Returning to downtown Wilmington, Delaware, the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary June 19 to 22, 2013. The largest festivals of its kind on the east coast boasts a mix of traditional jazz performances punctuated by fusion, funk, blues and rock.

Sponsored by the DuPont Company and the City of Wilmington, the festival is free, open to the public and held in Rodney Square in the heart of Downtown Wilmington. This four-day celebration traditionally brings some of the most exciting personalities in jazz to the stage. This year's headliners are Benny Golson and the Benny Golson Quartet, the Buster Williams Quartet, To the Maxx, BWB, the Pedrito Martinez Group and Lalah Hathaway.


The festival is a tribute to talented trumpeter and Wilmington native, Clifford Brown. By the age of 25, Brown had already made an impact on the music world, playing with Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker and Max Roach. He seemed destined to join the ranks of jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie. Brown's untimely death in a car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 1956 abruptly ended a promising career.

Two receptions with live music and refreshments are scheduled following the performances on Friday and Saturday evening. Both receptions are free and open to the public.

Hotel packages for the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival are available, as well as companion fare discounts from Amtrak.

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