34th Annual

August 4 – 8, 2021 | Rodney Square | Wilmington, DE

Presented by
Official Festival Hotel


34th Annual

August 4 – 8, 2021 | Rodney Square | Wilmington, DE

To our sponsors, supporters, and fans

THANK YOU! See you in 2022!

Presented by

CBJF Livestream


5:30 p.m.

Terell Stafford

7:15 p.m.

Jazzmeia Horn

9:00 p.m.

Kirk Whalum



Kirk Whalum


Eric Benet


Dianne Reeves


Kenny Barron


Raphael Xavier
The Musician
& The Mover


Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency


Chien Chien Lu

Gerald Veasley


The Tribute Legacy Band of Grover Washington


Jane Bunnett & Maqueque


Jazzmeia Horn


Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino Duo



Lakecia Benjamin


Malina Moye


Terell Stafford

Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science

Jazz Vocal Workshop with Ms. Dianne Reeves

Friday, August 6
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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Join us for a behind-the-scenes peek at rehearsal for the 34th Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival followed by a vocal workshop/conversation with five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves. Selected participants will receive a performance assessment by Ms. Reeves at the workshop.

Limited spots available

Brought to you with generous support by the City of Wilmington, Cityfest, the Christina Cultural Arts Foundation, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Jazz Vocal Workshop with Ms. Dianne Reeves

How many artists can you name from previous years?



Winners receive:

  • 2021 Clifford Brown Jazz Festival t-shirt and hat
  • $100 Gift Card to downtown Wilmington or Riverfront restaurant
  • 16” x 20” print of one of the exhibit photos
  • Choice of one night stay (8/4/2021 -8/7/2021) at The Sheraton Suites Downtown Wilmington

Winner will be announced from the main stage on festival opening night (Wednesday, August 4, 2021) Winner does not need to be present at CBJF on opening night to win! Winner will be contacted by email. Winner will be selected by random from the pool of entrants with the most correct answers.

*Winner must provide valid ID and telephone number to be awarded hotel accommodations. One night room and taxes only are included. Room can accommodate up to 4 guests. Incidental charges are the responsibility of the winner. Credit card and valid ID will be required at check-in.

Where to Stay

Sheraton Suites Wilmington DowntownOfficial Festival Hotel
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422 Delaware Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 654-8300

Jazz Festival Rates
$139/night King Suite
$159/night Double Suite

Grab ‘n go breakfast included in room rates

Book by July 23, 2021. Rates are available from August 4 to August 9, 2021.

DoubleTree by Hilton logoBOOK YOUR STAY
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700 N. King Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 655-0400

Jazz Festival Rate

Book by July 15, 2021. The rate is available from August 4 to August 9, 2021.

The Westin Wilmington logoBOOK YOUR STAY
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818 Shipyard Drive
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: (302) 654-2900

Jazz Festival Rate

Book by July 23, 2021. The rate is available from August 1 to August 11, 2021.

Hyatt Place Wilmington Riverfront logoBOOK YOUR STAYHyatt Place Wilmington Riverfront Exterior
Hyatt Place Wilmington Riverfront
760 S. Justison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 803-5888

Jazz Festival Rate
$149/night King/Queen

Book by July 14, 2021. The rate is available from August 1 to August 11, 2021.

Hotel duPoint logoBOOK YOUR STAY
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42 W. 11th Street at 11th & Market Streets
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: (302) 594-3100

Jazz Festival Rate
(excludes taxes & fees)

Book by July 21, 2021.

Rodney Square

1000 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE

Getting to Rodney Square

Rodney Square located in Wilmington, Delaware is about two hours south of New York and 1.5 hours from Washington, D.C. Get directions to Rodney Square in Wilmington from your location.


There is limited on-site/street car parking available at Rodney Square. If you are unable to find parking on the street near Rodney Square, please explore one of the many affordable parking lots within walking distance of the Square. 


The Rodney Square main stage viewing area is uncovered and includes a large general seating area on both the grass and stairs of Rodney Square. Patrons may bring blankets or low-backed lawn chairs (maximum 30”) for lawn seating areas. No tents are allowed in lawn seating areas.


Seal of the City of Wilmington, Delaware

Delmarva, An Exelon Company
WRTI 90.1 FM
Kenny Family Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 
National Endowment for the Arts
Delaware Division of the Arts
Christina Cultural Arts Center
Delaware Art Museum
New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Hotel duPont
Westin Hotel Riverfront
Doubletree Hotel Downtown Wilmington 
Colonial Parking


What time does everything open?

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday show begins at 5:30 PM
Saturday show begins at 1 PM

Food vendors open at 12 noon

Times are subject to change. Sign up for the email list to be notified of any changes.

Where can I buy official merchandise?

Bring a piece of the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival home with you. Official Clifford Brown Jazz Festival merchandise is available for purchase under the merchandise tent.

What is allowed into the festival?

  • Only one small hand held cooler (no larger than 16? x 12?)
  • An individual blanket (Maximum size 6’ x 8?)
  • Strollers that are reasonably sized and do not obstruct the view of others
  • Low-backed chairs (under 30?) 
  • Cameras are permitted but cannot be used to reproduce the event and must not interfere with other fans’ enjoyment of the festival (AUDIO RECORDING IS NOT ALLOWED)
  • Good attitude
  • Open mind
  • Love of music

What is prohibited?

  • Alcoholic beverages, illegal substances of any kind, firearms, noise-making devices, laser pointers, knives, box cutters, tools of any kind (including Leathermen) pepper spray, Mace, or any kind of item that could be used as a weapon. Beverages in plastic bottles or cans must be factory-sealed.
  • Flag poles
  • Commercial audiovisual equipment
  • Tents, chairs with roofs over 30”, umbrellas and shade structures are prohibited in lawn seating areas.
  • Beach umbrellas or beach balls (because they could end up in the bay and hurt the wildlife)
  • No chairs over 30” are allowed and no chairs under 30” are allowed in the “no chair zones.”
  • No pets

Is there camping onsite?

Sorry, camping is not available at Rodney Square but there are plenty of hotels not far from the festival grounds. Also, check out Visit Wilmington for additional places to stay and play in Wilmington.


Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Accreditation

Thank you for your interest in covering the 2019 Clifford Brown Jazz Festival! Please send all press and media inquiries to cityfest@WilmingtonDE.gov. Press registration is open through June 12, 2019. After this date, no submissions will be considered. You will be notified of your application status by June 15, 2019.

Please note the following:

  • By requesting a press/media credential, you agree to all terms and conditions set forth by the City of Wilmington Division of Cultural Affairs
  • The Festival reserves the right to approve or deny accreditation. The decision is final and cannot be appealed.
  • You will be notified regarding the status of your application by June 15th. If your application is approved, we will send you specific details regarding your credential and the press offerings at the Festival.
  • Walk-up requests for press credentials will not be granted.
  • If you are a freelance journalist, you must be on assignment from a media outlet. Photographers must also be on assignment. Spec photography, portfolio photography, and personal website photography are not valid assignments. If you are a freelance journalist or photographer, you must be on assignment from a publication and provide an official letter of assignment on company letterhead.
  • We will only credential photographers with SLR, detachable lens cameras. Point-and-shoot cameras will not be permitted in the photo pits.
  • The Media Pass gives you access to the festival and into the Media Lounge only. The Press Pass gives you access into the festival, into the Media Lounge, and into the photo pits at the discretion of the Office of Cultural Affairs staff.

Additionally, if you are approved for press/media credentials we ask that photos of the full festival be taken (artist, audience, vending stations, etc).

Lastly, you may be required to sign a release of liability and/or a photo release prior to receiving your credentials.

For all press and media questions please email cityfest@WilmingtonDE.gov with “Press Question” in the subject line.