One of the most creative Brazilian soloists, multi-instrumentalists (all saxes, flutes and native Brazilian bamboo flutes) Teco Cardoso was born in Sao Paulo City, whose cosmopolitan flavours can be felt in his music. He started his career playing in several well known Brazilian jazz groups, such as “ZonAzuL“, a while later became a steady member of the internationally acclaimed “Pau Brasil“.
Cardoso lived for a while in Los Angeles, studying with composer/arranger Moacir Santos, then returned to his native country, where he has been steadily performing with top Brazilian artists, such as Dori Caymmi, Edu Lobo, Joyce, Joao Donato, Marlui Miranda, Badem Powell, Carlos Lira, Johny Alf, Filo Machado, Rosa Passos, Monica Salmaso, Renato Bras among others.
As a soloist released important albums, highly stemmed by the public and the critics; such as “Caminhos Cruzados” (Duo with acclaimed composer/acoustic guitar virtuoso Ulisses Rocha);
“Meu Brasil“ (his first solo CD that won the Premio Sharp as the best instrumental release in 1998);
“Quinteto“ (with flute player and composer Lea Freire, recorded in NY after an american tour with the group) and
“O Cineasta da Selva“ (sound track that he produced and composed along with percussionist Caito Marcondes).
Teco has toured in Europe, North America and Japan having played in very important Jazz Festivals and clubs such as North Sea Jazz Festival, Spoleto USA Festival, Umbria Jazz, Paris Jazz, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Blue Note NY, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka, New Morning Paris, Quasimodo Berlim – Played 4 times at The Hollywood Bowl LA with several artists, such as Ivan Lins, Monica Salmaso, Sergio Santos, Oscar Castro Neves, Dori Caymmi.
In 96, along with other musicians created the record label “Nucleo Contemporaneo“, that has been considered by the critics as one of the most important projects in the Brazilian instrumental scene.
The label has released and produced over 30 albums, the cream of Brazilian Music. (The album “Orquestra Popular de Camara“ is one good example of creativity and excellence in their catalog).
Cardoso played baritone sax at the acclaimed double album Ouro Negro [Black Gold] dedicated to Moacir Santos’s work (MPB/Universal, 2001 and Adventure Music, 2004).
In 2003, Cardoso played at the double album and DVD Jobim Sinfônico [Symphonic Jobim] (Biscoito Fino, 2003 – Adventure Music, 2005), a definitive record of Tom Jobim’s orchestral work, Latin Grammy award as the “Best Classical Album” in 2004 and a Grammy nomination in 2005 as the “Best Crossover Album.”
In 2005, played baritone sax at the album Moacir Santos – Choros & Alegria [Biscoito Fino / Adventure Music] (Latin Grammy nomination in 2006), featuring, among the Brazilian musicians, Wynton Marsalis.
In 2009 won a Grammy award as best Jazz Group with the album “Randy in Brasil”.
Cardoso collaborated with Mario Adnet’s partnership with Philippe Baden Powell. The album “Afrosambajazz” – focused on the work of Philippe’s father: guitar genius Baden Powell. It was released in June 2009 in Brazil by Biscoito Fino and will be released in the U.S. by Adventure Music.
In 2010 released his new project, quintet “Vento em Madeira” along with flutist Lea Freire, and their latest well acclaimed album is “Brasiliana”.
With “Pau Brasil Quintet” recorded 10 albums, the latest was “Villa Lobos Superstar” playing Villa Lobos music, awarded as Best Instrumental Album and Best Instrumental Group in 2013 by the Brazilian Music Awards.
With the singer Monica Salmaso, his wife, he produced “Alma Lírica Brasileira”, awarded as the best DVD in 2014 by the Brazilian Music Awards and recently produced and released her new album “Corpo de Baile” in 2015.
The Press on Teco Cardoso
“ . . . a vibrant soloist with a high tropical energy.“ (Le Monde Paris)
“ . . . Cardoso displays passionate improvisational creativity.” (Leonard Feather LA Times)
“ . . . this is an album (Meu Brasil) that gives us a key to define a contemporary style of Brazilian instrumental music.”
(A Gazeta Mercantil)
“ . . . pure fun to listen.” (O Globo Rio de Janeiro)
“. . . A special thumbs up for saxophonist Teco Cardoso, who proves to be a remarkable team mate for the trumpeter
(Randy Brecker in “Randy in Brasil” CD, Grammy awarded in 2009) during the exchange of solos.” (KS)