Wilmington, Delaware: Clifford Brown, Bebop Star

An eight-foot-tall bronze statue of bebop trumpeter Clifford Brown, blowing his horn. He died tragically young in 1956.

Kirkwood Park

Address:
N. Spruce St., Wilmington, DE
Directions:
Kirkwood Park. At the intersection of Bennett and N. Spruce Sts, just northeast of the intersection of Bennett and E. 11th St. Be prepared to circle the area due to the less than ideal one-way street layout.
Admission:
Free
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Clifford Brown Statue

An eight-foot-tall bronze statue of jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown (1930-1956) stands at the entrance to Kirkwood Park. A Wilmington native, Brown was one of the greatest bebop jazz performers and composers of his time when died in a car crash at the age of 25.

[TN, 08/14/2018]

Brown shunned the bebop menaces of alcohol and heroin, but died young anyway when a car in which he was riding ran off the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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