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Kerri Lynn Jennings, More Than You Know

It’s always fun when a familiar song takes a new musical journey. At Danny’s Skylight Room, Kerri Lynn Jennings brought the everyman sound of Jim Croce’s Time In a Bottle, a soulfully straightforward 70’s pop hit, into urbane late-night pensiveness, savoring the bittersweet lyrics with her own thoughtful phrasing. It was the high point of her show.

Jennings’ vocal tone was a bit uneven, sometimes swallowing the lyrics, but when this soprano/actress warmed up, look out! She belted the 11 o’clock roof-raiser Gimme Gimme (Thoroughly Modern Millie), as robustly as any Broadway diva.

Jennings’ natural sense of fun is her musical gold. She has a confident comic vein used deliciously with Goody Goody, paired in the juiciest biting way with Who’s Sorry Now.

Musical Director Christopher Marlowe displayed his ever-expanding piano colors with able bassist Steve La Spina and drummer John Redsecker. With Scott Barnes’ creative direction, Kerri Lynn Jennings delivered More Than You Know with intensity and promise. ---Elizabeth Ahlfors