There’s no chance of getting bored IN Wilmington this summer, because when one Festival Ends another Begins.  The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival begins Monday June 18th and runs through Sunday, June 24th. This festival began in 1989 in an effort to honor the late Wilmington Trumpetier, Clifford Brown.  Since then it has grown to be the Largest Free Jazz Festival on the East Coast according to Wikipedia.

World class musicians performing day and night. Arts & crafts vendors, delicious local food and refreshments available for purchase.  Bring a…

Chair!  Check out the schedule below as well as some rules, and parking information.  Click here for all the artists bios.


Schedule of Events

 Monday 6/18/12

6:00 PM Monty Alexander

8:00 PM All-Star Tribute to Lionel Hampton featuring Jason Marsalis, Candido, Robin Eubanks, Kevin Mahogany and Russell Gunn

Tues 6/19/12

6:00 PM Claudio Roditi Septet

8:00 PM Randy Weston’s African Rhythms

Wed 6/20/12

6:00 PM Steve Wilson with Strings

8:00 PM Christian McBride Big Band

Thurs 6/21/12

6:00 PM Winston Byrd Quintet

8:00 PM Ernie Watts Quintet

Fri 6/22/12

6:00 PM Valerie Capers

7:30 PM Special Awards Presentations and Performances

9:00 PM Jane Monheit with special guest Mark O’Connor

Sat 6/23/12

11:00 AM Warren Oree and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble Trio presents Jazz for Young Audiences at the Delaware Children’s Museum- FREE with DCM admission. The Delaware Children’s Museum is located on the Wilmington Riverfront at 550 Justison Street. Phone: (302) 654-2340

3:00 PM Aaron Walker & Spiritual Rhythms

5:00 PM All These Miles: The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble plays the music of Miles Davis

7:00 PM Hiromi: The Trio Project with Anthony Jackson & Simon Phillips

9:00 PM Dee Dee Bridgewater


2012 Lunch Time Concert Series

Mon 6/18/12

Noon to 1:30 PM H. B. DuPont Park W.E.S. Group

Willingtown Square Sharon Sable with Shawn Qaissaunee


Tues 6/19/12

Noon to 1:30 PM H. B. DuPont Park Radam Schwartz with Paul Galonsky

Willingtown Square Tony Smith

Wed 6/20/12

Noon to 1:30 PM H. B. DuPont Park Allyson Taylor

Willingtown Square Rob Swanson’s Terra Soul Project

The Grand Opera House Vox Prandium

Thurs 6/21/12

Noon to 1:30 PM H. B. DuPont Park Ms. Pat and Somethin’ Different

Willingtown Square Aniya

Fri 6/22/12

Noon to 1:30 PM H. B. DuPont Park Soul Fuego


Parking Information

FREE parking at the 8th & Orange Street surface parking (Wilmington Parking Authority) lot weekdays after 5 pm and all day Saturday.

Flat rate of $4 to park in the HyPark Garage (Colonial Parking) on the 900 block of Orange & 900 block of Shipley Streets (an entrance on both streets). The rate is good after 5 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday.

Metered parking is free after 6 pm on weekdays and all day on the weekends.

Here are some tips to make your festival experience more enjoyable:

Please note: for insurance purposes, we will not be able to allow outside alcohol to be brought into the venue. As always, alcohol will be available for purchase. Please note: coolers and backpacks may be searched on entrance to park.

There are benches in the park which offer very limited seating. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Bringing your own refreshments is not prohibited; however, we encourage festival guests to enjoy the variety of food & beverages available for sale from our vendors. Proceeds from these sales go to support the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival.

No glass is permitted in the park.

Please keep pets at home.