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Mike Clinco

I began my music journey by studying piano at the age of eight. It gave me a foundation that spawned a lifetime of musical interest. My next door neighbor loaned me an acoustic guitar and I was hooked.

Age 11 , my parents bought me my first electric guitar, a Vox Lynx. I thought it looked cool but it sounded awful. My first real audition (age 15) was for Lowell Fulsom's band at a bar in Venice California. (The Roma) I was so scared because I wasn't ready for a professional gig but the process was beneficial and it really motivated me to study and practice.

I used to frequent this blues/jazz club on Melrose called the Ash Grove. It hosted some of the most soulful and progressive artists of the time(1969-1972). I had a chance to experience the likes of Freddie King, Albert King, Johnny Guitar Watson, Charlie Musselwhite (w/ a young guitarist named Robben Ford), Larry Coryell and the 11th House and many others.

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CD/LP/Track Review
  • Neon by Glenn Astarita
  • Neon by Matthew Warnock
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Mike Clinco: PressThe dogmatists, ideologues,and rigid purists of the jazz world have a lot of silly ideas, and one of them is the notion that jazz musicians aren't legitimate unless they are recording a bunch of warhorses that have already been recorded literally hundreds of times over the years. But truth be told, there is absolutely nothing wrong with jazzmen emphasizing their own material as long as they are talented composers -- and Mike Clinco's compositions serve him well on the self-produced Neon. The only song on this 2009 release that the lyrical guitarist didn't write himself is Henry Mancini's “Charade,” which Clinco performs in a highly introspective fashion

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Sherman Oaks, CA

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced students


Whaling City Sound


Joe Zawinul Joe Zawinul
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Fitzgerald
Weather Report Weather Report
John Scofield John Scofield
Eric Gale Eric Gale
guitar, electric
Henry Mancini Henry Mancini
Astor Piazzolla Astor Piazzolla
Marc Copland Marc Copland
Jan Hammer Jan Hammer
George Garzone George Garzone
sax, tenor

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