Set List

“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.” — James Taylor

There’s No Business Like Show Business — James Taylor
Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin’s Carnegie Debut, 1939
Ethel Merman’s Carnegie Debut 1935

Frozen Man — James Taylor
Music and lyrics by James Taylor
James Taylor’s Carnegie Debut, 1970

Foggy Mountain Breakdown — Steve Martin
Music by Earl Scruggs
Lester Flatt and Earl Scrugg’s Carnegie Debut 1962
Steve Martin’s Carnegie Debut 1971

Western Plains (When I Was a Cowboy) — James Taylor and Vince Bruce
Music and lyrics by Lead Belly
Lead Belly’s Carnegie Debut 1946

Sweet Baby James — James Taylor
Music and lyrics by James Taylor

My Traveling Star — James Taylor and Tanglewood Festival Chorus
Music and lyrics by James Taylor
Tanglewood Festival Chorus’ Carnegie Hall Debut 1973

Don’t Explain — Dianne Reeves
Written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.
Billie Holiday’s Carnegie Debut 1944
Dianne Reeves’ Carnegie Debut 1989

Lenny Bruce — Kevin Pollak
Lenny Bruce’s Carnegie Debut 1961
Kevin Pollak’s Carnegie Debut 2011

Pirate Jenny — Bette Midler
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Bertolt Brecht
Kurt Weill’s Carnegie Debut 1959
Lotte Lenya’s Carnegie Debut 1959

Nashville Nightingale — Barbara Cook
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Gershwin’s Carnegie Debut 1925

Here’s to Life — Barbara Cook
Music by Artie Butler
Lyrics by Phyllis Molinary
Barbara Cook’s Carnegie Debut 1975

Not While I’m Around — Barbara Cook and James Taylor
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Sondheim’s Carnegie Debut 1992

Carolina In My Mind — James Taylor
Music and Lyrics by James Taylor

Jubilation Day — Steve Martin
Music and Lyrics by Steve Martin

Penny Lane — Sting
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Beatles’ Carnegie Debut 1964
Sting’s Carnegie Debut 1991

How Sweet it Is (To Be Loved By You) — James Taylor, Sting, Steve Martin
and Tanglewood Festival Chorus

Written by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, Edward Holland, Jr.

Shower the People — James Taylor, Sting, Steve Martin, Tanglewood Festival Chorus
and Young People’s Chorus of New York

Music and Lyrics by James Taylor

You Can Close Your Eyes — James Taylor and Kim Taylor
Music and Lyrics by James Taylor

Over the Rainbow — James Taylor
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Judy Garland’s Carnegie Debut 1961