• James Taylor at Carnegie Hall: Gala Set List

    James Taylor introduced last evening's gala celebrating 120 years of Carnegie Hall by saying, "Tonight, we celebrate 120 years of Carnegie Hall. When we think of Carnegie Hall, we usually think of classical music. But all kinds of people have performed on this stage. In fact, I performed here 40 years ago this spring. I've brought some of my friends together and we're celebrating non-classical Carnegie Hall. Folk. Jazz. Broadway. Pop. Carnegie has always brought the world of music to this stage. And tonight, that tradition continues."

    For those of you that could not attend, this was the running order, including the related Carnegie Hall milestones.

    Artist: James Taylor
    Song: There's No Business Like Show Business
    Music and lyrics: Irving Berlin
    Irving Berlin's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1939
    Ethel Merman's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1935

    Artist: James Taylor
    Song: Frozen Man
    Music and lyrics: James Taylor
    James Taylor's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1971

    Artist: Bette Midler
    Song: Some of These Days
    Music and lyrics: Shelton Brooks
    Song: After You've Gone
    Music: Turner Layton; Lyrics: Henry Creamer
    Song: My Yiddishe Momme
    Music: Jack Yellen and Lew Pollack; Lyrics: Jack Yellen
    Bette Midler's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1972

    Artist: Steve Martin
    Song: Foggy Mountain Breakdown
    Music: Earl Scruggs
    Lester Flatt and Earl Scrugg's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1962
    Steve Martin's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1971

    Artists: James Taylor; Vince Bruce (Rope)
    Song: Western Plains
    Music and lyrics: Lead Belly
    Lead Belly's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1946

    Artists: James Taylor; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
    Song: Sweet Baby James
    Music and lyrics: James Taylor
    Song: My Traveling Star
    Music and lyrics: James Taylor
    Tanglewood Festival Chorus' Carnegie Hall Hall Debut: 1973

    Artist: Dianne Reeves
    Song: Don't Explain
    Music and lyrics: Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.
    Billie Holiday's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1944
    Dianne Reeves' Carnegie Hall Debut: 1989

    Artist: Kevin Pollak
    Act: Lenny Bruce
    Lenny Bruce's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1961 (More info >)
    Kevin Pollak's Carnegie Hall Debut: 2011

    Artist: Bette Midler
    Song: Pirate Jenny
    Music: Kurt Weill; Lyrics: Bertolt Brecht
    Kurt Weill's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1959
    Lotte Lenya's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1959

    Artist: Barbara Cook
    Song: Nashville Nightingale
    Music: George Gershwin; Lyrics: Irving Caesar
    George Gershwin's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1925
    Song: Here's to Life
    Music: Artie Butler; Lyrics: Phyllis Molinary
    Barbara Cook's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1975

    Artists: Barbara Cook; James Taylor
    Song: Not While I'm Around
    Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
    Stephen Sondheim's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1992

    Artist: Bette Midler
    Song: Sweet Blindness
    Music and lyrics: Laura Nyro
    Laura Nyro's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1969

    Artist: James Taylor
    Song: Carolina in My Mind
    Music and lyrics: James Taylor

    Artist: Steve Martin
    Song: Jubilation Day
    Music and lyrics: Steve Martin

    Artist: Sting
    Song: Penny Lane
    Music and lyrics: John Lennon and Paul McCartney
    The Beatles' Carnegie Hall Debut: 1964

    Artists: James Taylor; Sting; Steve Martin; Tanglewood Festival Chorus
    Song: How Sweet it Is (To Be Loved By You)
    Music and lyrics: Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.
    Sting's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1991

    President Bill Clinton spoke about the importance of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute's mission.

    Artists: James Taylor; Sting; Steve Martin; Tanglewood Festival Chorus; Young People's Chorus of New York
    Song: Shower the People
    Music and lyrics: James Taylor

    Artists: James Taylor; Caroline Taylor
    Song: You Can Close Your Eyes
    Music and lyrics: James Taylor

    Artist: James Taylor
    Song: Over the Rainbow
    Music: Harold Arlen; Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg
    Judy Garland's Carnegie Hall Debut: 1961 (More info >)

     

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