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29th DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

This evening's lineup features:

  • 2017 Clifford Brown Tribute Band with Gerald Chavis — The 2017 Clifford Brown Tribute Band consists of some of the most sought-after musicians in the Delaware region. Hailing from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Delaware, the collective experiences and work history of the band includes performances and recordings with luminaries from Mick Jagger to Chick Corea to Boyz To Men, and many, many more. Most band members are actively nurturing the next generation of jazz musicians. Notable performers include saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, a Philadelphia native currently residing in New York City. Jaleel is one of the last students of the renowned teacher, Robert ‘Boysie’ Lowery, who is best known for teaching Clifford Brown. Jaleel is recognized by many jazz publications as one of the top saxophonists on the scene today.
  • Alicia Olatuja — Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage”, Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, while performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s Second Inauguration. Shortly thereafter, she assembled her own jazz based ensemble and recorded her first solo album.
  • Theo Croker — Trumpeter, composer, and arranger Theo Croker is an adventurous musician whose adept skills find him at home whether playing standards, swinging post-bop, or more groove-oriented electric jazz. A native of Leesburg, Florida, Croker is the grandson of the late great jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham. He began playing trumpet around age 11 after hearing Cheatham play in New York City, and by his teens was studying music at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2009 he released his sophomore album, In the Tradition, which paid tribute to Cheatham. Croker released his third solo album, the Dee Dee Bridgewater-produced Afro Physicist on OKeh Records.

The complete festival schedule of performances is available at: www.cliffordbrownjazzfest.com

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