João (John) Neves learned percussion growing up in Brazil. In the US he studied flute with Salvatore Amato, first flutist with Yale Symphony. From 1982 to 1986 he attended the Jazz Studies Program at Foothill College under the direction of Dr. Terry Summa.
João has performed as percussionist / flutist with Corpo Santo, Brazuca, Viva Brazil, Peter Spitzer Trio, and Samba Pagode. He presently plays with Bossa Deep Groove and Sambosseros Jazz.
João Neves has been a member of the CSMA Music Faculty for more than 20 years, and has taught jazz combos, jazz improvisation classes, jazz flute, Brazilian percussion and digital arts.