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Mari Koga
Japanese born New York vocalist Mari Koga sings "Jazz with a Latin Flavor".

She began singing pop songs as a teenager until she discovered herself as a jazz singer in her 20's. In the next step of her musical journey, she began playing with Latin musicians, introducing Afro-Latin rhythms and arrangements into her Jazz repertoire.

Mari released a new album, "PERFECT BLUE" in 2015, containing her unique arrangements of jazz standards and Afro-Latin influenced original songs. The Salsa song on this album “Lluvia de Lagrimas” is sung in Japanese and has been widely played on FM stations in the US, Japan and Latin America.

Audiences have been delighted by her unique repertoire, which ranges from jazz to danceable salsa to romantic bolero, and by her throaty horn-like improvisational scatting style.

In her third appearance at Birdland's Sunday show case, Mari will throw a Holiday Bash, playing familiar holiday songs with a Latin-Jazz flavor. Please mark your calendar and celebrate the beginning of Holiday season with Mari Koga and her Latin Quartet.