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John P. Martinez Guitarist Extrordinaire

Classical Guitar from Albuquerque, NM - Will travel up to 220 miles
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$100 - $500 per hour
Music for me is simply a life-long love! My very first gig was when I was 10 years old playing drums in my brothers band jamming out to Ventures and basically surfer music. I started playing guitar when I was 8 years old and eventually moved on from Ventures music to The Beatles, Led Zepplin, CSN, Allman Brothers and then finally to Al Di Meola and Larry Carlton and so many others. I felt compelled to learn more about music and graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Classical Guitar Performance degree in 1986. Classical Guitar music goes back to the 15th & 16th centuries but I really needed to join the 20th century so I moved to Hollywood to attend Musician's Institute and the Guitar Institute of Technology(GIT). I Graduated in 1987. GIT is like a business vocational institute for musicians and it was fantastic. I got to meet and attend performances from many of my guitar idols and in some cases I got to play with them, too.
Over the years I have performed at the Tennessee Inaugural Ball in 1998 for Bill Clinton's second inauguation plus TV, radio, studio, night clubs, hotel gigs, private parties, weddings & receptions, arts & crafts fairs, art gallery openings, business functions, etc, etc.
My solo guitar and vocal performance includes Contemporary Acoustic Guitar, Core Classical Guitar from Renaissance & Baroque to Spanish Romantic to Contemporary arrangements of Classic Rock tunes( Beatles, Classical Gas, etc.), Jazz & Jazz Fusion plus excellent vocal music including Beatles, Crosby,Stills & Nash, James Taylor to Garth Brookes & Keith Urban plus numerous light romantic tunes, some spanish ballads, some Flamenco Style pieces and some original music. I try very hard to provide a versatile music performance that can be appreciated by most age ranges and musical tastes. From "Bach to Rock" John P Martinez will provide music for all Occasions! GUITAR LESSONS,TOO!
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Hi John,
Lorna R. just left you a review:
John is just absolutely stellar. I can't think of enough nice things to say about him. He played recently in my home for a 60th birthday we threw for a friend. Everyone (and there were a number of finicky musicians present as guests) was just blown away by how talented he was, and I felt extremely lucky to have found him. He was very professional, gave a perfect performance, playing a lovely range of pieces from classical to pop from the era our birthday boy grew up in. It was a lovely party and a good measure of its success can be attributed to John and the atmosphere his playing created. Many of my guests departed at the end of the evening with plans to host a party just so they could hire John. I very highly recommend him. You will not be disappointed!
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* Value: 5.0
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Claudia 0 Reviews
John worked with me closely to make our memorial service so perfect and I will never be able to thank him enough. He took time with me to customize things, he worked with the sound people (I was so busy I was just glad they worked it out), and most importantly, it did all work out better than I could have even hoped for. John's voice is like butter (my term), and his guitar was so beautiful I just can't really explain. He did background music and then two songs I had chosen specifically - one he added for my service and everyone just said how awesome his music and voice were. Most importantly, he was so professional. He was on time (even a little early), he knew exactly what he was doing so I could focus on the other things I was doing, and everything went better than I could have dreamed of. I told him that my husband and I are his new "groupies" and we look forward to seeing him perform around town. John was just the most gracious, warm, professional, and more importantly, the best musician I have ever seen. I can't say thank you enough. There were just NO glitches, great communication, affordability, and now we have hopefully made a new friend for life. Claudia Steinhauser/Albuquerque, NM
Event: 06/26/14 Event: Memorial Reviewed On: 07/16/2014
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Andrea 1 Reviews
John's guitar music was the highlight of the evening! We originally told him to only play classical Spanish music, but farther into the evening gave him the go ahead to expand to appropriate vocals. We were so glad we did! His voice is beautiful and his guitar playing is exquisite! And he was extremely personable as well. We will definitely seek him out at other venues just to listen to him play!
Wedding: 09/21/2013
Services Used: Ceremony Music Reviewed On: 09/30/2013


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We hope to use him again for a future event!

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Talented & professional - highly recommend!

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John did a fine job with instrumentals and songs that he sung. I requested background music and that's what I got. The guests appreciated it so they could talk during the reception. I was already familiar with John as we heard him perform elsewhere.

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