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Cesar Camargo Mariano (September 19 1943, São Paulo) is a Brazilian pianist, arranger, composer and music producer. He is one of the most renowned instrumental artists to come out of his home country.


In June 1957 the American trombone player Melba Liston invited Cesar to participate in her concert at a jazz club in Rio de Janeiro, and he appears in a special program on Rio's Globo Radio called "The Boy Prodigy Who Plays Jazz."

This same year Cesar meets Johnny Alf, who comes to live with Cesar's family due to the great friendship. Together at the family home in São Paulo, Cesar becomes familiar with secrets of arranging, composing, and the arts of cinema and theater, thanks to Johnny's encouragement.

Studying with his father, a music teacher, Cesar starts to learn the theory behind the things he plays and hears. About two years of frustrating attempts follow. Cesar continues playing by ear, forming amateur instrumental and vocal groups, when TV Record in São Paulo invites him for a special called "Passport to Stardom" (Passaporte para o Estrelato).

In the early '60s, just as the bossa nova was taking its baby steps toward enchanting the world, a teenage Cesar became famous for his ability to swing and for his now-legendary left hand. His ensembles of that era, notably Sambalanço Trio and Som Tres, are regarded as high points in Brazilian jazz; so is his 1981 album Samambaia, one of his thirty-plus instrumental albums. Cesar's collaborations with some of Brazil's most important singers like Wilson Simonal and Elis Regina, have brought him worldwide acclaim; the historic 1973 album Elis e Tom, made with Antônio Carlos Jobim, features Cesar as producer, pianist, and musical director.

Since then, Cesar has worked with an international array of giants, from Yo-Yo Ma, to Blossom Dearie; he has also composed a wealth of soundtrack music for film and TV.

From his first marriage with singer Marisa Gata Mansa, he had a son Marcelo Mariano, today a great Bass player in Brasil. He was together for 8 years with Brazilian star Elis Regina and they had two kids together (Pedro Camargo and Maria Rita); today both are famous singers in Brasil. From his second marriage with Flavia Rodrigues Alves he had a daughter, Luisa Camargo Mariano, also a singer, currently attending Berklee College of Music (2007).

In April of 1994, Cesar moves to the United States, where he lives now with his wife and daughter. César Camargo Mariano received the 2006 Latin Recording Academy® Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award.


  • Quarteto Sabá (1964) RGE
  • Sambalanço Trio (1964) RGE
  • Sambalanço Trio II (1965) RGE
  • Lennie Dale e o Sambalanço Trio (1965) Elenco
  • Raulzinho e o Sambalanço Trio (1965) RCA
  • Reencontro com Sambalanço Trio (1965) RGE
  • Octeto de César Camargo Mariano (1966) RGE
  • Som Três (1966) RGE
  • Som Três Show (1968)
  • Som Três Vol. II (1969) RGE
  • Som Três Vol. III - Um é Pouco, Dois é Bom (1970)
  • Som Três Vol. IV - Tobogã (1971) Odeon Brazil
  • São Paulo - Brasil (1978) RCA Brazil
  • César Camargo Mariano & Cia. (1980)
  • Samambaia (1981) EMI/Odeon Brazil
  • A Todas As Amizades (1983) Columbia Brazil
  • Todas As Teclas (1984) Ariola - with Wagner Tiso
  • Voz & Suor (1984) EMI/Odeon
  • Prisma (1985) Pointer - Brazil
  • Mitos (1988) Sony Brazil
  • Ponte das Estrelas (1988) Sony Brazil
  • César Camargo Mariano (1989) Chorus Brazil
  • Natural (1993) Polygram
  • Nós (1994) Velas - with Leny Andrade
  • Solo Brasileiro (1994) Polygram Brazil
  • Piano Voz y Sentimiento (1997) Polygram Mexico
  • Duo: Romero Lubambo e César Camargo Mariano (2002) Trama Brazil
  • Nova Saudade (2002) Rob Digital Brazil
  • Piano & Voz: César Camargo Mariano e Pedro Mariano (2003) Trama Brazil

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