City of Wilmington Celebrates 25th Anniversary of the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Posted on  06/25/2013 3:20 pm

BWB (featuring Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown) performs at the 2013 DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival.

Wednesday, June 19th through Saturday, June 22nd, the City of Wilmington celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the annual DuPont® Clifford Brown Jazz Festival and hosted some of the largest crowds in Jazz Fest history. 

The Jazz Festival, which is a signature event for the City, is recognized for bringing world class artists to perform in downtown Wilmington, and has received notoriety as one of the largest free music festivals on the East Coast.

This year’s Jazz Festival featured top jazz artists such as: Benny Golson, The Buster Williams Quartet (featuring: Buster Williams; Patrice Rushen; Stefon Harris and Cindy Blackman-Santana), BWB (featuring: Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown), and Lalah Hathaway.

“Clifford Brown is a jazz legend, so we will continue celebrating his legacy by hosting the DuPont® Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, and introducing new generations to his music,” said Mayor Dennis P. Williams. “But the Jazz Festival could not be successful without the support from the community, so a special thank you to all those who attended the Festival from near and far.”

Two new additions to the DuPont® Clifford Brown Jazz Festival were Friday night’s Silver Trumpet Reception and Sunday’s Jazz Brunch.

The Silver Trumpet Reception was an outdoor block party on Market Street between 8th and 10th Streets. More than 300 people danced on Market Street into late hours of the night, as the block party featured live music and performances by bands JD3 and To The Maxx.

The Jazz Brunch, hosted at Chelsea’s Tavern, allowed almost 100 guests to enjoy brunch while listening to live music performed by artists E. Shawn Qaissaunee and Sharon Sable.

In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the DuPont® Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the Division of Communications and Cultural Affairs raffled off autographed instruments that were signed by the performing artists. The instruments included: a microphone signed by Lalah Hathaway, electric guitar signed by Kirk Whalum, a trumpet and saxophone signed by all three members of BWB, and a set of drumsticks signed by Cindy Blackman-Santana.

“The DuPont® Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is a staple of Wilmington arts culture and history, but we wanted to bring a new energy and feel,” said Ken Briscoe, Director of Communications and Cultural Affairs. “It was exciting to see crowds of thousands and thousands of people enjoying the music in Rodney Square. What better way to celebrate the festival’s 25th anniversary.”