Photo Credit: Scottie Roche

Lynn Henderson sings because she can and because she has something worth saying. This was plainly evident to those who had the pleasure of experiencing the tenacity and gusto with which she took the stage at Don’t Tell Mama to present A Skitch In Time: My Friendship with Maestro Skitch Henderson, her endearing tribute to founder and long-time conductor of the New York Pops who, she relates, is no relation. 

There was no question of why after she opened up her show with a medley of The Very Thought of You (Ray Noble), Dancing on the Ceiling (Lorenz Hart & Richard Rogers), and Old Friends (Stephen Sondheim) which showcased her exquisite styling and keen ability to make the most out of a musical moment. To dispel any further questions she ended her first set with a jewel of a song with lyrics penned for her by MAC Award-winning Lyricist Tom Toce Because I Can (Tom Toce & Lew Spencer)

Ms. Henderson was in good company with Douglass J. Cohen providing music direction, the evening’s masterful musical arrangements and lending his tender crooning voice from the piano. Robert Sabin played bass in an enjoyable evening directed by Klea Blackhurst. The evening was like a fine assortment of chocolates with no treat spoiling the appetite for more.

A medley of Judy Garland tunes showcased Mr. Cohen’s lovely musical arranging, his handsome singing made a wonderful complement to Ms. Henderson’s sumptuously dusky voice. Throughout the evening the tight musical ensembling of this duo continued to impress culminating in a stunning medley of I Love A Piano (Irving Berlin) and Baby Grand (Billy Joel) with Ms. Henderson singing the Berlin tune and Mr. Cohen singing the Joel tune with both melodies weaving in and out of one another in sensually sung seductive bliss. It was sublime.

Why does Lynn Henderson sing? “Because I can, Because I must” she sang in her opening set. I’d venture to add because hers is a voice well worth listening to.