Juan Carlos Arenas was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He studied Music at the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Universidad de Los Andes and at the Conservatorio Nacional de Colombia. He has lived in the UK since 1996. He has been visiting artist at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and the Royal Northern College of Music.

JC is now based in the village of Highbridge in Somerset in the South West of England and with easy access to Wales, the Midlands, Bristol and London. In 2023 JC has started offering solo performances in Hospital wards in the South West.

He has played for many years with the sucessful Latin Band Los Musicos and with the Bristol based Big Band Baila La Cumbia.

To learn more about JC's activities as a music composer check this interview in the Blog The Jazz Breakfast (below).

Apart from Latin style guitar and Jazz guitar, Juan Carlos plays: Colombian Tiple, Cuatro de Puerto Rico, Colombian/Venezuelan Cuatro. Find some recent compositions for the band Los Musicos below:

Juan Carlos holds a Public Liability Insurance Certificate issued by The Musicians' Union for his client's peace of mind. A copy of the Certificate can be provided on request. Extensive information about Latin Jazz Guitarists here.