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Bobby Short on the cover of his 1955 self-titled album.
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July 17, 2009 He was one of the greatest cabaret performers of the 20th century: a powerful singer whose "two-fisted" piano playing never overpowered his infectious warmth. Piano Jazz continues its 30th-anniversary celebration with an encore broadcast featuring Short from the very first season.
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March 28, 2005 NPR's Piano Jazz and WBGO in Newark honor the jazz singer and pianist Bobby Short with a look back at two of his live performances. The encore presentations include an appearance on Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland.
March 21, 2005 New York cabaret legend Bobby Short died Monday of leukemia at age 80. The singer performed at New York's Carlyle Hotel for nearly four decades. Short was born in Danville, Ill., and began his career at age 9, known as "The Miniature King of Swing." He was named a Living Landmark by New York's Landmark Conservancy and a National Living Legend by the Library of Congress.
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March 21, 2005 NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates offers an appreciation of cabaret singer and piano player Bobby Short, who died at the age of 80. Short's performances of American standards won him audiences and fans for more than seven decades, and he and his band performed at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City for 37 years.
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March 21, 2005 Singer Bobby Short, 80, died this morning in New York, the city whose elegance he epitomized. Short had suffered from leukemia. Bobby Short was a fixture at the Cafe Carlyle, where he entertained the rich, the famous, and the tourists who could afford it. It was a world far different from the one from which he came. Born in Danville, Ill., just before the Depression, Short began his professional career at 9.
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November 4, 2004 Singer and pianist Bobby Short has one of the most distinctive voices in the music world, and for 37 years he's been holding court in one of the most distinctive jazz venues around — the Cafe Carlyle in Manhattan. Now 80 years old, he's still going strong, and talks to NPR's Tavis Smiley about his long career.
June 28, 2004 He's been playing piano and singing at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City since 1968. He's considered one of the great cabaret singers of our time. The 79-year-old song stylist was slated to retire from the Cafe Carlyle this coming New Year's Eve, but he's extended his schedule, and he's not going anywhere for the time being. Short has been named a "living landmark" by New York's Landmark Conservancy and a "national living legend" by the Library of Congress.
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