Susie Hansen studied classical music as a child. Later, she earned a graduate degree in computer science at MIT. But, a singer at heart, she just wasn’t fulfilled.

“I decided I really needed to go back to music,” Hansen said. “Jazz was the only thing that held me until I discovered Latin jazz 26 years ago.”

Thus, Susie Hansen Latin Band was born.

Her six-piece performs Sunday afternoon at Fisherman’s Village, capping off a double shot of Latin music in Marina del Rey that begins Saturday afternoon with a concert by Charangoa, a charanga-charged Cuban orchestra led by Fay Roberts.

The Susie Hansen Latin Band, featuring longtime pianist Joe Rotondi, has played Fisherman’s Village for 23 years.

“It’s beautiful, and we get a lot of great dancers from the Westside who like to come down there and strut their stuff,” Hansen said. Expect a Frank Sinatra cha-cha medley, some Tito Puentes, “and a lot of original music that the people know well and request.”

Any regrets about choosing a career in mambos over megabytes?

“Well, my banker regrets it,” she said, laughing.

Charangoa plays from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and the Susie Hansen Latin Band from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Fisherman’s Village, 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. susiehansen.com; charangoa.com

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