John Kiko Carney Diaz

John Carney solo

Solo guitar

John was born in Panama City and began his musical career there before moving to the U.S.  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 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.

In 2000 John started his own smooth jazz band Gato Maximo. Currently John can be seen performing regularly in Panama City and the Coronado area in Panama.  In February 2015 John performed 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.

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