The New York Times | Dec. 3, 2013 | By Stephen Holden
Eric Yves Garcia Plays Classics at Laurie Beechman Theater
Eric Yves Garcia, a Manhattan piano bar entertainer who toiled in semi-oblivion at Chez Josephine until his recent appearances at the New York Cabaret Convention, belongs to the school of jazz-leaning connoisseurs of the American Songbook epitomized by the irreplaceable Bobby Short. If Mr. Garcia’s sprightly appearance at the Laurie Beechman Theater on Monday evening says anything about the frustrations of turning out semi-anonymous background music in a restaurant, it might be that inside many a piano bar musician beats the heart of an aspiring concert entertainer, waiting for his moment… (more)
March 7, 2014 | Bistro Awards | Mark Dundas Wood
Vocalist and pianist Eric Yves Garcia is in jazz mode in his current gig at Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel, and it suits him. Backed by two talented and playful musicians—guitarist Nick Russo and bassist Ritt Henn—he sings some of the most familiar titles from the Great American Songbook with an obvious enthusiasm for musical improvisation. Watching him close-up between numbers, I got the sense that he chooses the song order and tempos and keys with the same “let’s see what feels right here” spirit that he uses when he’s actually jamming. (more)
The Wall St. Journal | Dec. 5, 2013 | By Will Friedwald
Eric Yves Garcia at Chez Josephine
Pianist and singer Eric Yves Garcia has an upper-register highly reminiscent of Bobby Short, a trio of guitar (Tony Romano) and bass (Ritt Henn) directly inspired by that of Nat King Cole and a commendable predilection for some of the less frequently heard selections from the Sinatra canon. Most importantly, he puts everything together in a highly personal, intensely intimate fashion that allows the songs to come to us through him in a way that's by turns incredibly moving and very funny—often both at the same time. The great songs, Mr. Garcia says, "may bend, but they don't break," and he proves it, time after time.