"Mari Koga! Take a note of that name....
Superb rhythm and musicality make her treat for all of us....
And those around who like jazz will especially get a boot out her scat work, like a horn." Mark Murphy - Jazz Vocalist
A Japanese born New Yorker, Mari Koga, started singing professionally when she was a college student in Osaka, Japan. Early on, she won the first prize at the 10th Annual Jetstream young vocalist contest. She was soon very much in demand as a young Jazz singer in Japan.
Mari came to New York City to immerse herself in New York jazz scene. Audiences have been delighted by her voice and unusual song arrangements with her throaty low register she scats with a horn-like improvisational style. Her interpretation of jazz standards use modern meters and chord changes to create sophisticated yet accessible music.
Mari has performed at popular New York venues such as Blue Note. She has also appeared at prestige jazz clubs in Tokyo. Mari first CD "Shabadaba" was release in 2002 by New York's musicMonkey label. Her arrangement of six jazz standards on the album.
Mari has also performed for commercial films with clients such as American Plastic Council and Marriot Hotels.