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Michael Case is a seasoned and accomplished musician with a diverse performance career on both electric and upright bass. He has performed on the stages of such famous New York venues as CBGBs, L'Amour, Webster Hall, The Continental, Smalls, Birdland, Kavehaz, Aaron Davis Hall, The Bitter End, and Rockwood Music Hall. His television debut performance was on NBC's Today in New York with singer/songwriter Gina Catalino. Michael Case performs and records in a wide array of styles: jazz, rock, heavy metal, folk, Latin jazz, orchestral, chamber music, and musical theater.

At age 15 he began playing electric bass, and by age 16 was playing all ages shows with heavy metal bands around Brooklyn. Inspired by the music of the legendary electric bassist Jaco Pastorious, Mike began his study of jazz electric bass with NY bassist Ron Smith who introduced him to the music of Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, and other jazz greats. Studying with Ron Smith sparked Mike’s interest in the double bass. He enrolled in the City College of New York’s Jazz Studies program where he studied double bass with Grammy nominated bassist/composer Sean Smith and Grammy award winning bassist/composer John Patitucci. He graduated from City College with a BFA in jazz performance.

Michael Case’s recordings with Gina Catalino on her songs 11:32 PM and Here and There from her debut album Swept in Sound, were featured on Showtime's original television series The L Word. He’s worked with New York saxophonist Johnny Butler, singer/songwriter Kyrie Maezumi, singer/songwriter Robyn Kemp, The Harlem Repertory Theater, Jazz For Peace and many other musicians and music groups.

Having moved to Salt Lake City in 2008 Michael Case is now active in the SLC music scene. He has performed at the Utah Arts Festival, Stein Eriksson Lodge, The River Horse, West Fest, The Egyptian Theater, Gracie's, Energy Solutions Arena and other area venues with a variety of bands and music ensembles. He is available for live performance, recording, and touring as both a band leader and freelance bassist.

Michael Case is available for freelance recording or performance work and private bass instruction.