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Karin Kajita

Piano from Seattle, WA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$100 - $125 per hour
Karin is a gifted jazz and classical pianist who has made her home in the Seattle area for most of her life. She graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in music, piano performance and music education. She studied piano with Professor Neil O'Doan at the UW, jazz and jazz arranging with Bill Smith, and jazz piano with Jerry Gray, among others. Karin is the recipient of two Milnor Roberts scholarships, two Bainbridge Music and Art scholarships, and an Artist Support Grant from Jack Straw Productions.
Karin has had a successful solo performing career with contracts as far away as Europe, Japan, Canada, New York, Denver and Salt Lake City. She has performed two or three times a week for the past ten years in the Atrium at the 1201 3rd Avenue Tower, formerly known as the Washington Mutual Tower. She plays in the “Bellevue Collection” at three Steinway grand pianos in the Hyatt Hotel, Lincoln Square and Bellevue Square. She has played long term contracts at many of the hotels in the Seattle/Bellevue area, and at Snoqualmie Casino. She currently accompanies the BlueStreet Jazz Voices, a top notch semi-professional jazz choir. She plays with a number of fine vocalists including Emily McIntosh, Kay Bailey and bassist Jeff Davies, with the Murphy-Tyler Band, and with the David George Tenet.
Karin loves to take requests and interact with her audiences. She knows over 1000 tunes by heart in a variety of genres including jazz, classical, tango, ragtime, dixieland and pop. She transposes easily.
Karin formed the Karin Kajita Jazz Quintet in 2000. This fine group specializes in hard bop and original tunes by Karin. Her sidemen are all top flight Seattle area musicians and include Tony Grasso on trumpet, Brian Kent on tenor saxophone, Clipper Anderson on bass and Ray Davis on drums. The quintet has played at many area festivals and clubs, including Bumbershoot, the Evergreen State Fair, the Interlake Golf Course and Grazie in Bothell.
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Private Party

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We had a last minute event that we were in desperate need for a pianist and Karin came to the rescue. Karin was on time, professional, and had a wide range of music that our guests just LOVED! Thank you so much for lending us your musical talents!

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Holiday Party

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Karen has been playing at events at our house since 2004. She is simply terrific. She can play anything, and can play it in any key. We have an annual caroling party with about 60 people, and she is an absolute genius at transposing and finding the right key for any song. And when we're not singing, she plays beautiful classical music , jazz standards, broadway favorites-- whatever! in the background just to keep things going. I could not recommend any pianist more highly. And our guests always love her!

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Karin Kajita’s Response:

Sarah, Thank you so much! I look forward to playing for your next party! Karin

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Fundraiser

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I reached out a few weeks before the event. She graciously accommodated our event date and made sure she understood what we were looking for. She arrived promptly onsite the day of the event and enlighten our large crowd with her beautiful piano music! She was professional and wonderful to work with. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, Karin!

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2016
Dec
6
1201 3rd Avenue Tower
Seattle, WA
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2016
Dec
10
Holiday Party
Seattle, WA
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2016
Dec
11
Silver Spoon Restaurant
Lynnwood, WA
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2016
Dec
13
1201 3rd Avenue Tower
Seattle, WA
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2016
Dec
15
1201 3rd Avenue Tower
Seattle, WA
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2016
Dec
15
Hillman City
Seattle, WA
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2016
Dec
2
holiday party singalong
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2016
Dec
2
Holiday Party
Seattle, WA
7:00 AM - 10:30 AM
2016
Dec
1
1201 3rd Avenue Tower
Seattle, WA
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2016
Nov
29
1201 3rd Avenue Tower
Seattle, WA
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2016
Nov
26
Grazie Restaurant Canyon Park
Bothell, WA
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
2016
Nov
24
Parkshore Retirement Community
Seattle, WA
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Nocturne in Eb Major
Frederic Chopin
Prelude in G# Minor
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Prelude in C Minor
J.S. Bach
Fantaisie Impromptu
Frederic Chopin
I'll Remember You
Elvis Presley
Landslide
Stevie Nicks
Overjoyed
Stevie Wonder
Let It Go
"Frozen"
Part of Your World
"The Little Mermaid"
Send in the Clowns
Stephen Sondheim
Piano
Jazz Singer
Jazz Piano
Oldies Piano
Ambient Piano
Christmas Music Piano
Wedding Singer
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fundraisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Karin Kajita will also travel to Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Port Gamble, Suquamish, Edmonds, Bothell, Mountlake Terrace, Bremerton, Kingston, Lynnwood, Poulsbo, Redmond, Everett, Port Orchard, Renton, Indianola, Silverdale, Woodinville, Keyport, Vashon, Issaquah, Olalla, Rollingbay, Snohomish, Hansville, Kent, Mukilteo, Seabeck.
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