César Camargo Mariano

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César Camargo Mariano (born 19 September 1943) is a Brazilian pianist, arranger, composer and music producer.


Mariano was born in São Paulo. In June 1957 the American trombone player Melba Liston invited thirteen-year-old Mariano to participate in her concert at a jazz club in Rio de Janeiro, and he appears in a program on Rio's Globo Radio called "The Boy Prodigy Who Plays Jazz".

The same year Mariano met Johnny Alf, who came to live with Mariano's family due to their great friendship. Together at the family home in São Paulo, Mariano became familiar with arranging, composing, and the arts of cinema and theatre, thanks to Johnny's encouragement.

Studying with his father, a music teacher, Mariano started to learn the theory behind the music he played and heard. Mariano formed amateur instrumental and vocal groups, when TV Record in São Paulo invited him for a special called "Passport to Stardom" (Passaporte para o Estrelato).

In the early 1960s, a teenage Mariano became famous for his ability to swing and for his now-legendary left hand. His ensembles of that era, notably Sambalanço Trio and Som Três, are regarded as high points in Brazilian jazz; so is his 1981 album Samambaia, one of his thirty-plus instrumental albums. Mariano'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, recorded with Antônio Carlos Jobim, features Mariano as producer, pianist, and musical director.

Since then, Mariano 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 Vertullo Brandão aka Gata Mansa, he had a son Marcelo Mariano, today an accomplished bass player. He was married to Brazilian super-star Elis Regina for 8 years and they had two children (Pedro Mariano and Maria Rita); today they're both established singers.

From his third marriage of 30 years with Flavia Rodrigues Alves he has a daughter, Luisa Mariano Imbert (1986), also a singer and graduate from Berklee College of Music, who has worked at Sony Music and currently works for Venus Brown at Buddah Brown Entertainment.

In April 1994, Mariano moved to the United States, where he lives with his wife. 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
  • Ao Vivo with Leny Andrade (2007)


CLIO awards[edit]

International radio

  • Winner: Music/lyrics
  • Chevrolet Line - "The World Out There"
  • Music Director
  • Music Composer

International radio

  • Winner: Overall campaign
  • Chevrolet Line - "The World Out There"
  • Music Director
  • Music Composer

International TV/cinema

  • Recognition: Music
  • GM Cars - "See The Country"
  • Music composer

International radio

  • Recognition: Beverages
  • Coca-Cola - "There Are Times...."
  • Music composer

International radio

  • Recognition: Music/lyrics
  • Chevrolet Line - "Come On"
  • Music composer

International radio

  • Recognition: Beverages
  • Coca-Cola - "It Doesn't Matter..."
  • Personalities

International radio

  • Recognition: Overall campaign
  • Coca-Cola - "There Are Times...", "It Doesn't Matter"
  • Music composer

International radio

  • Recognition; Automotive
  • Chevrolet Line - "Come On"
  • Music composer

International radio

  • Recognition; Music scoring
  • Hilton cigarettes - "Hilton"
  • Music arrangement

International radio

  • Recognition: Automotive
  • Chevrolet Line - "It's For Real Samba"
  • Composer
  • Music Director

International radio

  • Recognition: Automotive
  • Chevrolet Line - "It's For Real Funk"
  • Composer

Grammy awards[edit]

2006 Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 2007 Best MPB Album: "Ao Vivo" (with Leny Andrade)

Grammy awards nomination[edit]

  • Fifth Latin Grammy Awards
  • Best MPB Album: "Piano & Voz"

Sharp Music award[edit]

  • Second Sharp Music Award
  • Best Arranger "Samba"
  • Fifth Sharp Music award
  • Best Arranger: "Instrumental"
  • Seventh Sharp Music Award
  • Best Arranger: "Instrumental"

Playboy award[edit]

  • V Playboy award
  • Best Arranger

TIM Music Award[edit]

  • First Brazilian TIM Music Award
  • Best Instrumental Album: "Duo"

APCA Awards[edit]

  • 1972 Best Arranger
  • 1974 Best Arranger
  • 1976 Special Highlight
  • 1978 Best Arranger
  • 1979 Best Arranger
  • 1980 Best Pianist
  • 1979 Best Arranger
  • 1982 Best Arranger and Best Pianist
  • 1983 Best Arranger and Best Pianist
  • 1984 Best Arranger and Best Pianist

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