Mario Cruz

Born and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas, Mario was plucking out tunes by ear from his mom's piano at an early age. He has had the privilege to perform, record and/or tour with an impressive list of some of music's biggest names including jazz greats Jaco Pastorius, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, and Peter Erskine; fusion music's Bob James and Jeff Lorber; pop icons Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Cole, Paul Shafer, and Joe Cocker; latin music's Celia Cruz and Dave Valentin and blues legends Lou Rawls and Ray Charles.  Mario's musical interests are equaled only by his diversity.

When he joined up with the legendary fusion group “Blood, Sweat, and Tears”, Mario made his way from Dallas to New York where he spent 25 years in the New York music scene.  In addition to his list of world tours with big-name acts, he has an extensive resume of TV, jingle and motion picture studio work.  Mario has written and arranged many compositions that have been used in TV shows, commercials, jingles and movie soundtracks; recorded on his and other artists' CD's; and performed by many academic and professional jazz and symphonic ensembles. 

After his 25 years in New York, Mario returned to his Texas roots in the Dallas- Ft. Worth area and continues his music adventure, using his life and music experience to cultivate his unique, eclectic style. He continues a busy performance schedule, performing at many Texas area jazz clubs and festivals as well as giving clinics and concerts…and still plucks out tunes from his mom's piano.