MARINA CHRISTOPHER is a versatile, up and coming artist in the Seattle music scene. This jazz lady’s cheery nature and work ethic continue to keep Marina busy as a freelance bassist in many musical styles.
Marina was born in Seattle, Washington. She began playing the electric bass at age 11 and began playing the upright bass a year later. She grew up listening to her father play jazz and boogie woogie at the piano. This opened Marina up to wide range of music at a young age.
Marina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Double Bass Performance from Central Washington University, where she studied with Jon Hamar. After college, she worked in the orchestra of Royal Caribbean cruise ship, entertaining passengers from all over the world with her fabulous bass playing!
Since returning to land, Marina has shared the stage with other Seattle area performers such as Jacqueline Tabor, Eugenie Jones, and Billy Brandt. She is currently a regular member of the musical groups Scarlet Parke, The Bad News Botanists, Winding Hearts and The Murphy-Tyler Band. Marina was a founding member of the Mo Jam Mondays at the Nectar Lounge, and has since been the features artist several times. Marina’s original tune “Self Love” was featured on Mo’ Jam Mondays on Band in Seattle.
Singing and song-writing have become Marina’s most recent musical endeavor. On March 14, 2015, she released her self-titled EP, which showcases her talents. She sings and writes in a style that seamlessly blends jazz and pop, and her voice is something all her own. Marina released her full length record, “Must Love Cats”, on September 2, 2016. Although Marina happily continues to accompany many other musicians, you can count on seeing her perform more and more as a featured artist. She plays with her trio every second Saturday at the Paragon on Queen Anne, and twice a month at the Cork & Tap in Bellevue. Marina is available for private functions and events. Please contact Marina for more information.
In addition to performing, Marina teaches privately as well as for several institutions. At Washington Middle School, Marina directs the Junior Jazz band. She directs K# (K Sharp), Kamiak High School’s ecclectic string group. Marina also teaches combos and work shops for Seattle JazzEd. Marina is currently accepting new students to her private lesson studio.
Marina Christopher is an excellent jazz vocalist / stand up bass player covering jazz standards and contemporary tunes. This jazz lady has a super cool vibe. Check it out. Dinner served from 5p to 11p. Paragon offers a full cocktail menu, 16 beers on tap, and 21 wines by the glass. Drinks. Dinner. Live Music. Come for dinner and stay for the show.