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WRTI's NPR Live Sessions Video of the Week: Steinway Artist Connie Han's "Extended Stay"

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Connie Han

When the leather-clad Connie Han sits down at a piano, she makes magic happen. It’s no wonder that she is one of NPR’s Artists To Watch for 2020. She, along with bassist Ivan Taylor and drummer Bill Wysaske dazzled on “Extended Stay,” which we are thrilled to present to you this week. As we celebrate jazz (a little bit extra) this month, it’s great to see young artists like Connie continuing to breathe new life into the art form.

Watch the video of Connie and her band playing "Extended Stay" in the WRTI Performance Studio

“If there’s ever been a reason for not judging a book by its cover, well, Connie Han would absolutely be among the top reasons. And at a minimum, she would rank high on that list,” quips WRTI Jazz Host Live Sessions Executive Producer J. Michael Harrison.

“This acclaimed 24-year-old Steinway Artist from Los Angeles is making statements with her gifted playing and also possesses a certain panache that is uniquely hers within the jazz community. Just over a year ago, Connie’s trio graced the WRTI Performance Studio with a mini set of music to remember.   

Considering the extreme challenges confronting us all on a daily basis, we thought Connie’s enthusiastic, charismatic and spirited performance would be an excellent Video of the Week to help kickoff Jazz Appreciation Month 2020.”

Maureen began her radio career at WRTI in 1999 while studying broadcasting at Temple University. Determined to make it in the entertainment industry, she took advantage of all the creative opportunities presented to her at WRTI - she hosted the overnight jazz broadcasts through her entire college career, she was an arts and culture reporter, and she soaked up the jazz biz from her many WRTI mentors.