Carlos del Junco

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Carlos del Junco
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Background information
Born 1958 (age 58–59)
Havana, Cuba
Genres Jazz, Blues
Instruments Harmonica
Labels NorthernBlues Music

Carlos del Junco (born May 17, 1958[when?] Havana) is a Cuban-Canadian harmonica musician.

Mr. del Junco immigrated with his family when he was one year old. He started to play the harmonica at 14 years old. He graduated from college with honours at the Ontario College of Art majoring in sculpture.

He specializes in playing the ten hole diatonic harmonica. He was taught to play chromatically by using an "overblow" technique taught to him by Howard Levy, a jazz virtuoso.

In the 1980s, Mr. del Junco performed with many bands including Latin/Reggae/R&B band "Eyelevel", "Ontario College of Art Swing Band" with Bill Grove and for six years with the rhythm and blues group "The Buzz Upshaw Band".

In 1990, he formed a blues/jazz/fusion band, "The Delcomos" with Kevin Cooke. He also has recorded with Marcel Aymar, Cassandra Vasik, Oliver Schroer, and Holly Cole.

In 1993, he won two gold medals at the Hohner World Harmonica Championship held in Trossingen, Germany. He was judged world's best in both the diatonic blues category and the diatonic jazz category. In November of that year he released his first CD with Bill Kinnear (musician).

He is currently signed with Toronto's NorthernBlues Music.


Date of release Title Artist
1993 Blues Bill Kinnear & Carlos del Junco
1995 Big Road Blues Thom "Champagne Charlie" Roberts & Carlos del Junco
1996 Just Your Fool The Carlos del Junco Band
1999 Big Boy Carlos del Junco
2001 Up and At 'Em Carlos del Junco
2005 Blues Mongrel Carlos del Junco
2008 Steady Movin' Carlos del Junco
2011 Mongrel Mash Carlos del Junco
2008 AA.VV. The Future of the Blues: Vol. II One song of Carlos del Junco 'Blues with a feeling'
2008 '[AA.VV. The Future of the Blues: Vol. III One song of Carlos del Junco 'Diddle it'
2016 Blues Etc... Jimmy Bowskill & Carlos del Junco


  • Live Tour Artists website
  • Toronto Star, July 4, 2005
  • Blues Review magazine, June/July 2005, pg. 47
  • Le Journal, December 4, 2004 (French)
  • Seattle Times, April 25, 2005
  • Times Herald, February 25, 2005
  • Chicago Sun-Times, April 28, 2006

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