Wilmington, DE – The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is a free, week-long, outdoor music festival held in Rodney Square in the heart of downtown Wilmington.
It honors the memory of jazz legend trumpeter Clifford Brown, whose life tragically ended early one summer morning in 1956, as a result of a car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which also claimed the life of promising young pianist Richie Powell.
At 25, he had already left an indelible mark on jazz.
At the festival, it has been commonplace to hear artists perform some of Clifford’s work or to hear the classic “I Remember Clifford” by Benny Golson, originally penned as a remembrance of his friend.
2008 marked the twentieth year of a multi-day jazz festival in downtown Wilmington, and since its inception in 1989 we have worked hard to bring world-class musicians to Wilmington in the month of June.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Clifford’s birth (he was born on October 30, 1930), the State of Delaware created an historic landmark in Wilmington.
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