Clark Art Institute to Host Two Spring Concerts

Williamstown, Mass.—The Clark Art Institute announces two spring concerts: The Lao Tizer Quartet, featuring Grammy-winning sax legend Eric Marienthal, performs Friday, April 5 at 7:30 pm, followed by jazz trumpeter Jonathan Dely and his swinging band on Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm. Tickets for The Lao Tizer Quartet are $33 ($28 Clark members; $20 students with valid ID) and tickets for Jonathan Dely are $28 ($25 Clark members, $20 students with valid ID). Reserve at or call the box office at 413 458 0524. All ticket sales are non-refundable.

The Lao Tizer Quartet, a “Jazz Group of the Year” nominee, makes their debut at the Clark in support of their new Billboard Jazz Top 10 CD/DVD release, Songs from the Swinghouse. Led by pianist, keyboardist, composer, and former “Best New Jazz Artist” nominee Lao Tizer, the quartet also features Grammy-winning sax legend Eric Marienthal, Grammy-nominated drummer Gene Coye, and Senegalese bassist Cheikh N’Doye. 

Jazz trumpeter Jonathan Dely performs in concert with his world-class band featuring an exciting program of jazz, pop, and selections from the American Songbook. Dely’s live show is as dynamic and energetic as it is cool and romantic, as he delivers a cross-genre performance sure to delight audiences of all ages and musical tastes.

About The Lao Tizer Band

With more than five years since their last release, The Lao Tizer Band is now an updated, larger band exploring new methods in music, as heard on the recent CD/DVD Songs from the Swinghouse, recorded live in just three days at Conway Studios in Hollywood. The album includes three cover tunes with a vocalist, a first for the group, alongside original instrumental tracks, bringing them to new heights of excellence and exuberance.
Featuring a thoughtful and at times surprising choice of tracks, while adding to an already stellar lineup of players with the addition of a seasoned vocalist, this album sets a new path for the band and its dedicated fans. Songs from the Swinghouse features eight blistering original instrumentals and three iconic classic rock songs with reimagined arrangements. “We’ve never done anything with a vocalist and we’ve never done any cover songs, so this is the first time that I decided to delve into that realm, to basically expand the scope of our music,” says Tizer.

About Jonathan Dely

Jonathan Dely, 25, is an award-winning trumpet soloist from Long Island, New York. Named a finalist in the International Trumpet Guild Jazz Competition, the National Trumpet Competition, and the Yamaha Performing Artist Competition, Dely graduated with Latin honors from Williams College, where he served as the college’s teaching assistant in jazz and upon graduation was awarded the prestigious Arthur Judson Prize in music. During his senior year, Dely declined a full-time investment banking position on Wall Street, where he worked the previous summer, in order to pursue his dream of becoming a solo trumpet artist. Shortly thereafter, he was accepted on scholarship to the graduate program in jazz trumpet performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned his master’s degree in 2017.

In New York, Dely has become a prolific performer at venues including Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, Blue Note NYC, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Django, Highline Ballroom, and the Princeton Club of New York, where he serves as Artist in Residence. He is recognized as a rising star in New York, with his band in high demand for events ranging from private engagements to ticketed concerts.

About the Clark

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 275,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.

The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit or call 413 458 2303.