José Dias is Senior Lecturer in Music at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has developed research on European jazz networks, exploring the relationships between jazz practices, cultural identity and cultural policies in Europe. From his research experience, Dias has been appointed delegate for several European jazz festivals and associations.
He has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed publications and released his documentary on Portuguese jazz, 'Those Who Make It Happen', in 2016.
Dias is also a composer and musician. He has performed and recorded with different international jazz artists, and scored music for film, animation, theatre and contemporary dance.