Doublebass Player, Composer
I am currently living in Lisbon, trying to learn and play as much as I
can with my fellow musicians. Some of them are Afonso Pais, Luis
Candeias, Julio Resende, Joana Espadinha, Joao Firmino, Rui Pereira,
Gonçalo Marques, Bruno Santos, Desiderio Lazaro, Rita Martins, Luisa
Sobral and Paula Sousa.
I’m also teaching bass at the Escola de Jazz Luis Villas-Boas do Hot
Some of my projects are:
•My own band
feat. Luis Figueiredo piano ; Bruno Pedroso drums ; Ricardo Toscano
sax ; Diogo Duque trumpet ; João Firmino and Afonso Pais guitar ;
Luisa Sobral and Joana Espadinha vocals
feat. Nuno Ferrira guitar ; Chris Kase trumpet ; João Mortagua alto
sax ; Luis Cunha trombone ; Abe Rabade piano ; Joel Silva drums
feat. André Santos guitar ; Ricardo Toscano sax ; João Pereira drums
•João Firmino Trio
feat. João Firmino guitar ; Luis Candeias drums
feat. Luisa Sobral vocals ; João Salcedo piano ; Carlos Miguel drums
•Spyros Manesis Trio
feat. Spyros Manesis piano ; Kaspars Kurdeko drums
•João Firmino 5tet
feat. João Firmino guitar ; Desiderio Lazaro sax ; Oscar Graça piano ;
Luis Candeias drums
feat. Mariana Norton vocals ; Bruno Santos guitar ; Oscar Graça piano
; Luis Candeias drums
•Bruno Santos Ensemble
feat. Bruno Santos guitar ; Rodrigo Gonçalves piano ; Luis Candeias
drums ; Jorge Reis alt/soprano sax ; Cesar Cardoso tenor sax ; Paulo
Gaspar bass clarinete ; Gonçalo Marques trumpet ; Luis Cunha trombone
; Mariana Norton vocals.
I was born on a cold January 1986 morning in Lisbon…
Piano was my first try to get in touch with music when I was a kid
living in the countryside of Alentejo but soon I found out that this
was not my instrument but something else. It wasn’t until my 16th
easter that I got my first electric bass as a gift. A gift that
changed my future as nothing else did before.
During this period I studied with Gregg Moore and Miguel Amado who
taught me the fundamentals of electric bass playing as well as the
masters of this instrument, but as soon as I finished High School I
moved back to Lisbon to study jazz in the Hot Clube de Portugal “Luis
Villas-Boas Jazz School”.
When I turned 20 I found out that I couldn’t express what I wanted
with an electric bass and so I decided to learn double bass with
Nelson Cascais as a teacher.
One year later I moved to Holland to study in the Amsterdam
Conservatory, with 3 great teachers: Franz van der Hoeven, Arnold
Dooyawerd and Ernst Glerum and I graduated in June 2010 with 9 out of
During the period I studied in Amsterdam I got the 3rd Prize in the
“Bucharest International Jazz Competition” and went to the semi-finals
of the “Keep an Eye Jazz Award 2009″ – nothing really came out of it,
but I met some great people on the way. Recently I won the “Premio
Jovens Musicos 2011″ jazz combo category with Ricardo Toscano Quartet.
I had the opportunity to play in some major jazz Festivals around the
world like London Jazz Festival (UK), Cully Jazz (switzerland) , Den
Hague Jazz Festival, Jazz Ahead (germany) IJ Jazz Festival, Breda Jazz
Festival, Meer Jazz festival, Trytone Jazz Festival, (Holland),
Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona, Festival de Jazz de
Cartagena, Europa Fest (Romania), Sudoeste TMN, CoolJazzFest, Festa de
Jazz do S.Luis, Festival de Valado dos Frades, Jazz no Castelo, Seixal
I had the pleasure to learn with John Clayton, Larry Grenadier, Reuben
Rogers, Ben Street and Clemens Van der Feen.
I’m currently beeing taught by Alejandro Oliva.