The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is Wilmington’s premier event – the Largest FREE Jazz Festival on the East Coast – is now celebrating its 30th year. This week-long festival is an annual tribute to the late jazz trumpeter and Wilmingtonian Clifford Brown, who was born in 1930 on the east side of the City.
Also known as ‘Brownie,’ he died in 1956 at the age of 25 in a car accident, leaving behind only a few years’ worth of recordings. Brown had a considerable influence on later jazz trumpet players, including Sandoval, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Booker Little, and Freddie Hubbard. Brown wrote two compositions, "Joy Spring" and "Daahoud", which have become jazz standards.
The 2018 main stage DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival concerts will be held on Wednesday, June 20 through Saturday, June 23 in Rodney Square, with performances starting at 6 p.m. on the weekdays and at Noon on Saturday.
Wilmington will kick off Jazz Festival Week with “The Best of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts,” to be held on Sunday, June 17 at 7 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew and Matthew at 719 North Shipley Street. This performance will feature a jazz band, soloists, chorus and dancers under the musical direction of David Christopher.
Sunday, June 17, 7:00 pm
The Best of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts
The Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew and Matthew
719 Shipley Street
Monday, June 18, 5:30 pm
Clifford Brown Garden
16th and Clifford Brown Walk
Tuesday, June 19, 6:00 pm
Event to be announced
Saturday, June 23, Noon
Episcopal Church of Sts. Andrew and Matthew
719 Shipley Streets
“Newly Strung: Jazz String Compositions from the Next Generation”
Sunday June 24, 2:00 pm
Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency 2018 Graduates’ Concert
5th and Market Streets