Halifax Jazz Festival – Day 1 – Erin Costelo

Hometown favourite Erin Costelo will be the first to perform at the Halifax Jazz Festival Tent on the waterfront this year. Tonight, starting at 8pm, the arranger, producer, singer and pianist will be showcasing her soul-filled, gutsy voice and retro-inspired sounds before New Orleans’ musical ambassador, Dr. John, hits the stage. (Did you know that it was Dr. John who inspired Jim Henson to create the Muppet Dr. Teeth?) Arts East recently caught up with Costelo while she was on the road touring her latest album, We Can Get Over, at festivals across the country. 

What's your first memory associated with music/singing?
EC: My Dad singing Monster Mash to me and all my cousins at a family camping trip with all my aunts singing backup.

What has been one of the highlights since you released We Can Get Over? 

EC: Opening for Boz Scaggs in Ottawa was amazing!  I am sure opening for Dr. John will be equally incredible!

Who are two of your musical heroes/influences?
EC: Carole King and Sarah Vaughan

You've been performing jazz fests across the country! What do you like most about performing at festivals?
EC: I love getting to hear music that I haven't heard before and seeing musicians from all over the world.

Which acts do you want to catch at this year's Halifax Jazz Fest?
EC: The Wailers and Dr. John

Other Halifax Jazz Fest performers around town tonight include A Tribe Called Red and Halifax's Extremities, Focus on French Jazz featuring the Rémi Panossian Trio and Thomas Enhco and Gypsophilia! Free Festival Tent concerts will kick off tomorrow. http://halifaxjazzfestival.ca/

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