CONNIE HAN TRIO at Smoke (Oct. 4; 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.). At just 22, the Los Angeles-based pianist Ms. Han is one of the more promising young musicians in straight-ahead jazz. Her biggest inspiration comes from the blues-based, modal jazz of the 1960s: post-bop by musicians like Wayne Shorter and Cedar Walton. After a brief stint at U.C.L.A., Ms. Han abandoned the academic track and began working professionally. Perhaps that helps account for the fact that despite her youth, Ms. Han’s playing seems to have years of real-world experience baked into it. On Thursday she celebrates the release of her debut album, “Crime Zone,”with Edwin Livingston on bass and Bill Wysaske on drums.
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