He studied at the Hot Clube of Portugal and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He won the Villas Boas award for best upcoming jazz musician, the "Outstanding Musicianship Award" from Berklee College and the New Talent Award by the JazzPortugal website.
After making his stage debut at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy, he did sideman work for Benny Golson, Seamus Blake, John Ellis, Peter Bernstein, Omer Avital, Donald Harrison Jr., Jesse Davis, Sheila Jordan, Paulinho Braga, Swingle Singers, Martin Taylor, Perico Sambeat, Herb Geller, Hotclube's Big Band, Metropolitan Orchestra, Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
Also works as a composer and arranger with musicians such as The Legendary Tigerman, António Zambujo, Old Jerusalem, Carlos do Carmo, GNR, Camané, David Fonseca, Marta Hugon, Sérgio Carolino and Carmen Souza.
With over 20 albums recorded as sideman, he also wrote music for many stageplays. As a pianist, he played in some of the most important festivals and jazz clubs around the world: Red Sea Jazz Festival, Luanda Jazz Festival, Duc des Lombards, CairoJazz Festival, etc. In 2011, the Bucharest Jazz Festival and the prize Carlos Paredes with the group of bassist André Carvalho.
He is also film director and comic book writer. He won the Fantasporto in 2004 and the Méliès d´Or in Finland with his short film "I´ll see you in my Dreams", and currently writes for Dark Horse Comics in the U.S. In 2012 he was invited to write for Dark Horse Presents, alongside Frank Miller and Mike Mignola. He is the creator of the trilogy "The Adventures of Dog Pizzaboy Mendonça". These comic books have forewords of the legendary directors John Landis, George a. Romero and Tobe Hooper, and are published in several countries.
Currently, he is a professor at the Escola Superior de Música in Lisbon.