John Carney Díaz


John was born in Panama City and began his musical career there before moving to the U.S. in 1973. He studied at the University of Alburquerque and the Univeristy of New Mexico obtaining his Bachelors Degree in Performing Arts.

He continued his career playing Country, Rock, R & B, Blues, Latin Jazz and Classical.  In addition to playing in Panama, New Mexico, and Texas, John has performed in Atlantic City, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Orlando, New Orleans, and in 2014 he performed in Europe with award winning Swiss Blues guitarist, Andy Egert.  John has also opened for Bo Diddley, Styx, Little Richard, Clint Black, and backed such legendary artists as Joe Cocker and Percy Sledge.  In 1991 John became lead guitarist for the “Big Otis Show Band” and spent the following 8 years playing beside many of the best musicians in Texas and Louisiana. In 2000 John started his own smooth jazz band Gato Maximo.

John has released three CDs and is currently wrapping up his fourth.

In April, 2018 John was honored to perform with The Woodlands Symphony Orchestra for their Guitar Heroes tribute. John performed three numbers by Carlos Santana. To date, the only known performance of Santana’s music with Symphony Orchestra.

Currently John can be seen performing regularly throughout Panama. In February 2015 John performed for the first time at the 9th Annual Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival with his band and was invited back to Boquete in February 2016, 2017 and 2018.  John is looking forward to performing at the 13th Annual Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival in February 2019.

John Carney – back in the day……….

John Carney in Albuquerque
John Carney