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Artist and Program Updates Announced for the 29th Annual DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Post Date:06/13/2017 3:50 PM

The largest, free jazz festival on the east coast will be held on June 21, 22, 23, 24 in Wilmington’s Rodney Square

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, and the City’s Acting Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz, today announced additional details regarding the 2017 DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival (DCBJF) to be held on Wednesday, June 21 through Saturday, June 24 in Rodney Square. This will be the 29th year of Wilmington’s premier event, which is the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast.

Additional artists joining this year’s lineup include Karen Rodriguez, who will open Thursday evening’s Latin Jazz programming, and Rob Zinn who will perform after the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band on Saturday. Tina Betz also announced today a surprise special guest artist, R&B vocalist, Marsha Ambrosius, who will take the stage Friday evening around 9 p.m. The complete festival schedule of performances and artist bios is available at

“Clifford Brown’s musical legacy is a treasure that Wilmington has rightfully protected and celebrated for many years,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We will be forever grateful for what Clifford Brown taught musicians throughout the world, and for what he has done for music lovers as expressed through his annual jazz festival in Wilmington. We are proud to preserve his memory in Wilmington in such an entertaining and fulfilling way.”

This year, the festival will feature performances starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The festival will also feature the return of the Silver Trumpet Block Party on Friday evening that will begin at the end of the Rodney Square stage performances. The post-festival party will take place in the 800 block of Market Street.  Visitors and residents alike are encouraged to visit two public art displays dedicated to

Wilmington’s jazz legend Clifford Brown. Twin Oblelisks is located on Clifford Brown Walk and Clifford Brown with Trumpet in Kirkwood Park—both of which are in the east side of the City.

Also announced for this year, is a collaborative project between the CBJF and the Light Up the Queen Foundation's Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency Program. With a core mission of music education, the residency program honors Robert "Boysie" Lowery, who taught music to young artists, including Clifford Brown. It identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artists/composers ages 17 to 25 who are invited to Wilmington for a summer residency. The program culminates in two, free public performances on Saturday, June 24 with the Delaware Chamber Music Festival at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 719 North Shipley Street, and the Graduates' Final Concert on Sunday, June 25, at the Queen Theater, 500 N. Market Street. For more information, visit

One of the Boysie Lowery residency students, Isabel Crespo, a United States-born Costa Rican-Ecuadorian jazz vocalist, composer, arranger, and educator will perform at the Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz festival on Wednesday night. She will join Gerald Chavis and the Clifford Brown Tribute Big Band to perform "I Remember Clifford." For more information about Isabel Crespo, visit

About Clifford Brown and the Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival 

Presented by Cityfest, the jazz festival is an annual tribute, free of charge, to tens of thousands of city residents and visitors, to the late jazz trumpeter and Wilmingtonian, Clifford Brown, who was born in 1930 on the east side of Wilmington. Each year, the City of Wilmington and its residents remember a most brilliant trumpet player, unforgettable composer and dynamic entertainer whose name and legacy we celebrate with the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in downtown Wilmington’s, Rodney Square.   

For more information about this news release, contact:

John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications
Office of Mayor Michael S. Purzycki
Mobile: (302) 420-7928

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