João Pedro Brandão is from Oporto where he began his musical studies as a flutist.
In 2007 he completed his degree in jazz/saxophone at ESMAE (School of Music and
Performing Arts in Porto).
Between January and July 2007, he studied at Lemmensinstitut (Belgium) with Frank
Vaganné, Dré Palemaerts, among others.
He finalized in 2012 is Master degree in Jazz at ESMAE having studied composition
with Carlos Azevedo and Paulo Perfeito.
During these years he had the opportunity to take classes and workshops with
several Saxophonists: Mark Turner, Greg Osby, Chris Cheek, Steve Wilson, Bill
McHenry, Miguel Zenon, Jaleel Shaw, and with composers Maria Schneider and Jason
He is a part of Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos; leads the 12 piece ensemble CORETO,
considered one of the most influent jazz groups in Portugal; co-leads the trio "Bode
Wilson" with Demian Cabaud and Marcos Cavaleiro; is part of Susana Santos Silva's
"Impermanence" and "Lucia Martinez Cuarteto"
In July 2010 he co-founded the Porta-Jazz Association