The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is a tribute to Clifford Brown, one of the premier jazz trumpeters of his time, and a way to keep his memory alive.
Wilmington’s own Clifford Brown was a trumpeter, whose life tragically ended early one summer morning in 1956. Wilmington is the largest city in the state of Delaware, United States, and is located at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine Creek, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River.
DUPONT CLIFFORD BROWN JAZZ FESTIVAL
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.
Poised to take his place among the premier jazz trumpeters of his time such as Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie come to mind.
His legacy lives on and we are proud to acknowledge Clifford Brown as one of Wilmington, Delaware’s most influential and prodigious talents.
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.
The first festival was held in 1989 on the open lawn in the center of the city, and has grown into the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast.
2008 marked the twentieth year of this a multi-day jazz festival in downtown Wilmington, and since its inception in 1988 we have worked hard to bring world-class musicians to the stage each and every June.
2013 was the 25th Anniversary of the festival. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Clifford’s birth (October 30, 1930), the State of Delaware created an historic landmark in Wilmington called the Clifford Brown Walk.
DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival
11th & Market Streets
Wilmington DE 19801