Dominic Martinez
Musician | Educator

About Dominic

Photo by Mikel Darling
Photo by Mikel Darling

Dominic Roch Martinez is a freelance musician, primarily as a bassist, based in Los Angeles since late 2016. Originally from Richmond, VA, he graduated magna cum laude from The George Washington University in 2012 with a B.A. in Music as a Presidential Scholar of the Arts.

Before moving to LA, Dominic began his professional career in Washington, DC, playing bass in numerous jazz ensembles (including the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra), tango groups, symphony orchestras, musical pit bands, funk/soul bands, and other various groups.

He has performed at many DC-area venues, including the Kennedy Center, Lisner Auditorium, Bohemian Caverns, Twins Jazz, IOTA Club and Cafe, Ritz-Carlton hotels, the Embassy of Uruguay, the Embassy of France. In 2013, he spent four months performing with the RKO Quartet, led by Ron Mills (formerly of the Glenn Miller Orchestra), on Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas. He was the regular bassist for the Jennifer Scott Quartet (aka Bergamot Rose), and was a featured musician in the 2014 GALA Theater production Puro Tango II.

Since moving to LA, along with his continued freelancing work, Dominic's primary work is as one half of the duo Roch & Rose. He also plays bass with indie rock band The Lavender Scare, country singer-songwriter Jason Hawk Harris, the musician collective Flight of Voices, country singer-songwriter Mitch Bradford, and Los Angeles lounge legends Marty and Elayne at the Dresden. Other venues in LA where he has performed include the Hotel Cafe, Village Studios, the Hi-Hat, Harvard and Stone, Brand Library, and Molly Malone's.

Dominic is also a music educator - in 2014, he was a bass instructor with the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Aside from bass, he also teaches piano, guitar, ukulele, drums, violin, and cello. In DC, he taught private lessons with Studio Papillon. In LA, he continues to teach as a freelancer. His social media presence is mostly on Instagram:

"This dude picks up and retains information faster than most. His playing incites many to make that feel good stink-face, but don't listen too long or you'll get stuck like that." - Jason Hawk Harris

BOOK Dominic

Dominic is available for live shows, recording sessions, and private lessons - all styles and genres, both traditional and modern. If you're interested in booking, please shoot a message through the link below!

Header photo by Maria Weissman

Lower photo by JazzShoots