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June 04, 2006|By LORI SEARS

All that jazz

It's a celebration of jazz all this week in Wilmington, Del. More than 25 jazz musicians and groups will take part in the 18th annual DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, today through June 11 at several Wilmington venues. The festival honors the memory of jazz trumpeter and Wilmington native Clifford Brown, whose life was cut short in 1956 at the age of 25. Many festival performers will play Brown's songs and present other works in tribute to him.

Kicking the festival off will be the Count Basie Orchestra, presenting an outdoor concert in the Winterthur Garden at 4 p.m. today. Other performers will include John Pizzarelli (8:30 p.m. Friday), Los Hombres Calientes (8 p.m. Thursday), the Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra (8 p.m. Saturday), the McCoy Tyner Trio (8 p.m. Wednesday), the Crimson Jazz Trio (8 p.m. tomorrow) and many others. Featured this year will also be the Wade in the Water Tour, a performance (8 p.m. Tuesday) by nine New Orleans musicians to raise money for other New Orleans musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Shows will be held at Rodney Square, 11th and Market streets; Delaware History Center, Willingtown Square, 500 block of N. Market St.; the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, 719 N. Shipley St.; and Winterthur Museum and Country Estate, near Enchanted Woods, Montchanin and Kirk roads. Many concerts are outdoors and free. The Winterthur concert costs $8-$15. For full schedule, visit cliffordbrownjazzfest.com or call 302-576-3095.

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