Carnegie Hall continues celebrating it’s 120th Anniversary with James Taylor with part two of their four part Perspectives concert series. Wednesday’s concert will take a look at the music that helped shape and define the career of Taylor.

[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]James Taylor[/lastfm] will be performing Wednesday night at Carnegie Hall in Stern Auditorium on the Perelman Stage for part two of his Perspective series. The aptly titled James Taylor: Roots will take a personal look into the music he listened to while growing up and molded Taylor‘s sound, everything from bluegrass and blues to church hymns and R&B.

James Taylor Gives a Taste of What to Expect Wednesday @ Carnegie Hall
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Taylor will be accompanied on stage tomorrow night by many talented musicians, like five-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitar legend [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Robert Cray[/lastfm], 12-time Grammy winner [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jerry Douglas[/lastfm], country star [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Vince Gill[/lastfm], award winning country singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Amy Grant[/lastfm], long time friend [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Danny Kortchmar[/lastfm], and bluegrass-country singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Alison Krauss[/lastfm].

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James Taylor at Carnegie Hall: April 12th

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James Taylor kicked off Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary with a Gala Concert on April 12th. Part one of the Perspectives series took a look at past performances on the fabled stages of Carnegie Hall over the past 120 years.

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42nd President of the United States Bill Clinton was present, but did not unleash his saxophone skills upon the crowd that night. The performances were left to the professionals, like Bette Midler, who honored vaudeville star Sophie Tucker. Diane Reeves payed tribute to Billie Holiday and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sting[/lastfm] payed homage to his fellow countrymen, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm].

James Taylor brought an end to the night by paying tribute to american actress and singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Judy Garland[/lastfm] by performing his rendition of “Over the Rainbow.”

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James Taylor’s Influences: Woodie Guthrie

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Taylor began playing guitar in 1960. His technique was learned from his bass clef oriented cello training and practicing on his sister’s keyboard. Taylor was quoted in Timothy White‘s 2002 biography on him called Long Ago and Far Away saying, “My style was a finger-picking style that was meant to be like a piano, as if my thumb were my left hand, and my first, second, and third fingers were my right hand.”

Though his technique was inspired by previous training, his style was influenced by hymns, carols, and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Woody Guthrie[/lastfm]. Guthrie was an American singer, songwriter, and folk musician who not only influenced Taylor, but also [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bruce Springsteen[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Joe Strummer[/lastfm].

Guthrie’s most well known song is “This Land Is Your Land.”
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James Taylor’s Influences: The Beatles

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James Taylor cites [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm] as a major influence of his and they inspired him to take his guitar, some songs, and travel through Europe to “see what becomes of it.”

While in London he met with friends who convinced him to cut a demo. So while in SoHo (in the West End of London, not NYC) he recorded and got the demo into the hands of Peter Asher, who was the head of A&R for The Beatles‘ newly-formed label, Apple Records.

Once [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Georgie Harrison[/lastfm] heard it, they signed him and Taylor began recording. Taylor recorded his self titled album at Trident Studios, where Paul McCartney would make an appearance on bass and George Harrison would lend some backing vocals for “Carolina in My Mind.”

Listen to “Carolina in My Mind” by James Taylor
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James Taylor’s Influences: Sam Cooke & Marvin Gaye

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Soul legends [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sam Cooke[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Marvin Gaye[/lastfm] were huge influences on James Taylor. “… For me growing up in North Carolina, the stuff that I was listening to, the things that I was hearing, it was all about Black music, about soul music,” Taylor said in an interview with Tavis Smiley in 2007.

A great honor and relief for James Taylor was hearing that Marvin Gaye approved Taylor‘s rendition of his 1964 hit song “How Sweet It Is.”

James Taylor Performing “How Sweet It Is” in 1979
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Carnegie Hall’s 2011-2012 Season: An Introduction

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Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, introduces the highlights of Carnegie Hall‘s 2011-2012 season.

Have a look through Carnegie Hall‘s 2011-2012 digital brochure HERE and see if any of their events peek your interest!

And don’t forget to have a look at the remaining concerts in the four part Perspectives series starring James Taylor in honor of Carnegie Hall’s 120th Anniversary.

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