By Kenneth D. Briscoe, Director – Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
The City of Wilmington, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and Cityfest, Inc. are excited to announce that Grammy-nominated singer, Andra Day, will be featured as the headliner at the 28th Annual DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival on the evening of Friday June 25th in downtown Wilmington, Delaware.
The vintage soul newcomer, whose voice and style remain true to the roots of jazz, also infuses an energy that is shaped by many different sounds and influences that will be sure to draw residents and visitors of all generations.After recent performances at the 2016 Grammy Awards with Ellie Goulding, a solo showcase on ABC Network’s Dancing with the Stars, and a transformative delivery of her singleRise Upon the BET special “Black Girls Rock,” Day will bring her incredible voice to the stage at the 2016 DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival.
“Billie Holiday is one of my major influences, as are Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Dinah Washington and Stevie Wonder”, says Day. “Our newer jazz and soul singers like Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott, and gospel singers such as Yolanda Adams and Kim Burrell, also heavily influence my work.”
“I think Rise Up resonates with so many because it talks about perseverance. It discusses persevering through struggle, criticism and rejection. It is a simple message of determination for yourself and others, and I think the simplicity of that is what resonates with people the most,” adds Day.
The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival takes great pride in celebrating the full spectrum of jazz every year, with a special emphasis on the city’s unique place in the legacy of the genre. This year’s lineup pays homage to its history while celebrating the artists, events and moments that continue to shape jazz today. Other artists scheduled to appear include Robert Glasper, Euge Groove, Kim Waters, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Miles Jaye, Nicholas Payton, Maya Belardo, Gerald Chavis, Saul Rubin, Aniyajazz, Larry Williams, Adrial Gonzalez and Nadjah Nicole among others.
The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival will take place Tuesday, June 21st – Saturday, June 25th on Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington. For additional information including updates, artist schedules and events, visit www.cbjazzfest.com.