March 22, 2005

Bobby Short Died

21short2.jpgSo, this isn't a napsterization story, but Bobby Short died yesterday, and I loved his work. His music performance was totally analog, and I only ever saw him at the Cafe Carlyle in NY, (which is really old world too) except once at Yoshi's in Oakland. I was taken to the Cafe Carlyle to see him by a friend when I was pretty young, and I was hooked, going back when I could. It was a very expensive indulgence, but on a few occasions over the past two decades it was really fun to touch a rare world that represented great old style, and his singing and engagement with the audience was very elegant, and yet personal, and casual at the same time. It was fun. And I'm sorry he's gone. Rest in peace, Mr. Short.

Posted by Mary Hodder at March 22, 2005 10:50 AM | TrackBack

Me, too, babe! Watching Short at the Carlyle was always a guilty (and expensive) pleasure, but well worth it. My mom first took me in the early 1970s and I've been there many times since. It wasn't like seeing Duke Ellington or Louis Armstrong play; Short was a member of the following generation. Watching him perform was like seeing Brando on stage or Johnny Cash strum. After Sinatra's and Ray Charles' deaths, Short was only one of two living legends left of that generation. Now only Tony Bennett remains.

Posted by: Vin Crosbie at March 23, 2005 07:07 PM