NEW YORK: Bobby Short, the suave, tuxedoed cabaret singer who epitomized Manhattan glamour and sophistication with renderings of the great American songbook, died of leukemia Monday at 80. Calling Short “an American treasure,” Cafe Carlyle, the nightclub at the Carlyle Hotel where Short was an institution since 1968, said it would close Monday in homage to the musician who helped make it famous. Over the years, Short withstood constant changes in popular music tastes, from Sinatra to Springsteen to Snoop Dogg, drawing in old fans and making new ones with his repertoire of Broadway, Tin Pan Alley and jazz tunes by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, the Gershwins, Billy Strayhorn, Harold Arlen. “My audience expects a certain amount of sophistication when they are coming to hear me,” Short, who was born in Danville, Ill., and taught himself the piano as a boy, once said. — AP