Wilmington’s Clifford Brown Jazz Festival will live-stream this week

As a growing list of concerts and festivals are being canceled or postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Wilmington’s premier annual summer jazz festival has found a way to connect with audiences where they are.

The 33rd Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival will be live-streamed from a local music studio next week over four days — Wednesday, June 24 through Saturday, June 27th. 


The city’s first virtual jazz festival includes a robust line-up of 15 groups featuring 80 local and regional artists. Sets begin at 7 pm the first three nights and 3 pm on Saturday. Tune in to Facebook, YouTube and local tv stations listed below.

The concert is free, but donations are accepted. A portion of contributions to Cityfest, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit, will be directed to a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help local musicians affected by the coronavirus pandemic.


Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz said for the first time, the festival may even reach new audiences who haven’t had the chance to visit the Rodney Square event.

The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is an annual tribute to the late jazz trumpter Clifford Brown, who was born on Wilmington’s Eastside in 1930. Considered one of the 20th century’s greatest trumpet players, Brown died at the age of 25 in a car accident. His works still have considerable influence on jazz trumpeters today. 

Clifford Brown Jazz Festival - Rodney Square

One of the most popular jazz festivals on the East Coast, the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival – staged in Wilmington’s Rodney Square – will move online this year

2020 Performance Lineup for the 33rd Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
7 pm – Pre-festival event featuring the Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency Program and graduates

Thursday, June 25, 2020
7 pm – Arturo Stable Quartet    
8:10 pm – Sharon Sable Quintet      
9:20 pm – Cintron                       

Friday, June 26, 2020
7 pm  – Gerald Chavis Quintet         
8:05 pm – Mike Boone Quartet 
9:10 pm – Barbara Walker              
10:15 pm – Jonathan Barber & Vision Ahead          


Saturday, June 27, 2020
3 pm  – Vertical Current                  
4:05 pm – “Voices for Healing” with Raye Jones Avery
4:55 pm – Terra Soul Project           
6 pm – Dennis Fortune                     
7:05 pm – The Whitney Project       
8:10 pm – Korey Riker Band            
 9:15 pm – Fostina Dixon & the Winds of Change     
10:30 pm – Jeff Bradshaw Band      

The city offers special thanks to Delmarva Power, ShopRite and the Kenny Family Foundation, Ken-Del Studios, DETV Channel 28, and Wilmington City Council’s WITN Channel 22.

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The managing editor of TownSquareDelaware.com, Christy Fleming also supports a variety of non-profit initiatives in Delaware. Her background includes positions in public relations, advertising and journalism.

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