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Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Largest FREE jazz festival on the East Coast

This week-long festival is an annual tribute to the late jazz trumpeter and Wilmingtonian Clifford Brown, who was born in 1930 on the East Side of the city. Also known as ‘Brownie,’ he died in 1956 at the age of 25 in a car accident, leaving behind only a few years’ worth of recordings. Brown, whose compositions, "Joy Spring" and "Daahoud", have become jazz standards, has had a considerable influence on later jazz trumpet players.

On Rodney Square's Main Stage:

Quincy Jones presents the Alfredo Rodriguez Trio
Spanish Harlem Orchestra
Pablo Batista’s Latin Jazz Ensemble with Special Guest Nestor Torres

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