'THOSE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN'

Pedro Santana & José Dias

documentary [2016]


The short documentary film captures a turning point in Portuguese jazz, where the boundaries of personal, national and pan-European identities are being questioned. 
Shot in Lisbon in early 2016, 'Those Who Make it Happen' features the testimonies of musicians, promoters and researchers who think about jazz in Portugal in its artistic, pedagogical, performative, social and political dimensions.

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WILL THE REAL SLIM SHADY PLEASE STAND UP

... TO TRUMP 

José Dias, 2017​

In the absence of more palpable combativeness from high-profile figures of the Democratic Party, pop artists seem to be taking central stage on being vocal against Trump. From MadonnaJohn Legend and Cher, to Miley CyrusShakira and Stevie Wonder, they’ve all spoken out against him. The difference with Eminem is that he uses the same level of bullying as the president. And that might just draw some of Trump voters’ attention.

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The Conversation. December 13, 2017

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DUBLIN CALLING:
CHALLENGING EUROPEAN CENTRALITY AND PERIPHERALITY THROUGH JAZZ

José Dias, 2016​

Each year, Dublin based 12 Points European Jazz Festival opens calls for young European artists. Although Dublin has been peripheral to the European jazz scene, the festival has grown to stand as a symbol of the Irish will to be at its core.  

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Redefining art worlds in the late modernity, P. Guerra & P. Costa (Eds.). Porto: University of Porto, pp. 69-84.

IMPROVISATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE: NEW NARRATIVES IN JAZZ PROMOTION AND DISSEMINATION

José Dias & Haftor Medboe, 20164

To what extent market realignments have prompted individual and collective creative responses to current difficulties associated with the promotion of jazz music?   

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First Monday, Volume 19, Number 10 - 6 October 2014

First Monday - Napster, 15 years on: Rethinking Digital Music Distribution, University of Illinois at Chicago, www.firstmonday.org

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN DISPLACEMENT AND BELONGING: JAZZ MOBILITY, AND IDENTITY IN EUROPE

José Dias, 2016​

Jazz in Europe is largely shaped by the mobility of its actors, and informed by both the experiences of actors on the ground and their projection of what European identity is or should be. However, contrasts between European counties, such as geographical and economic peripherality and centrality, and differentiated cultural and education policies, still stand as significant challenges to those who operate in the field.

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Music and Human Mobility. Redefining Community in Intercultural Context 5 (1), M. Côrte-Real and P. Moreira (eds.). Brasov: Henri Coanda Air Force Academy Publishing House, pp. 151-156.

PLUNDERING DEAD ARTISTS FOR CHRISTMAS SALES IS MORE THAN CREEPY 

José Dias, 2017​

Records are more than sound – they document a moment in time of a unique interaction between musicians, producer, technicians and even the recording room. Technology is very useful when it comes to restoring priceless recordings, enabling them to be enjoyed today. That is respecting the past and heritage. Using that technology to sell a Christmas album is a completely different agenda.

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The Conversation. December 19, 2017

WOMEN JAZZ MUSICIANS ARE USING #METOO AND TAKING A STAND AGAINST SEXISM 

José Dias, 2018

Women in jazz – and in music generally – have been traditionally relegated to very specific roles or, in some cases, disregarded altogether. In the past they would be naturally accepted as singers or pianists. But taking the saxophone, the bass or – God forbid – the drums was clearly off limits and not suitable for them.

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The Conversation. January 12, 2018

JAZZ IN EUROPE:

NETWORKING AND NEGOTIATING IDENTITIES

Jose Dias

Bloomsbury, 2019

Should we talk of European jazz or jazz in Europe? What kinds of networks link those who make it happen 'on the ground'? What challenges do they have to face?

 

Jazz is a part of the cultural fabric of many of the European countries. Jazz in Europe: Networking and Negotiating Identities presents jazz in Europe as a complex arena, where the very notions of cultural identity, jazz practices and Europe are continually being negotiated against an ever changing social, cultural, political and economic environment. The book gives voice to musicians, promoters, festival directors, educators and researchers regarding the challenges they are faced with in their everyday practices. Jazz identities in Europe result from the negotiation between discourse and practice and in the interstices between the formal and informal networks that support them, as if 'Jazz' and 'Europe' were white canvases where diversified notions of what jazz and Europe should or could be are projected.

Published: 30-05-2019

Format: Hardback/EPUB/PDF eBook

Edition: 1st

Extent: 208

ISBN: 9781501346583

Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic

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JAZZ IN PORTUGUESE FILM: BELARMINO (1964) AND ALICE (2005) - TWO MILESTONES

José Dias & Pedro Cravinho, 2014

Belarmino and Alice play decisive roles in the history of Portuguese film. Both films and their music provide us with essential information on Portuguese society and its jazz community at two different times: in the sixties under Salazar’s dictatorial Estado Novo regime; and in the beginning of the 21st century as a full member of the European Union.     

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Quaderns de Cine, 9 (2014), pp. 43-50

Universitat d'Alacant. Vicerectorat de Cultura, Esports i Política Lingüística

JAZZ NETWORKING IN EUROPE: BUILDING COMMON IDENTITY, AND STRUGGLING ECONOMIC CRISIS THROUGH MUSIC

José Dias,,2013

The 2008 economic crisis led the EU to question itself as a viable political, economic and cultural entity. Against this backdrop, jazz musicians generated new transnational ensembles in order to optimize resources. Also, several independent producers 

endorsed jazz venues as a way to promote a common multicultural European identity.      

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Rhythm Changes II - Rethinking Jazz Cultures Conference University of Salford, 2013