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César Cardoso César Cardoso

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. Throughout those years, he participated in several master classes, where he had the opportunity to work with Hugo Gaito, José António Lopes, Mário Marques, Jean-Marie Londeix and other musicians. 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: in 2007 he was part of José Luís Peixoto’s play “Quando o Inverno Chegar”, with musical direction by Pedro Moreira; in December of that year he played in the Main Auditorium of Centro Cultural de Belém, representing the school in the festival “Portugal Jazz Itinerante”; 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. During his academic years, he participated in numerous workshops in which he contacted with tremendous musicians in the national and international jazz scene, such as Pedro Madaleno, João Moreira, Ricardo Pinheiro, Afonso Pais, Bruno Santos, José Menezes, Bernardo Moreira, Dave Schnitter, Jesse Davis, David Binney, John Taylor, Perico Sambeat, Chris Cheek, John Ellis and others

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Album Dice of Tenors by César Cardoso

Dice of Tenors

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Album Interchange by César Cardoso


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Album Bottom Shelf by César Cardoso

Bottom Shelf


Album Half Step by César Cardoso

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