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John P. Martinez Guitarist Extrordinaire Guitarist from Albuquerque, NM

Will travel up to 220 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 21 Reviews
  • 28 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2008
  • 4 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $200 per hour

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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! Additional Great Reviews, too: Jen Mines's Review Jen Jen Mines , married on 09/22/2018 5.0 View more John was fantastic! John Martinez was the star of our wedding. As recent arrivals to Santa Fe, we decided to opt for a guitarist rather than a dj and it was one of the best decisions we could have made. John played for several hours and a variety of music selections. He also worked closely with us in picking our first dance song. John's experience with playing weddings was obvious after our first meeting and was extremely helpful in helping us in organizing our music selection (a big plus since my wife and I were really unfamiliar with the process). John played at our wedding for several hours and my family/friends were constantly asking how we were able to find such a great guitarist. Hands down, he was a great wedding addition and we were really happy with his performance.


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Review by Angela H.

Wedding CeremonyReviewed on January 2, 2024From Santa Fe, NM

John is amazing! He is a very talented vocalist and exceptional guitar player. He is professional, experienced and punctual. He was wonderful to work with and we highly recommend him!

John P. Martinez Guitarist Extrordinaire:

Hey there newlyweds how are you guys? Well I couldn't have asked for a better review that was pretty incredible and I have to thank you so much. Great reviews was a very important in my field of work. It was really a pleasure to meet you and your family. I had a lot of fun & it was a beautiful event. You couldn't have chosen a more beautiful venue. Don't forget to call me if you're going to come back to Albuquerque I'll give you some day trip pointers okay? Happy New Year and thanks again!!!!

Review by Eva J.

Christmas PartyReviewed on December 3, 2023From Albuquerque, NM

A definite five stars for John! He played a nice variety of music which was appropriate for our holiday event. He is an amazing guitarist! I'll be using him again for future events. Eva Jaramillo, Executive Director, Rodey Law Firm

John P. Martinez Guitarist Extrordinaire:

Hey Eva I really appreciate the great review it was a lot of fun playing for you guys last night. I hope to see you guys again soon. I was hoping for a five star but if there was something that I did not live up to your expectation maybe you could email me and enlighten me. I will make sure the next gig is of five star for sure okay? Have an incredible holiday and thanks again for having me. John Martinez

Review by Mercy P.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on May 23, 2023From Albuquerque, NM

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Song List 

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  • Fields of Gold | Sting
  • Neon Moon | Brookes & Dunn
  • Sweet Home Alabama | Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Shady Grove | Traditional Bluegrass
  • Star of the County Down | Traditional Irish
  • Carolina On My Mind | James Taylor
  • If You Could Read My Mind | Gordon Lightfoot
  • La Bamba | Richie Valens
  • Get Together | The Youngbloods
  • Sailing | Christopher Cross
  • The Dance | Garth Brookes
  • I Choose You | Sara Barielles
  • It Doesn't Matter | Firefall
  • Smooth Operator | Sade
  • Ida Y Vuelta | Strunz & Farah
  • 500 Miles High | Chick Corea
  • Anochecer- Flamenco Style | Strunz & Farah
  • Arlington | Wailin Jennys
  • Besa Me Mucho | Spanish Ballad
  • Black Orpheus | Latin Jazz
  • Blackbird | Beatles
  • Blue Bossa | Latin Jazz Standard
  • Bouree | JS Bach
  • Bubble Shuffle | Larry Carlton
  • Can't Find My Way Home | Blind Faith
  • Candle in the Wind | Elton John
  • Capricio Arabe | Spanish Classical
  • Carnival | Natalie Merchant
  • Chesnuts Roasting on Open Fire | Jazz Version Christmas
  • Cinderella | Firefall
  • Classical Gas | Mason Williams
  • Danny's Song | Kenny Loggins
  • Desperado | Eagles
  • Down By The Water | Decembrists
  • Central Park | John P. Martinez
  • Dust in the Wind | Kansas
  • Eight Days A Week | Beatles
  • Eleanor Rigby | Beatles
  • Eres Tu | Spanish Ballad
  • Estudio 1 | Fernando Sor
  • Estudio 5 | Fernando Sor
  • Estudio 13 | Fernanado Sor
  • You May be Right | Billy Joel
  • Everly Brothers Medley | Everly Brothers
  • Everything I Do I Do For You | Bryan Adams
  • Fire & Rain | James Taylor
  • Fly Me To The Moon | Frank Sinatra
  • Follow Me | John Denver
  • From the Beginning | Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • Girl | Beatles
  • Girl From Ipanema | Sergio Mendez
  • God Bless the Broken Road | Rascall Flatts
  • Greensleeves 16th Century Version | Renaissance Classical
  • Helplessly Hoping | Crosby,Stills & Nash
  • Here Comes the Sun | Beatles
  • Here, There & Everywhere- Classical Arrangement | Beatles Classical Guitar
  • Honey Suckle Rose | John Martinez- Funk Blues
  • Hotel California | Eagles
  • I Love You Just the Way You Are | Billy Joel
  • I Want a Love That Will Last | Renee Olsted- Jazz Blues
  • I Won't Give Up | Jason Mraz
  • If Today Was Your Last Day | Nickleback
  • In My Life | Beatles
  • Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring | JS Bach
  • Guantanamera | Spanish Traditional
  • Lady | Kenny Rogers
  • Lady Hammonds Alman | Rennaisance
  • Lady Hunsdon's Alman-Renaissance | John Dowland
  • Making Memories of Us | Kieth Urban
  • Malaguena | Spanish Classical
  • Mary Did You Know | Christmas Ballad
  • Mexico | James Taylor
  • Mi Amor Flamenco Style | Armik
  • Michelle -classical arrangement | Beatles
  • Moliendo Cafe | Traditional Spanish Reggae
  • Mood for a Day | Steve Howe-YES
  • Morning at Molas-acoustic | John P. Martinez
  • Mrs. Robinson | Simon & Garfunkel
  • Mystic Mile- Blues | Robin Ford
  • Norwegian Wood | Beatles
  • Nowhere Man - Acoustic Arrangement | Beatles
  • Ohio | Neil Young
  • On an Island With You | Dan Gilbert-Jazz Fusion
  • Oye Como Va | Santana
  • Pachebel's Canon | Johann Pachebel
  • Paraguean Waltz #3 | Augustin Barrios
  • Perhaps Love | John Denver
  • Preludio in Emi | JS Bach
  • Renee My Love- acoustic finger style | John P. Martinez
  • Requerdos de la Alhambra | Spanish Classical
  • Rocky Racoon | Beatles
  • Romanza | Tradional Classical
  • Sabor a Mi | Spanish Ballad
  • Santa Fe Sun - original flamenco | John P. Martinez
  • Scarborough Fair | Simon & Garfunkel
  • Six Pieces of the Rennaisance | Classical Suite Good Wedding Music
  • Somebody That I Used to Know | Gotye
  • Something | Beatles
  • Something in the Way She Moves | James Taylor
  • Southern Cross | CSN
  • Stairway To Heaven | Led Zepplin
  • Stormy Monday- Blues | Allman Brothers
  • Story in Your Eyes | Moody Blues
  • Suite: Judy Blue Eyes | Crosby,Stills & Nash
  • Night in White Satin | Moody Blues
  • Sweet Baby James | James Taylor
  • Tears in Heaven | Eric Clapton
  • Tequila Sunrise | Eagles
  • The Bonnie Swans | Celtic
  • The Look of Love | Sergio Mendez- Latin Jazz
  • The Way You Look Tonight | Frank Sinatra
  • Thick As A Brick | Jethro Tull
  • This Masquerade | George Benson- Jazz Ballad
  • Thunder Rolls | Garth Brookes
  • Time in a Bottle | Jim Croce
  • Tribute to Mahavishnu | john Martinez - Open Acoustic
  • Tuesday Afternoon | Moody Blues
  • Venuzuelan Waltz #1 | Antonio Lauros
  • Venzuelan Waltz#4 | Antonio Lauros
  • We Can Work it Out | Beatles
  • You and Me | Dave Matthews
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps | Beatles
  • White Christmas | Jazz Chord Melody
  • Wind of Change | Acoustic Alchemy
  • Wish You Were Here | Pink Floyd
  • Wooden Ships | Crosby,Stills & Nash
  • Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald | Gordon Lightfoot
  • Yesterday-classical jazz style | Beatles
  • You Say It Best | Allison Krause Country Ballad

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Upcoming Events

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Past Events

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