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César Cardoso


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Born in 1982, in Leiria, soon dedicated his time to studying music, with only 7 years old.
In 1995 César Cardoso enrolled at Escola de Música do Orfeão de Leiria (EMOL), where he completed the conservatory in classical saxophone with Alberto Roque, in 2003.
From 2004 to 2008 he studied at Hot Clube de Portugal’s Jazz School, where he had lessons with Jorge Reis and Pedro Moreira 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, a big band which gathers Leiria’s jazz community and has given a set of concerts with Portuguese artists as special guests.
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 and was presented at Marinha Grande’s Jazz Festival.
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, some of the best Portuguese jazz musicians.
César is currently teaching saxophone, theory, combo and Big Band at Hot Clube de Portugal’s Jazz School.


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