Jazz singer/pianist Diane Marino was born in the New York City borough of Manhattan and began piano lessons at the age of ten. She attended the High School for the Performing Arts as a classical piano major, then studied piano with Murray Perahia at the Mannes College of Music. She had already begun appearing professionally before earning her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Mannes, playing and singing around the New York metropolitan area. She worked solo until she met bassist Frank Marino, whom she subsequently married, and with whom she formed the Brazilian nonet Som Brasiliero. On August 26, 2003, the Marinos' M&M Records label released A Sleepin' Bee, an album by the Diane Marino Quartet, also featuring flute and saxophone player Rusty Jessup and drummer Chris Brown. On the Street Where You Live followed on May 4, 2004. Having relocated to Nashville, Marino released her third album, Just Groovin', a collection of her interpretations of '60s pop standards featuring such guests as Kirk Whalum, Houston Person, and Felix Cavaliere, on September 16, 2008.