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César Cardoso


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Born in Leiria, soon dedicated his time to studying music, with 7 years old. From 2004 to 2008 he studied at Hot Clube de Portugal’s Jazz School, and started to distinguish himself as a jazz musician and in May 2008 he was the only Portuguese selected to join the European Colours Jazz Orchestra. In 2008 he enrolled at Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa, where he continued to work with Jorge Reis e Pedro Moreira, having completed the Jazz Bachelor Degree in saxophone performance. He is the mentor and artistic director of Orquestra Jazz de Leiria. In 2010, César recorded his first debut CD, “Half Step”, with the musicians Bruno Santos, Filipe Melo, Demian Cabaud and Bruno Pedroso, his quintet at that time. The album also features Pedro Moreira as special guest. His second album, “Bottom Shelf”, was released in 2015, in Hot Clube de Portugal, and also features original music by César, specifically written for the members of his quartet – Bruno Santos, Demian Cabaud and André Sousa Machado. In 2016 César published the book “Teoria do Jazz” (“Jazz Theory”), the first book ever written in Portuguese about bases of Jazz. In 2018 César recorded his third album “Interchange”, with the same quartet and a special guest, Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone. In 2020 release his fourth album “Dice of Tenors”, a large ensemble with the musicians – Jason Palmer, Miguel Zenón, Massimo Morganti, Jeffery Davis, Óscar Graça, Demian Cabaud and Marcos Cavaleiro.