Carlos del Junco

Biography

Carlos was born in Cuba and his family emigrated to Canada when he was only one year old. He took up the harmonica as a teenager, but to say that Carlos del Junco just plays harmonica is a bit like saying Jimi Hendrix just played guitar. Though he began with the blues, his fascination with other musical forms such as jazz, Latin and reggae soon led him to explore these fields as well.

Inspired by the pioneering work of Howard Levy, Carlos learned to overblow on the diatonic Golden Melody harmonica and won first prize at the 1993 World Harmonica Championships in both diatonic blues and jazz categories. He was later awarded a Canadian government grant to study with Howard for 6 months in Chicago. For many years now he has seamlessly integrated all these elements into his own unmistakeable fusion which can be heard to great advantage on his 2011 release "Mongrel Mash", his 8th CD and essential listening for lovers of high-end contemporary harmonica playing.