I traveled back to Woody's again to hear Yve Evans, a performer that many of my musician friends have been raving about over the past few weeks. I found out that Yve has been singing in the Desert for many years, but I never had the chance to hear her. Tonight I heard Yve sing and play keyboard and in just a few minutes of listening to her I fell in love with her. It is hard to describe the multi-talented brilliance of her singing and to my surprise, her ability on the keyboard was just as great as her singing. And if this wasn't enough, it turns out that Yve also has a very funny sense of humor that she sprinkles into her performance. Yve has a heavenly soft voice that reminds me of Ella and Betty Carter all rolled into one. Yve has the ability to understand lyrics and use them to tell her audience an unbelievably emotionally-filled story. What a talent! It took me a long time to "discover" Yve but there is no chance I will miss any future opportunity to hear her again when she comes back into town. Backing Yve tonight were two extremely talented Desert players, Bill Saitta on upright bass and Jeff Olsen on drums. Bill showed his creative ability on the upright bass giving us some of the best bass improvisations I've heard and Jeff supplied some of the softest drummer hands that blended into Bill's bass and Yve's lush sounds. I understand that Yve will back at Woody's in a couple of weeks. I will try to keep you posted as to her next appearance. Don't miss the next chance to see and hear Yve. She is worth making the extra effort to see!” - Bob Nicosia

— Music Man Blog

CALIFORNIAN: New jazz festival arrives Sunday in Old Town Temecula By CAM Miller Tenor sax man and vocalist Pat Rizzo will be the first addition to the trio and is slated to be featured on three selections. Next up: trumpeter Steve Maddio, whose presence will make it a five piece band and when tenor saxist Rod Koljkolj replaces Rizzo, it will become the Andy Fraga Quintet. To wrap up the first half of the concert, popular and versatile Southern California jazz vocalist and pianist Yve Evans will move front and center with a book that includes gospel, blues, and pop standards. Yve can do it all," Stover said. "That beautiful voice, the way she ties songs together and plays around with the lyric and delivers the package with an acute sense of showmanship go to make her the professional that she is.” - Cam Miller

— CALIFORNIAN: New jazz festival

Yve Evans...She sings Jazz, She sings Blues, She sings Gospel. And she accompanies herself with hard swinging piano backing. Evans is in other words the real deal.” - Don Heckman

The International Review of Music

Arthur Newman Theatre Joslyn Senior Center, Palm Desert, California December 6, 2009 Cabaret 2U Producer Rupert Smith Delivers an Early Christmas Present to the Valley The legendary Yve Evans, the Coachella Valley’s first lady of piano and jazz, brought her musical magic to the stage of the Arthur Newman Theatre for two performances on December 6 and 7th. Local Cabaret producer Rupert Smith gift-wrapped the incomparable Yve Evans and local Tenor Chris Sands, and presented the Valley an early Christmas present - a concert of Christmas music performed by two superb performers to the accompaniment of Yve’s Los Angeles-based band. It was a terrific evening for lovers of Christmas music and songs about the Holiday. Smith wisely finds the best musical directors around (Yve Evans is the musical director for this show) and turns over the musical reins and arranging chores to them. Together they select the order of the songs, and then he dons the hat of the director working with the performers for additional stage business and personal touches the “pros” want to tackle. The format appears to be working very well. His shows have chalked up many Desert Theatre League (DTL) nominations resulting in Desert Stars Award wins for “I Love a Tenor”, “Spirit of America”, “Dangerous Women” (with Yve Evans), and most recently a 2009 DTL Desert Stars Award for “Mother’s Day Cabaret”. With “Christmas Yve” Rupert Smith, who just loves working with Evans, produced a winner that takes one back in time to Christmas’ past. For me, it meant my childhood of winters spent in snowy, below-zero Chicago. I’m a little older and a great deal wiser (after all I’ve been in sunny California for almost 50 years now), but Christmas is always a very special season for a great many people. Yve opened the show with an a capella rendition of “Oh, Holy Night” and from there it was pure joy to listen to the twenty-one in between numbers that featured Evans who is a fantastic jazz pianist backed by her band of Bradley Austin Bobo, on Bass, Michael Sims, guitar, and Larry Washington, on drums. Her arrangements of the two Christmas Medleys was worth the price of admission alone, and when she and Sands sang “Silent Night, Holy Night” as the closing number, as an a capella duet, well one could hear a pin drop. Lots of lumps, in lots of throats. It was Great stuff! Keep an eye out for Smith’s next concert in the Spring. You won’t want to miss it. Palm Springs Guides Theatre & Cinema Critic/Reviewer Jack Lyons is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America,west and Screen Actors Guild and is interested in all things "show biz." An entertainment journalist, TV, radio and theater reviewer/critic seen locally in the Coachella Valley on channel My13 KPSE-TV on "Desert Entertainment This Week.” - Jack Lyons, Critic/Reviewer

Palm Springs Guides, Theatre and Cinema

My wife and I just saw you a few hours ago at the Idyllwild Jazz in the Pines. We were there both days, and it is clear to us that you were the headliner for the the entire festival! Thank you!! GREAT SHOW!” - John Mata
I am happy to report that Yves performance of "I'm Glad There Is You" will be featured on every flight of both Continental Airlines on "The World Of Jazz" & Copa Airlines on "The Jazz Beat" to everywhere that they fly 24/7 throughout the months of May and June.”
Yve Evans Dixieland Monterey’s Musician-of-the-Year 2008 Yve Evans is far more than a consummate pianist and vocalist. She’s a many-faceted jewel--philanthropist, philosopher, healer, friend to everyone and soon-to-be ordained minister! But until you’ve talked with her quietly for an hour or so, you have only a general idea of who she really is--what she’s like in real life, what energizes her music and what animates her. We all know Yve as a superb singer and pianist, at home with the blues, gospel and jazz. She’s been on the Dixieland Monterey stage many times, and always packs the house. Her love for people permeates her music. It’s her way of giving to others. She says, “I’m always living in the hope that the lives I’ve touched have been edified”. She touches people through her music.” - Doug Pinkham
YVE EVANS GETS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. DTL will present its 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award to jazz diva Yve Evans, who also will entertain attendees. It is with great humility that Desert Theatre League presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Yve Evans," said DTL President Arnie Kleban. "Yve has performed since she was three years old, and is very popular in the Valley. She exemplifies what it means to be a consummate performer. She also supports and encourages others, and gives back to this great community by donating her time and services when asked.”

Desert Theatre League

YVE EVANS This incredibly sassy, soulful lady brings her commanding presence to the stage, making audiences sit up straight. A wink, a smile, a suggestive gesture, and you’re hooked. That’s even before she raises the microphone to her lips and belts out her powerful jazzy blues tunes. Spellbinding” - Ed Munson

Palm Springs Entertainer