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Case releases jazz CD

Ian Case, a 2000 Nevada Union High School graduate, released his first solo jazz CD, “Ascendant,” this month.

Case plays every instrument on “Ascendant”: drums, electric and acoustic guitars, four- and five-string bass, keyboards, percussion and alto sax.

He also recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered the CD in his Grass Valley home studio.

Six months in the making, “Ascendant” includes jazz fusion and melodic jazz compositions.

This is the second CD Case has been involved in – he also was on a CD with Summit Connection while in high school. Case was in the blues-funk band for two years.

Case, 20, moved to Boston two weeks ago to attend Berkeley College of Music, a large independent college that focuses on contemporary music.

“I feel that Grass Valley is still my home base,” said Case by phone Tuesday from Boston. But he will spend the majority of his time there.

Case is planning a five-year double major at Berklee, combined with competing seriously in national cross country ski racing.

That plan continues the goals he set while growing up here. Case was in Nevada Union’s jazz band and symphonic bands and on NU’s cross country ski team and the Far West Nordic Ski Team.

Case is enjoying his time in Boston.

“It’s really neat to be here with so many musicians from so many different places,” he said. “I think it’s the best thing about being here. As great as the college is, it’s just awesome to be with so many wonderful musicians from around the world.”

His old friends and music listeners can keep in touch with Case by calling him at (617) 859-8014 or (530) 477-6292. He can be e-mailed at

“Ascendant” is at Record Connection in Grass Valley.

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