Alfredo Lopes has been performing and writing jazz repertoire since his Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1993. In 2012 he completed an Honours exegesis at Southern Cross University, Lismore: The harmonic explorations of Joe Henderson: A study by a professional jazz musician on his contribution to the modern jazz tenor saxophone sound. He has written and presented various research papers including: Jazzing: Intuition and Intellect, at the Australasian Jazz and Improvisation Research Network conference, Melbourne, 2–4 June 2017; Jazz as process: A different perspective for the 21st century, at the Continental Drift: A Century of Jazz on Record conference, Edinburgh Napier University, 15th–16th July 2017; and Developing art as process: Exploring the spaces between the outcomes, presented at the 14th International Arts in Society conference, Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon, Portugal, 19th–21st June 2019.
Alfredo is at Queensland Conservatorium of Music, working on a Doctorate of Musical Arts exegesis: Jazz as process: Developing artistic practice as a composer, player and leader in a small ensemble. He has studied arranging with Graeme Lyall, composition and harmony with Roger Frampton and piano and counterpoint with Judy Bailey. Alfredo has also studied with jazz great: Joe Henderson, saxophonist: Wes Anderson from the Lincoln Centre Orchestra and New York piano player/educator, Dr Barry Harris.
Alfredo has taught woodwinds at various states and private schools in NSW and QLD, preparing students for A.M.E.B and Trinity exams and various school and public performances, equipping students with a thorough understanding of music theory, performance, improvisation and composition fundamentals for more than 20 years. He has also taught at tertiary institutions as well as teaching workshops at various music camps and festivals.