Wilmington’s DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival this year extends beyond the boundaries of Rodney Square with several of the festival headliners performing free concerts and musical workshops at various community locations on Saturday.


Most people associate the annual DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival with the nightly free concerts performed on the big stage in the center of Downtown Wilmington.

Well, this year’s edition of Wilmington’s signature event extends beyond the boundaries of Rodney Square with several of the festival headliners performing free concerts and musical workshops at various community locations on Saturday, the final day of the festival, city spokesman Rich Neumann said.

“For 23 years, the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival has entertained hundreds of thousands of Wilmington residents and visitors with free concerts by some of the biggest names in jazz,” Wilmington’s Director of Cultural Affairs Tina Betz said. “In fact, Wilmington has become synonymous with jazz among music aficionados thanks to Clifford Brown’s legacy as well as through our Clifford Brown Year Round Series of jazz concerts at the Grand.

"One of the ways we continue to build our city’s reputation as a jazz mecca is through our ever expanding efforts to bring the transformative power of jazz to all ages and populations," she said. "This year several of our talented musicians are even taking time away from their performance schedule to interact directly with the Wilmington community in more intimate settings.”

Here's the lineup:

10 a.m. Rene Marie at Emmanuel Dining Room (121 N. Jackson Street). One of the performers stepping outside of Rodney Square at this year’s DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is jazz vocalist Rene Marie, who will host a community talk and concert at the Emmanuel Dining Room (121 N. Jackson Street) beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Marie is no stranger to charitable causes; the formerly homeless Colorado resident recently recorded and produced a single at her own expense and donated all proceeds from its sale to homeless charities. Marie will later perform in Rodney Square at 5:00 p.m. with her “Voice of My Beautiful Country Tour” featuring Marie on vocals, Kevin Bales on piano, Kevin Hamilton on bass, and Quentin Baxter on drums.

1 p.m. Rufus Reid Master Class at Christina Cultural Arts Center (705 N. Market Street). Jazz bassist Rufus Rein and the Out Front Trio makes understanding jazz in all its genres easy and fun for jazzers and novice music lovers alike! Using one well-known standard song, Reid and his trio will demonstrate how and why the same tune easily morphs from one jazz genre to the next. Audience participation is encouraged, and Reid will happily answer audience questions.

Reid will perform on the Rodney Square stage Saturday night at 7 p.m. with the slightly larger Out Front Quintet (Rufus Reid on bass, Steve Allee on piano, Duduka da Fonseca on drums, Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, and J.D. Allen on tenor sax).

1 p.m. Peanut Butter Jam ‘n Jazz with JazzReach at World Café Live (500 N. Market Street):
“Hangin’ With the Giants” (aimed at children in grades three through six). Join JazzReach—the nationally recognized New York City-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, performance, creation and teaching of jazz music—for an afternoon of fun, learning and music. Hangin' with the Giants is a fun, high-energy program designed to promote the inclusiveness and accessibility of jazz while highlighting the legacies and music of some of the art form's central contributors.

Staged as a late night talk show, Hangin' with the Giants features animated likenesses of jazz greats, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk as show guests and offers numerous opportunities for students to interact and participate.

2:45 p.m. Peanut Butter Jam ‘n Jazz with JazzReach at World Café Live(500 N. Market Street):  “Big Drum, Small World” (aimed at children from kindergarten through 4th grade). FREE and open to the public.This immersive, globally themed multi-media program features performances of all new commissions by prominent, internationally recognized jazz composers hailing from countries as diverse as, West Africa, Israel, Cuba, Puerto Rico, India, and the United States. The program also features fun, short video interludes that offer biographical background on each of the project's composers and commentary on the various ways that both the American jazz tradition and their individual cultural heritages have informed and inspired their respective visions and artistic sensibilities.

The objectives of Big Drum / Small World for KIDS are to promote the value of creative collaboration and the unique way that jazz provides a forum to explore our differences, share ideas and discover common ground.