Karin is a gifted jazz and classical pianist who has made her home in the Northwest 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. 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 a repertoire of approximately 1000 tunes in a variety of genres including jazz, classical, dixieland, pop and new age. She can transpose most tunes on the spot. She interracts well with her audiences and is very good at honoring requests. She is a terrific sight reader. She is available as accompanist for instrumentalists, jazz singers and opera singers.

Karin has had a successful solo performing career with contracts as far away as Europe, Japan, Canada, New York, Denver, Wichita and Salt Lake City. She has played at the 1201 3rd Avenue Building Atrium in downtown Seattle two to three days per week since 2005. Karin has had extended contracts at Snoqualmie Casino, Martins Off Madison, Julia’s on Broadway and most of the major hotels in the Seattle area. She recently played  on the Norwegian Jade, cruising to ports in the eastern Mediterranean.

Karin works with jazz vocalist Emily McIntosh, bassists Clipper Anderson and Jeff Davies, flute/sax legend Mark Lewis, trombonist Marc Smason, the Murphy Tyler Band, the David George 10tet and with her own hard bop group, the Karin Kajita Jazz Quintet. Please click the link to read more about the quintet.




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