Ted Case graduated in May 2014 from the Thornton School of Music at USC. Ted moved from his birthplace in North Carolina to Portland, Oregon, when he was six years old. He started playing classical piano in second grade and gravitated to jazz in high school when he fell in love with the recordings of Oscar Peterson, Vince Guaraldi and Hank Jones. In 2010 he earned the piano chair in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, a national honor band. In 2012 he won the Wildflower Solo Piano competition in the collegiate jazz category. At USC, Ted had the honor to study under Vince Mendoza, Russell Ferrante, and Alan Pasqua. He performs frequently in the Los Angeles area with his own trio and as a sideman. He also leads Purple Crayon, an eight-piece jazz / soul band that combines a string quartet, rhythm section, and singer; they released their debut EP in December 2014.