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Concert Review / Misc Performances / Special Guest / Tanglewood

August 12, 2019 — Yo Yo Ma and James Taylor performed one of Taylor’s best loved and most popular songs, “Sweet Baby James.”

Thousands of people smiled and swayed to the music as the two master musicians serenaded thousands of people in The Shed and scattered across the lawn.

It was a magical ending to a magical night that many people will likely remember for many years. [masslive.com]




Charity / Fundraiser / Performance
ABC/Randy Holmes

James Taylor will give a special performance at Centennial Celebration: Once in a Lifetime, a gala charity event that will raise funds for the international humanitarian organization Save the Children.

The event will be hosted by Jennifer Garner, and take place October 2 in Beverly Hills. Oprah Winfrey will be on hand to present the organization’s Centennial Award to The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert Iger.

A similar celebration in New York City September 12 will honor designer Tommy Hilfiger. Both galas mark Save the Children’s 100th anniversary.

In other James Taylor news, he’s one of the many special guests on Sheryl Crow‘s upcoming album Threads, due out August 30. Last month, James joined Sheryl at the Newport Folk Festival for an impromptu performance of “Everyday Is a Winding Road.”

[ kticradio.com ]




Article / Misc Performances / TV Appearances / Videos

James Taylor performed a pair of his classic songs on last night’s (February 3rd), Super Bowl edition of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Taylor led his band on “Your Smiling Face” and “Shower The People.”

Taylor’s 2019 Winter Tour with special guest Bonnie Raitt begins tomorrow night (Tuesday, February 5) at U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati. Taylor will follow that tour with a residency at The Colosseum Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that spans April 17 to May 11. Watch the Late Showperformance of “Your Smiling Face” and “Shower The People” below:




Benefit Concert / Charity / Photos

James Taylor performs at ‘The Nearness Of You Concert’ in Honor of Michael Brecker at Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photos by Nicholas Hunt)




Article / Interview / Tour 2018

What’s special about Bonnie Raitt?
Bonnie is the genuine article and has a good picture of who she is and where she stands in the artistic world. If anything, I think she’s too modest.

What can we expect from the concert?
Bonnie and I have joined forces for about a year now. We’re excited about bringing it across the ocean and playing on the home turf. You’ll see a lot of Bonnie’s songs and a lot of mine.

Is music as important as ever to you?
Yes. My career has been a series of lucky coincidences. Getting my first break from the Beatles was the mother of all big breaks. I am forever grateful to Paul McCartney especially.

Would you want to start out again today?
It’s different with YouTube and social media, so I cannot imagine it. I think I’m from another era, and I guess I am a product of a time before this world.

How competitive are you in your career?
I know I am competitive but I also know it doesn’t do me any good. I suffer from professional jealousy but that doesn’t motivate me to play the game. I’ve never considered music a competitive sport.

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Concert Review / Tour 2018

It was a Junior Walker song, (I’m a) Road Runner, that did it, that untethered James Taylor from his six-string and barstool.

He grabbed a harmonica, kicked up a heel or two, shook and wiggled and hopped on one foot, and probably would have danced even more had the cord to his mic not tugged him back to position.

Taylor turned 70 in March, but the way he played at times Saturday at Tampa’s Amalie Arena, he might as well not have aged a day in 20 years.

Twenty-four hours after and before home Lightning playoff games at Amalie, more than 9,000 fans bore witness to a J.T. revitalized, or at least not quite willing to cede his entire sandalwood soul to Father Time. Heck, during most of his 20-minute intermission, Taylor meandered down to the crowd to sign autographs and snap photos with fans. Who does that?

It makes you wonder: Would we have gotten a show like this out of Taylor if Bonnie Raitt hadn’t canceled?

Raitt was scheduled to open this run of shows on Taylor’s tour, but canceled recently due to a medical issue that required immediate surgery. Taylor assured fans that the 68-year-old Raitt was recovering nicely, and even had them record a get-well-soon message to encourage her to get back on the road.

“She made it through a tight squeeze there, some dire straits, and the news is very good,” he said. “It seems like everything is on the up and up. The news is good. The news is great.”

Raitt’s presence was missed; her rasp and attitude would’ve provided a nice counter-balance to Taylor’s steel-cut oatmeal folk. On the other hand, with two full sets to play with, Taylor and his 11-piece band could afford to have fun with the setlist, mixing covers and extra songs amongst just about every hit fans could want.

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Interview / Tour 2018 / UK 2018

Fifty years after he signed up with the Beatles, Taylor is returning to London. He’s not stopping yet.

James Taylor’s home is in the highlands of Massachusetts, two hours west of his Boston birthplace. As I speed there in the extreme chill of an April that thinks it’s January, a frosting of snow makes the Berkshires positively dreamlike. It’s a perfect setting for the man dubbed “Sweet Baby James” in a song some 48 years ago.

We talk in the barn studio where Taylor now makes all his recordings, next to the house he shares with his third wife, Kim, and their 17-year-old twins, Rufus and Henry. In this remote, beautiful estate, Taylor, newly 70, seems ever more the statesman of American song.

So how is he adapting to septuagenarian status? “It’s too early to tell,” he deadpans. “Of course, the main thing you learn when you get older is that you’re the same person you were when you were 18. When I was 18, I thought a 70-year-old person was a different creature completely, with whom I had nothing in common.”

Taylor’s most recent studio album, his 17th — the splendid Before This World, from 2015 — may prove to be his final set of new songs. In the studio, a prime spot has been given to a chair sent by Billboard in commemoration of his first No 1, complete with the chart marking that success. The staircases are lined with platinum discs: here a letter from Paul McCartney, there a picture of Taylor performing at Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

When he comes over in July for a short solo itinerary that includes guest spots on Paul Simon’s farewell tour in Dublin and Hyde Park, it will be 50 years since his momentous visit to London, during the period when he won the lottery and lost the plot.

His psychiatric and drug problems predated even his creative pre-eminence: Taylor had already spent time in a Massachusetts institution before a wildly inventive but disastrously heroin-fuelled year in New York. Then, in 1968 in London, he fulfilled every budding singer-songwriter’s dream when the Beatles signed him to Apple and released his debut album.

“As time goes on, I’m more and more grateful and tolerant of my parents,” he muses. “I could never allow my two twin boys, or Sally or Ben [his children from his marriage to Carly Simon], to go to New York City at the age of 18 and live on their own, or then, a year later, go to London with just a guitar and some traveller’s cheques. My parents didn’t know about drugs and rock’n’roll. They didn’t know how inevitable that was going to be, but they supported me.”

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Charlie Puth / Single

Charlie Puth has teamed up with James Taylor for a song called “Change,” which you can listen to right here.

The 26-year-old singer-songwriter debuted the song on Monday (March 26).

The song is a dedication to those lost due to gun violence, which follows Charlie‘s participation at the March For Our Lives over the weekend.

“Change feat. James Taylor is out now. This song is dedicated to all of the Parkland students, any lives lost to senseless gun violence, and the world,” Charlie wrote on Twitter.

Listen to “Change” below. You can also download the song on iTunes.  [justjared.com]





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