaro con Tumbao
  • Adriel Gonzales

Fri. 6/24

  • Nadjah Nicole
  • AniyaJazz

Sat. 6/25

  • Robert Glasper
  • Saul Rubin Trio
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith
  • Kim Waters


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Postponed until further notice.

It is with our sincerest apologies that our Sax in the City fundraiser will be postponed. We will hold this event at a future date. 

BlockPartyTitle Friday, June 24  |   9:30PM – 12:30AM
Between 8th and 10th on Market Sts

A festival isn’t compete without a party.  The Streets of Downtown Wilmington come alive at 9:30pm Friday night with the annual block party! Sponsored by Mayor Dennis P. Williams and the City of Wilmington, this event is one of the most memorable events happening during the Jazz Festival. With a live band, and DJ, we invite all to celebrate this summer festival free of charge. With Food Beer, and wine vendors on site, everyone can continue the festival party late into the evening.