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Jazz pianist Connie Han brings the sexy back to the Jazz groove

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Connie Han, was born February 4, 1996 in California and grew into a superb jazz pianist, Steinway Artist, and Mack Avenue Records recording artist. In 2019, JAZZIZ magazine featured her in "The Shape of Jazz to Come: Artists to Watch in 2019", and Paste ranked her among the twelve jazz musicians to watch for musical supremacy.

She was raised in a family of musicians in Los Angeles, California and was taught piano from an early age, and at the age of 14, became interested in jazz when she attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Her mentor there was the drummer Bill Wysaske, who later also produced her first album and supervised her trio. At 17 she got a commitment to perform at UCLA for three weeks.

In 2015 Connie released her debut album The Richard Rodgers Songbook, which was self-published. This was followed by a recording contract with Mack Avenue Records and the production Crime Zone with compositions by Han/Wysaske, a musical tribute to her idols McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Kenny Kirkland. The album included Wysaske and Edwin Livingston (bass) and the guest musicians Walter Smith III (saxophone) and Brian Swartz (trumpet). The title track is inspired by films like Blade Runner and the anime movie Akira.

In 2019, Connie was named a Steinway Artist and in the same year, JAZZIZ magazine featured her in "The Shape of Jazz to Come: Artists to Watch in 2019", claiming that her musical skills embodies her primary jazz influences McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Kenny Kirkland "in way of spirit and energy, not mere reproduction." Her original compositions from Crime Zone "were firmly stamped with her own artistic vision, and it's a vision that she will certainly continue to expand through 2019 and beyond."

Music critic Bill Milkowski ranks Connie among the twelve jazz musicians to watch in 2019 and beyond.

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