Held in Rodney Square, in the middle of downtown Wilmington’s business district, the annual jazz festival draws around 40-thousand people to Delaware, according to the City of Wilmington’s Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz.
“The festival draws from all around the region, in fact all around the United States. And some people even come from different parts of the world to this festival,” said Betz.
The eclectic lineup, Betz says, offers something for everyone, featuring artists like The Avery Sharpe Quintet and Take 6, just two of a dozen musicians in a lineup that showcases different jazz textures like jazz pop, experimental and smooth jazz.
“Programming the festival is very, very important and we’re really glad that we have a week to do it because we can explore the many different genres of jazz within the jazz genre,” said Betz.
In addition to the music, Betz hopes the festival will also serve as a jumping point for the tens of thousands of people visiting downtown.
“This year, the emphasis is on coming to Rodney Square, but then also getting outside of Rodney Square to enjoy other offerings that we have in the City of Wilmington,” said Betz.
The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival runs from June 20-26th and is free and open to the public.