DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival 2014
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DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival 2014

Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Rodney Square
39.746105, -75.546918 (View Map)
4 Days (Sun, 18 Jun 2017 - Wed, 21 Jun 2017)
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With audiences in excess of 35,000 each year, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is now known to be one of the largest free jazz festivals on the East Coast of the USA. It’s been going strong since 1989 and is held in memory of Clifford Brown to died in a tragic car accident in 1956 at age 25 alongside his friend and promising pianist Richie Powell.

Free jazz festivals are always great, especially when they are hosted outside. Organizers of the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival have worked hard over the years to host the event each year and it shows. Each year a host of internationally renowned performers come to Wilmington, Delaware to entertain audiences and play in memory of one of the jazz trumpeters, Clifford Brown. On an average year you can expect to see around 20 artists performing. In the past, Herbie Hancock, David Snaborn, Sonny Rollings and Wynton Marsallis have all performed here.

A suitable festival for the whole family held over 4 days, this year from the 18th-21st of June. If you can make it I would highly recommend going.


Clifford Brown

Clifford Brown

The festival was founded in 1956 in memory of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown who died from a car crash in the early hours one summer morning. Whilst only 25 years of age, Clifford Brown was seen by many to be one of the great jazz trumpeters of his time, up there with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis.

Brown was born in Wilminton, Delaware in 1930.

The 2013 festival celebrated the 25th anniversary of the festival.

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Lineup & Schedule

The 2014 DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival lineup has not yet been announced (expected mid May).

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The 2013 Clifford Brown Jazz Fest lineup was as follows:

Pedrito Martinez Group
Lalah Hathaway
The W. E. S. Group
To the Maxx
United Trumpet Summit – featuring: Randy Brecker, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Dave Douglas & Riley Mullins
Buster Williams Quartet “Something More.” with Patrice Rushen, Cindy Blackman Santana and Stefon Harris
Benny Golson Quartet
BWB – Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown
Jessy J

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There are no tickets for the Clifford Brown Jazz Fest as it is a completely free event.


Ariel View Rodney Square Wilmington

Ariel View Rodney Square Wilmington

The venue for this years DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is in Rodney Square in the heart of downtown Wilmington, Delaware (USA).

Address: 11th & Market Streets
Wilmington DE 19801
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There are a small number of benches available for the audience but it is recommended to bring your own chair and or blanket

Parking is available at this years festival both paid and free. Free parking can be found at 8th & Orange Street courtesy of Wilmington Parking Authority and is available after 5pm and all day Saturday. If you can’t find a space there, consider going to HyPark Garage on 900 block of Orange and Shipley Streets and pay a day rate of $4.00.

Food & Drinks

Caprice Bistro - Maybe the best place to eat in Wilmington?

Caprice Bistro – Maybe the best place to eat in Wilmington?

You are not allowed to bring alcohol into the festival grounds from outside but alcohol is available for purchase at the venue. You can bring your own food and drinks (picnic style) into the festival grounds if you wished but management may search your cooler upon entrance into the grounds. The festival encourages people to buy food from the vendors inside the venue grounds as all proceedings go towards the festival.

If you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat in and around the festival period but want to go outside of the festival grounds then I would recommend checking out reviews and prices of Wilmington Restaurants here on Urban Spoon.

Flights & Transportation


The closest international airport to Wilmington, Delaware is the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL).

Distance from Philadelphia Airport to Rodney Square, Wilmington is 35 Kilometers (21 miles).

Currently 16 airlines operate from Philadelphia International Airport, including:

Qatar Airways (Cheapest)
Virgin Atlantic (2nd Cheapest)
Lufthansa (3rd Cheapest)

To get the best flight deals I would use SkyScanner‘s official search widget below.

Ground transport options from Philadelphia Airport.

Hotels & Accommodation

The cheapest hotel and accommodation options I could find in and around Wilmington during the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (mid June) are shown below (Click HERE for a complete list).

*** Hotel prices rise exponentially as you get closer to the festival dates. Book early to avoid disappointment. ***

Hotels Combined
Easily the Nicest hotel in Wilmington

Easily the Nicest hotel in Wilmington

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I would recommend checking Wilmington hotel reviews on TripAdvisor prior to placing any booking. Alternatively, why don’t you try something different and rent someones apartment during the festival period at AirBnB?! Click here for a free £15 credit towards your first booking!

Wilmington KOA Campsite

Wilmington KOA Campsite

Note that there is NO TENT CAMPING at the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. However, if you really did want to camp, either in a tent or your RV/Motorhome, then you can check out the nearby facilities at Wilmington KOA it seems to be a popular campsite according to the numerous 5-star reviews at


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Outside of the Festival

If you’re coming from afar to visit the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival then you might want to take a few days out and experience the other highlights that Delaware has to offer. I’ve put together a small personalized list of the best things to do in Wilmington whilst your here, Enjoy!

Grand Opera House, Wilmington

Take a trip to the Grand Opera House to see some theater, musical or more live music. The acoustics are fantastic and you really can’t find a bad seat. You’re able to take drinks to your seats and most of the restaurants are nearby so you could really make a good evening.

Nemours Mansion and Gardens

Nemours Mansion and Gardens

Nemours Mansion and Gardens

The Nemours Mansion and Gardens is a 300-acre country estate which is beautifully furnished and recently renovated. The ceilings are covered in artwork and the internal decor is fantastic. Guides are available (and recommended) if you really wanted to get the most out of your trip here. Definitely one of the better things to do whilst your in Wilmington.

Frawley Stadium

Frawley Stadium

Frawley Stadium

The Frawley Stadium opened in 1993 and is the home field for the Wilmington Blue Rocks minor league baseball team. If you’re into sport and haven’t been to a baseball match for a while then this is a great opportunity to do so. It’s cheap, suitable for all ages and every seat has a good view of the action. Open afternoons and evenings. If you can go on Friday evening then you’ll likely see some fireworks at the end of the match.

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Post last updated by Paul Thomson on May 19, 2014
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