João Moreira



Born June 11, 1970 in Lisbon, he plays the trumpet since 11 years old.

He graduated in January 1999 in Jazz and Contemporary Music from the New School for Social Research (New York), where he had the opportunity to study counterpoint, atonal theory and composition with Henry Martin, Jazz composition and motivic development in improvisation with Richie Beirach, and Charles Tolliver on trumpet and Jimmy Owens.

He was an assistant in the disciplines of Rhythmic Auditory Analysis. During his stay in New York, he worked as a trumpeter with musicians, like Joe Chambers, Wallace Roney, Mulgrew Miller, Buster Williams, Jimmy Owens, Michael Phillip to Mossman and John Pattituci, having acted in renowned clubs such as the Blue Note, Smalls and Zinno's.

Also integrated the "big bands" led by trumpeter Charles Tolliver and percussionist.

Back in Portugal, where since 2000, regained his position of professor at the School of Jazz Hot Club of Portugal (IASJ-founding member of the International Association of Schools of Jazz) where he taught since 1989. Also assumed the role of Pedagogical Coordinator of the school, as well as the Coordinator of the Jazz Conservatory of Music in Madeira. 

He was a lecturer in the Undergraduate Music in Piaget Institute in Almada, between 2004 and 2008, and the School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE) in Porto between 2006 and 2009.

He is currently the coordinator of the Bachelor of Music (Jazz variant) of the School of Music, where he teaches since 2008. Has conducted numerous workshops and seminars.

As a trumpeter, João Moreira has experience of many years, having played virtually every jazz festival in the country as well as many festivals foreign (United States, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, amongst others). He has performed with several Portuguese musicians (like Mario Laginha, Maria João, Carlos Barretto and Carlos Bica) and foreign (Chris Cheek, Mark Turner, John Ellis, Rick Margitza, Bruce Barth, Phil Markowitz, Sylvia Cuenca, Lynn Arriale, Robert Sadin, Tom Harrell, Tim Hagans, Ira Coleman and Troy Davis).

He joined the resident Orchestra of Guimarães Jazz Festival, under which he worked with musicians like Markus Stockhausen, Julian Arguelles, Martin France, Le Nguyen, Carles Benavente and under the direction of Kenny Wheeler, Gianluigi Trovesi, Bob Mintzer, Maria Schneider.

In recent years has collaborated regularly with Ivan Lins, Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, António Zambujo, Cristina Branco, among others.