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.
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 Trio, Aniya Jazz, Kim Waters, Robert Glasper, with more to be announced
Thursday, June 23 | 9:30PM – 1:00AM
Location Chase Center on the Riverfront
Sax in the City is our Annual Summer Festival Season Fundraiser.
This our way of celebrating the beginning of the City of Wilmington’s amazing summer events season. We provide amazing food, wine, and spirits samplings. Great live music, an amazing silent auctions of rare and city owned items. Ticket price is $25 and all proceeds goto programing cultural events, and festivals for the City of Wilmington.
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.