Yve Evans

Although not famous nationally, Yve Evans is an expressive, sometimes very humorous singer/pianist who has earned a small following playing around her adopted home of Los Angeles in the 1980s and 1990s. A native of EL Paso, TX, Evans was exposed to classical, gospel and pre-rock pop as a child and studied classical piano for 12 years while growing up. It wasn’t until late adolescence that she seriously got into jazz and R&B. Evans has cited Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRaeNina SimoneElla Fitzgerald, June Christie and Ethel Waters as some of her main influences, and she has also expressed great admiration for such R&B favorites as Ruth BrownRoberta FlackGladys Knight and Patti LaBelle. In fact, both gospel and the soul music of the 1960s and 1970s have had an impact on her full-bodied style of jazz singing. One of Evans’ strong points has been her wild sense of humor — in fact, she can be downright goofy at times. But as much clowning as Evans has done on stage and in the studio, she can also be a very moving, sensitive and poignant interpreter of lyrics. Though primarily a vocalist, Evans is also an appealing, melodic pianist and has named Bill EvansDorothy Donegan,Erroll Garner and George Shearing as influences. CDs that Evans has released on her own Note-Worthy label include For Jaz C Me (1990), In A Sentimental Mood (1994) and the gospel-oriented The Gospel According To…Yve (1995).