José Dias is Assistant Professor in Critical Practice at Coventry University. He has developed research on European jazz networks, exploring the relationships between jazz practices, cultural identity and cultural policies in Europe; music and film; and women representation in jazz.
He has authored several research outputs, including the books Jazz in Europe: Networking and Negotiating Identities (Bloomsbury, 2019) and Festa do Jazz (INCM, 2020) and the documentary Those Who Make it Happen (2016).
As a musician, José Dias' albums have been widely acclaimed and his solo album, “After Silence, Vol.1” (Clean Feed 2019), was described as ‘an introspective masterpiece’ (All About Jazz) and listed as one of best albums of 2019 (Giornale della Musica) and the essential Portuguese jazz albums of the new century (Improvisando). As a composer, he has scored music for animation, film and television, as well as theatre and contemporary dance. His music is strongly inspired by the visual arts and literature.