Having studied the piano at the Berklee College of Music during the first half of the '70s, Alfredo Cardim continued his advanced studies with Don Sebesky and later at the Juilliard School of Music. As a sideman, Cardim performed with Cláudio Roditi (with whom he recorded Red on Red), Astrud Gilberto, Joe Lovano, Naná Vasconcelos, Paquito D'Rivera, Joe Hunt, Milton Banana, Fogueira Três (Bossa Nova Vol. 1 and Bossa Nova Vol. 2), Edison Machado (with whose quartet he recorded Obras), Raul de Souza, Paulinho Trumpete (Um Sopro do Brasil), Mônica Hatch (If You Never Come to Me), Toninho Horta, and Joyce (Áqua e Luz and Joyce Live). As a soloist, he performed at the Blue Note, Sweet Basil, Village Gate, the Telecom Jazz Festival (Argentina), Umea Jazz Festival (Sweden), Mozart Concert Hall (Austria), and in the New Morning Jazz Club (Paris, France), recording Bossa Blues with Joe Hunt and Barry Smith and Bossa Nova & MPB with Duduka da Fonseca and Nilson Matta.
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