José Dias – researcher and project leader in the field of Jazz Studies

Jose DiasThe conference organisers welcome José Dias from Lisbon, Portugal.

His PhD research on European jazz networks, alongside his association with the intra-European 12 Points jazz festival and the Portuguese jazz netlabel Sintoma Records, has led to his appointment as delegate for 12 Points, around the subject of which he is currently organising a monograph on European jazz, as co-editor, in collaboration with Tony Whyton (Birmingham City University /CHIME /Rhythm Changes), Gerry Godley (Leeds College of Music /12 Points) and Kenneth Killeen (Improvised Music Company /12 Points).

In Portugal, José Dias has been a leader in the establishment of platforms promoting knowledge exchange between academia and the music sectors – musicians, promoters, festivals, record labels, journalists, educators and researchers. This engagement has been channelled into initiatives such as Researchers in Residence (Universidade Nova de Lisboa/ Festa do Jazz Lisboa 2016), featuring high-profile international music researchers and promoters; and Future Jazz Talks (Universidade Nova de Lisboa/ Clean Feed Records/ Europe Jazz Network), as part of the 2016 EJN Board Meeting, in June 2016. José Dias is currently finishing the filming and editing of the documentary Those Who Make it Happen, on Portuguese jazz and its mapping in the European jazz scene, for release in July 2016.

As a musician, José Dias has performed with European and American artists at numerous international music festivals and venues, delivered master classes on composition and performance, and released a number of albums as both leader and sideman. As an educator, Jose Dias established and developed the course programme for the prestigious JBJazz School Lisbon, where he held the post of Pedagogical Director (2004-2012).

Niels Overgaard –

Niels Overgaard
The organising committee has great pleasure in announcing conference panel-participation by Niels Overgaard.

Dubbed “no ordinary jazz blogger” by Danish national broadsheet, Politiken, Niels Overgaard has, over the past decade, become Denmark’s most respected and prolific jazz critics. With a deep interest in the music’s historical framework, Niels Overgaard writes predominantly about Danish jazz and, through his unstinting commitment to his interest, has gained an unparalleled overview of jazz from the region.

To appreciate the scope of Niels’ output, visit

Luca Vitali – The Sound of the North

Luca VitaliThe organising committee is delighted to welcome Luca Vitali as a conference panellist.

Luca Vitali is one of the founding members of Europe Jazz Media – a community of jazz journalists, media professionals and broadcasters. He has organised various contemporary music and performing arts events, and since 2010 has worked as one of the artistic curators of Bologna’s Angelica Festival. He has collaborated with various Norwegian institutions in Italy (Royal Norwegian Embassy, Royal Norwegian Consulate in Bologna), as well as with Jazzforum, Music Norway, Listen to Norway and Jazznytt.

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Call for Papers Closed

Yesterday, the conference organising team spent a very pleasant and stimulating morning reviewing responses to our call for papers.

We’re very excited about the selection of esteemed colleagues from around the world who have offered to present papers on a range of diverse topics that tie in with conference themes.

Stay tuned for details.  We will be posting the conference programme, as well as information about all the participants in the near future.