MARINA CHRISTOPHER is a rising star in the Seattle jazz scene. Earshot Jazz Magazine named her the Emerging Artist of 2017, and she took home the honorable mention from the Kobe-Seattle Jazz Vocalist contest in 2018. Her style of jazz enthusiastically embraces the music of pop and RnB, and her bass playing, singing and song-writing has an infectious feeling of joy. Marina’s trio is a rotating roster of top players in Seattle. Do not miss the artist The Seattle Times declared one “you should get to know”.
Marina was born in Seattle, Washington. She began playing the bass at age 11 and became an accomplished bassist by age 17. 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 performers such as Stone Gossard, Meklit Hadero, Eugenie Jones, and Billy Brandt. She is currently a regular member of the musical groups The Bad News Botanists, Jerett Samples and Paula Boggs Band. Marina was a founding member of the Mo Jam Mondays at the Nectar Lounge, and has since been the featured artist several times. Marina's original tune "Self Love" was featured on Mo' Jam Mondays on Band in Seattle. Marina spent the Spring of 2019 touring the country with The Portland Cello Project and Patti King (The Shins).
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, she has performed 500+ shows as the front person. Before the pandemic, she was a regular act at Vito's Lounge, Seamonster Lounge, Hotel Sorrento, and The Edgewater Hotel.
In July 2018, Marina released an album of her own music with her soul jazz band Marina and the Dreamboats. She writes and arranges for this 9+ plus piece group and they are quickly gaining a following in Seattle. In 2019, they were the grand prize winners of the Hard Rock Seattle Battle of the Bands. Before the Pandemic, they had tours of Oregon and Montana in the books.
In addition to performing, Marina teaches jazz and classical music privately as well as for several schools and institutions like Washington Middle School, Seattle and JazzEd, Jazz Night School. She's regular clinician and adjudicator for area jazz festivals. For more about outreach, please visit the Educational page.
"Bass playing, singing and song-writing with an infectious feeling of joy" - Westside Seattle
Marina Christopher currently lives in Seattle and is accepting bass student in her virtual studio. She's also a fiercely devoted cat lady and has started illustrations of her cat, Sterling, during the quarantine.