Bobby Short
American cabaret singer and pianist
Bobby Short
Robert Waltrip "Bobby" Short was an American cabaret singer and pianist, best known for his interpretations of songs by popular composers of the first half of the 20th century such as Rodgers and Hart, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Noël Coward and George and Ira Gershwin. He also championed African-American composers of the same period such as Eubie Blake, James P.
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June 10, 2005
the Neuropathy Association Fundraising Dinner Le Cirque, New York City 10/18/2004 Photo by Mitchell Levy/rangefinders/Globe Photos 2004 Bobby Short
February 14, 2005
Citizens For NYC, Honored by 'New York Magazine' 30years Ago, Honors the Magazine at Its New Yorker For the New York Awards Benefit. Waldorf-astoria, New York City. 2-14-2005 Photo: Mitchell Levy-rangefinders-Globe Photos Inc 2005 Bobby Short
October 18, 2004
the Neuropathy Association Gala Fundraiser Dinner at Le Cirque,new York City 10/18/2004 Photo by Barry Talesnick/ipol/Globe Photos,inc. Bobby Short
October 05, 2004
Fete DE Swifty Benefit at Swifty's Restaurant in New York City 10/5/2004 Photo By:william Regan/Globe Photos, Inc 2004 Arnold Scassi, Nan Kempner and Bobby Short
January 27, 2004
Brooklyn Academy of Music Spring Gala Performance by Les Balletts DE Monte-carlo Under the Presidency of H.r.h. the Princess of Hanover (Princess Caroline) Directed by Jean-christophe Maillot Brooklyn, New York 04/29/2003 Bobby Short
November 17, 2003
Jazz at Lincoln Center's (Jalc) Annual Fall Gala 2003 at the Avery Fisher Hall , New York City 11/17/2003 Photo by Rick Mackler / Rangefinders / Globe Photos, Inc. Bobby Short
September 08, 2003
Music Charity Event Held by Bruce Lyndvall at the Essex House,new York City. Photo:rick Mackler / Rangefinders / Globe Photos Inc 2003 Ahmet Ertegun and Bobby Short ***exclu\sive*** 09/08/
October 28, 2002
Lena: the Legacy a Four Generation All Star Salute to Honor Lena Horne at Lincoln Center , New York City 10/25/1999 Photo:rick Mackler / Rangefinder/ Globe Photos Inc. 1999 Bobby Short
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Home for the Holidays? 10 Best Things About New York
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Okay, so the radio is blaring sounds of Silver Bells and Winter Wonderland , and I'm wandering the city sidewalks in summer cotton. The fleece nightgown is sitting in waiting, as are the earmuffs, the woolen scarves, the cashmere sweaters and the L.L. Bean moose patterned socks. I was beginning to feel a bit like Charlie Brown's sad little tree. With no immediate vacation plans, I was drooping in a miniature Manhattan studio apartment over-stuffed with leftover wrapping paper, string and ribbons, craving a smidgen of effervescence. Yup. In my attempt at giving back, and in my somewhat obsessive annual tradition, I purchased no less than 500 gifts for the people that touch my lives every day -- from the baristas to the manicurists, the florist to the pharmacist, the bartenders to the Turkish market cashiers. The downside? Packages are overtaking my apartment like a giant gift-wrapped BLOB. Not to mention my office cubicle. My bosses are beginning to wonder why I'm using my desk ...
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First Nighter: Kathleen Chalfant Convincing as 'Rose' of the Kennedys, Steven Sater's Tedious 'New York Animals' With Burt Bacharach Tunes
Huffington Post - about 1 year
They never stop coming: the Dysfunctional American Family plays. In the last few weeks, we've had The Humans, Lost Girls and Taylor Mac's out-dysfunction-them-all Hir. You can also include Dada Woof Papa Hot and Steve, now that the Supreme Court has legalized gay marriages and as a seeming result, works about dysfunctional same-sex marriages look to be headed our way in increasing numbers. Keeping all that in mind, it still may be that the most unlikely dysfunctional-family opus among us at the moment is Laurence Leamer's one-woman monologue Rose at the Clurman, in which the always impeccable Kathleen Chalfant impersonates the seemingly always impeccable Rose Kennedy. We're in Anya Klepikov's notion of a Hyannis Port morning room (taken from a photograph perhaps) on a late July 1969 afternoon, which those with sharp historical recall will instantly pinpoint as just after the tragic Ted Kennedy-Mary Jo Kopechne Chappaquiddick incident. Rose Kennedy, wearing a beautifully tailo ...
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Harold Arlen at 110: Before It's Too Late
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Ten years ago, I was paid the most money I have ever been paid for a magazine article (still). The payer was Vanity Fair magazine; the subject was the composer Harold Arlen; the occasion, the centennial of his birth. My story was bought, paid for and then killed just before the issue went to press; bumped by the editor-in-chief Graydon Carter himself to make last minute space for late breaking coverage of some scandalous something in the dominion of gossip. I no longer remember what. Recently, my ten-year-old daughter Sara and I were talking about Harold Arlen while paging through a CD booklet about The Wizard of Oz. "I once wrote a very long article about Harold Arlen," I told her, reminded of it suddenly. "But nobody ever read it. I should publish it one day," I went on, heedlessly, "in the Huffington Post. On Harold Arlen's birthday, maybe." "Papa," Sara said, pointing to the CD booklet. "Harold Arlen was born in 1905. "This is his 110th birthday!" Sara looked at me. "You shoul ...
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First Nighter: T. Oliver Reid Heats the Met Room, "Texas in Paris" Warms the York
Huffington Post - about 2 years
For some time Broadway has been the place for swellegant black revues, the most recent being last season's superlative After Midnight. One of the many reasons for that entry's standout status was cast member T. Oliver Reid. No slouch--although a sassy performer's slouch is one of his appealing mannerisms--Reid has now brought "Drop Me Off in Harlem," his one-man revue back to the Metropolitan Room, where it played in October and where in 2010 he won the room's MetroStar Challenge. Not putting too fine a point on it, I'll just say that as he celebrates way uptown, Reid has single-handedly moved the swellegant Broadway-revue style downtown. Entering in tuxedo and top hat, he announces his feisty as well as noble intentions before he sings a single note or says a single word. As he begins warbling and speaking, he completely realizes his intention in an act that defines the meaning of sophisticated cabaret entertainment. I'll say that viewed from the concept-act angle, it's the ...
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Woody, Mia and Child -- But Whose Child?!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Greetings! Greetings! Welcome to the world where we are no longer Democrats or Republicans; just call us The Apprehensibles!" This is how I opened the Lighthouse International luncheon that just happened to coincide with the closing down of the government last Tuesday. The Lighthouse exists to help hundreds of people with failing eyesight and it is a marvelous institution. The Henry Grunwald Foundation makes it possible for this to happen at the Metropolitan Club and VIPs love to buy those limited tickets each year. The lunch is named for the late Time magazine chieftain, Henry Grunwald, who wrote a well-known book about losing eyesight, titled "Twilight." This year, this little event raised about $500,000 and boasted as many distinguished men in the audience as the ladies who lunch. I think the trick to its success is the hostess. The elegant Louise Grunwald insists we start on time, serve and eat while VIP's are being honored on the podium and wind the whole thing up qu ...
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Liz Smith: We Lose a Great Champion of Jazz Music -- Jean Bach -- Old Observations Are New Again
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"What people think of me is none of my business!" This has been attributed to Oscar Wilde, Mae West and Gary Oldman. So, who do you think said it? • The music world lost a great champion over Memorial Day. She was Jean Bach, a beauty in her 90s who reigned over the jazz and music world from her adorable Washington Square Mews house and then moved upstairs to One Fifth Avenue, staying loyal to Greenwich Village her entire life. She knew everyone from Benny Goodman to Artie Shaw to Bobby Short to Lawrence Brown to Lester Young to Thelonious Monk to Mary Lou Williams. In 1995, she won an Oscar nomination for her film based on an Art Kane photo of 59 jazz musicians posing together on a stoop in Harlem. The documentary was titled A Great Day in Harlem. (After the film was released, dozens of copycat photos began appearing. Jean's favorite being the Smithsonian Magazine showing black Harlem businessmen with Bill Clinton in the center.) For years, Jean was wed to TV ...
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Liz Smith: Barbara Walters on the Mend in Manhattan
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Mr. Sinatra... I am an Italian!" said the comedienne Kaye Ballard, currying favor way back when. "And I'm an American," harrumphed Sinatra right back. (Funny, the things that turn up in old files.) OUR friend Cindy Adams of the Post settled it once and for all about the popular Barbara Walters. She is back in New York at home recovering from chicken pox with her pet people, Ikadel and George,  watching over her. But Barbara sounds just great according to her pal Suzanne Goodson and she is so glad to be home among her "things." Hoping to see her soon and sending "get well quick" love. A special pet goes to Cha Çha, her ever faithful dog. Theater's national treasure, the musical comedy star and very good actress Elaine Stritch and I celebrated our Groundhog birthdays the other night at Swifty's emporium. Our combined ages were so horrific that Robert picked up the check and brought us a blazing birthday cake. Miss Stritch says she will do a one-week show in the Bob ...
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Henry Miller: Remembering Martin E. Segal, New York's "Titan of the Arts"
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Martin E. Segal, a legendary advocate of the arts in New York City, died on August 5th at the age of 96. In reporting his death the following morning, the New York Times called him "one of the city's leading cultural figures" and a "titan of the arts." He had been Chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts from 1981 to 1986 and Chairman Emeritus thereafter; he was founding president of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and founder and former Chair of the Alliance for the Arts; he was a board member of numerous other arts organizations and a financial supporter of still more -- all while leading the renowned international consulting firm that he founded, The Segal Company. But what demonstrated his determined commitment to the arts perhaps more than anything else was his founding, at the age of 69, of the New York International Festival of the Arts, an organization that I had the great pleasure of helping him promote for more than six years. With Martin Segal's irre ...
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Music producer makes singing debut - Danville Commercial News
Google News - over 5 years
A native of Danville, Bell said when he was a child, singer Bobby Short told his father, “Something's going to be special about this young man.” Bell has been playing drums since he was 5; at 11, he played keyboard and wrote his first song
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Well-known NYC cabaret singer is 'Live From the Algonquin' at Spa Little Theater - The Saratogian
Google News - over 5 years
He alludes to such legends as Mabel Mercer and Bobby Short, staying in the supper clubs until quite advanced in years. “Bobby, he's the reason I came to New York in the first place, just to have his career … I'm veering into senior citizen-hood in the
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Coming Attractions - Albany Times Union
Google News - over 5 years
Not to be confused with the late cabaret singer Bobby Short, British folk-rock singer-songwriter Bobby Long comes to The Linda on Sunday, Nov. 6. Next up is the Chandler Travis Philharmonic on Saturday, Nov. 19; Cape Cod icon Travis heads up a kitchen
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[Live Review] Opening Night, Newport Jazz Fest - The Phoenix (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Cabaret singing doesn't have to be this way -- Bobby Short delivered maximum emotion and maximum wit in the same breath. Well, whatever, once I got over my Martin Short flashbacks, Feinstein became funny and charming on his own terms,
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郑裕彤或斥44亿元购入美国5间豪华酒店 - 台海网
Google News - over 5 years
Carlyle Hotel被称为「纽约白宫」,因为总统约翰甘乃迪家族曾于此拥有一套公寓。Carlyle Hotel内的咖啡厅Cafe Carlyle Marcel,经常有Bobby Short和活地亚伦出现,内里又有Marcel Vertes的壁画。 卖家Maritz表示,不少亚
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Hong Kong family buys the Carlyle Hotel - New York Post
Google News - over 5 years
The hotel, with its Café Carlyle -- home to musician Bobby Short, weekly appearances from Woody Allen and murals by Marcel Vertes -- is a prized get by Chinese investors who are looking to invest in high-end hotels in New York and other large US cities
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Short
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2005
    Age 80
    On March 21, 2005, Short died of leukemia at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
    More Details Hide Details He is buried in Atherton Cemetery in Danville, Illinois, the city of his birth.
  • 2004
    Age 79
    In 2004, Short announced plans to end his regular appearances at the Café Carlyle by the end of the year.
    More Details Hide Details He continued to tour and travel until the end of his life. Bobby Short was inducted as a Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois and awarded the Order of Lincoln (the State’s highest honor) by the Governor of Illinois in 1983 in the area of Performing Arts. Although Short never publicly declared that he was gay, it was well known among his friends, fellow musicians, and even among some of his fans. When asked by a friend why he hadn't taken part in any of the gay pride marches of the 1970s and 1980s, Short's response was, "I have a living to make! I can't afford to march in the Gay Pride Parade." Short adopted Ronald Bell, of San Francisco, who was the son of Mr. Short's older brother William.
  • 2000
    Age 75
    In 2000, the Library of Congress designated Short a Living Legend, a recognition established as part of its bicentennial celebration.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Short's voice was featured in the 200th episode of the sitcom Frasier.
  • 1999
    Age 74
    Short appeared in his final film role, in Man of the Century, in 1999.
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  • 1994
    Age 69
    He reprised the role of Ches Collins in the 1994 episode "Ches and the Grand Lady".
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  • 1991
    Age 66
    In 1991, Short made a guest appearance as blues musician Ches Collins on the TV series In the Heat of the Night in the episode "Sweet, Sweet Blues".
    More Details Hide Details He also performed the theme song for the episode.
  • 1986
    Age 61
    Short continued working in films when, in 1986, he appeared in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters.
    More Details Hide Details Allen later used Short's recording of "I Happen To Like New York" for opening title of Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993).
  • 1985
    Age 60
    In 1985, he sang part of the opening theme for the NBC television show "Misfits of Science."
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1981
    Age 56
    In 1981, he made a cameo appearance on The Love Boat in a two-part episode.
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  • 1976
    Age 51
    In 1976, Short sang and appeared in a commercial for Revlon's perfume "Charlie."
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  • FORTIES
  • 1972
    Age 47
    In 1972, he performed the theme song to James Ivory's film Savages.
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  • 1968
    Age 43
    In 1968 he was offered a two-week stint at the Café Carlyle in New York City, to fill in for George Feyer.
    More Details Hide Details Short (accompanied by Beverly Peer on bass and Dick Sheridan on drums) became an institution at the Carlyle, as Feyer had been before him, and remained there as a featured performer for over 35 years. Short often performed impromptu all-night sets at his various favorite cafes and restaurants. He was a regular patron at Ted Hook's Backstage, located at Eighth Avenue and Forty-Fifth Street. Short continued his career in the 1970s and 1980s singing for films and television.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1924
    Born
    Born on September 15, 1924.
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