The South Bay Area’s very own blues legend

You’ve heard him on record. See him in person.

He’s played with some famous people…

Performing in public since 1967, John has appeared with some of the best musicians in the world. His roster of affiliated acts reads like a Who’s Who list of the blues world and includes:

• Mose Allison • Billy Boy Arnold • Ronnie Barron • John Belushi • Elvin Bishop • Bobbie Black • Billy Branch • Earl “Good Rockin’” Brown • Mel Brown • Norton Buffalo • R. L. Burnside • Canned Heat • Tommy Castro • Lester Chambers • The Chambers Brothers • Clifton Chenier • Don Cherry • The Coasters • James Cotton • Paul DeLay • Bo Diddley • Bud Dimock • Honey Boy Edwards • The Fifth Dimension • Foghat • Mark Ford • Robben Ford • Steve Freund • Steve Gadd • Eric Gale • J. Geils Band • Lenny Goldsmith • Nick Gravenites • Dennis Gruenling • Buddy Guy • John Hammond • James Harman • Johnny Heartsman • John Lee Hooker • John Lee Hooker Jr. • Zakiya Hooker • Walter Horton • Mark Hummel • Deacon Jones • Greg Kihn Band • Albert King • B. B. King • Kingston Trio • Al Kooper • S. P. Leary • Albert Lee • Huey Lewis & The News • Steve Lucky • John Mayall • Brownie McGhee • Buddy Miles • Nick Moss • Matt Murphy • Charlie Musselwhite • Mark Naftalin • Lee Oskar • The Outlaws • Rod Piazza • Bonnie Raitt • Roomful of Blues • Skip Rose • Freddie Roulette • Otis Rush • Eddie Shaw • Guitar Shorty • Paul Simon • Sunnyland Slim • Gary Smith • Kenneth Smith • Hubert Sumlin • Finis Tasby • Eddie Taylor • Richard Tee • Sunny Terry • Ron Thompson • Big Mama Thornton • John Broadway Tucker • Luther Tucker • Ike Turner • Towns Van Zandt • Clean Head Vinson • Big Moose Walker • Mississippi Johnny Waters • Muddy Waters • Katie Webster • Junior Wells • Johnny Winter

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Bo Diddley (right) and John Garcia get their licks in at Old City Hall.

Blues Fans & Counting
Jazz Aficionados
Hours Performing
Heartaches Expressed Musically

Soloist, Front man, Side man, Educator

John García — Guitarist extraordinaire, bluesman, jazzman, fusion artist, singer, mentor, author, teacher.

Grand Dell Saloon, John Garcia

Virtuosity and Passion

John García is loaded with talent and technique. Truly a “musician’s musician”.

John García with John Lee Hooker

John García with John Lee Hooker

“He’s one of the best…”

“He’s one of the best I’ve heard in a long time.” – John Lee Hooker, San Jose Mercury News

I call John “my inheritance”. Not that he was willed to me as property, but as a recommendation by my dad to “Try John García. He’s bad.”
John Lee Hooker, Jr., Recording Artist
[John] García, in particular, established himself as a master of the technically refined genre of Bloomfield et al.
David Freeston, The Montreal Star
This guy [John García] plays guitar like a classic Porsche: beautiful and melodic one minute, then leaning into the curves at 210 miles an hour the next.
Brad Kava, San Jose Mercury News
Lead Guitarist John Garcia is a singularly superb improvisational musician.
Irving Lowens, Washington Star
The Jazz Blues Singing ‘Cold As Ice’ with amazing guitarist John Garcia, Jr. spitting out Mike Bloomfield Licks!
Alan Kurzer,

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