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Storm Large @ Feinstein's

Nov 4, 2019

Storm Large
Feinstein’s / 54 Below
254 West 54th St
Tuesday November 5 through Friday November 8

There’s no other way to say it: Storm Large is a ballsy chick, a larger-than-life combination of centerfold and beat poet who firmly believes that sticking her boobs (covered only by what she describes as “bandaids”) into the crowd’s collective face is a statement of feminist empowerment. Her music encompasses everything from Black Sabbath to Cole Porter (including a psycho loco version of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”) all rendered with a powerful contralto, while her rambling monologues between songs (the opposite of the carefully-scripted patter of most cabaret shows) are worthy of Kerouac and Ginsberg. Whether with Pink Martini or on her own she’s a formidable presence, both visually and vocally. I’m already practicing waving a lit match in the air and singing along with her on her “super vigantastically mystical” anthem to sexual openness (that’s as subtle as I can put it) and acceptance, “Eight Miles Wide.” As she puts it, she’s the kind of woman she’s supposed to be, so, dudes, try to get a table as close to the front as possible.

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)

SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU - NEW REVISED EDITION (Chicago Review Press, May 2018)