July 10, 2005 |
IN the Cafe Carlyle, at Madison Avenue level in the luxury hotel of the same name, time used to stand still. At least, so it seemed as long as Bobby Short -- landmark and tourist attraction -- was around to scatter cool, jaunty stardust on Gershwin, Porter or Rodgers and Hart. Short constituted a peculiarly Manhattan phenomenon. His reign at the Carlyle lasted 36 seasons, 20 weeks a year. Last December, at age 80, he was still packing the room. In March, suddenly, the party was over.
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March 22, 2005 |
Bobby Short, the celebrated Manhattan cabaret singer-pianist who reigned at the Cafe Carlyle for more than three decades and became the elegantly clad symbol of a bygone era in classic American popular music, died Monday. He was 80. Short died of leukemia at New York Presbyterian Hospital, said longtime publicist Virginia Wicks. Short, thinking that he had diverticulitis, had gone into the hospital last week, Wicks said.
April 18, 2003
Due to illness, singer Bobby Short has canceled tonight's appearance at the Cerritos Center. Ticketholders will be offered refunds for the concert, which has not been rescheduled.
March 3, 2002 |
**** BOBBY SHORT "Piano" Surrounded By Listeners tend to think of Short as the ultimate cabaret singer, but his jazz piano chops are top-notch, as he reaffirms on every track of this beguiling, small-group recording. As if to emphasize the point, Short doesn't sing a note on the first two cuts of "Piano," instead relying on his characteristically poetic keyboard touch and an ability to reshape a melody in more ways than one might imagine.
February 18, 1999 |
For music fans with a feeling for nostalgia, Tuesday night was like being in Manhattan in, say, 1958. At one end of town, at Catalina Bar & Grill, cabaret singer-pianist Bobby Short was performing with a nine-piece band. To the south, off Venice Boulevard at the Jazz Bakery, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross were reviving memories of the jazz vocal group Lambert, Hendricks & Ross.
February 12, 1999 |
Bobby Short, whose image as one of the world's finest cabaret artists sometimes obscures his jazz roots, was the guiding light behind the creation of a Duke Ellington sculpture in New York's Central Park. The singer-pianist's affection for Ellington and his music traces back to the late '30s, when Short was a 12-year-old vaudeville performer. He vividly recalls the first time he met his idol. "I was in my manager's office in New York," he says, "and Duke walked in. He was utterly charming.