First Thursdays opened the new year with a special performance by The Chase Morrin Trio. Chase Morrin — 19, composer, pianist and band leader from San Diego — is a sophomore in a five-year double degree program at Harvard University (bachelor’s in Science, class of 2015) and New England Conservatory of Music (master’s in Jazz Composition, class of 2016). He directs, composes and arranges for the Chase Morrin Trio, which won the open combo division at Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Festival. The Trio’s first studio CD, “En Comun,” featured all original work. Morrin also composes for the New England Conservatory (NEC) Jazz composer’s Workshop Orchestra and plays piano in an NEC ensemble.