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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.

High school music consisted of playing tenor saxophone in the marching band and playing with various rock groups at high school dances.

By the time my senior year came, I was ready to leave Los Angeles and go study music further out of state. At that time (1972), the University of Utah had attracted an impressive number of great students all with a common interest of creativity. The next six years I managed to form my own trio, teach at both the U of U and Westminster College and stay busy doing top 40 gigs in clubs.

I began listening to jazz and modern orchestral music. Various visiting faculty (Sam Rivers, Dave Liebman, Dave Holland) invigorated the scene.

I was fascinated by artists on the ECM label.

My record collection was filed with albums by John Abercrombie, Ralph Towner, Keith Jarrett and Jan Garbarek.

In 1977, my musical world changed forever. I met Nelson Riddle who offered me a chance to work with Ella Fitzgerald and the Tommy Flanagan trio. This was too good to be true. I spent one month in Detroit, Michigan playing concerts and feeling like a jazz musician for the first time. I knew at that point that I needed to move back to Los Angeles and kick my career in to high gear.

By 1980 I once again had an incredible opportunity presented to me. Henry Mancini was looking for a guitarist for his west coast touring band. Say no more, sign me up! For the next fourteen years, I came to know and work with one of the most gracious and talented men whose impact on my musicianship is immeasurable.

1981 was an amazing flurry of activity with my association with Lionel Newman of 20th Century Fox. He hired me as a session guitarist for a multitude of films and television shows. The experience was remarkable.

These events and situations provided a solid foundation for my professional career to blossom. Below is a partial list of the people that I have had the pleasure of touring/and or recording with (as a guitarist) over the years (1977-present):

Bobby McFerrin

Bo Diddley

Ella Fitzgerald

Nelson Riddle

Henry Mancini

Connie Stevens

Burt Bacharach and Carl Bayer Sager

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis

Natalie Cole

Carl Anderson

Luciano Pavarotti

Neil Sedaka

Suzanne Somers


Billy Vera and the Beaters

Joely Fisher

and many others.



• A talented musician with over 25 years of diverse professional experience

• Well organized and thorough; able to take project from inception through completion

• Experienced in directing others in score composition and orchestration, music arrangement and copying

• Proficient with Cubase, Gigastudio and REASON. Vienna, Garritan, East West Symphonic, Miroslav Philharmonik libraries utilized

• Excellent mediation skills in a creative environment

• Ability to instill confidence and generate creative input from others; trusted for opinions

• Writer/Publisher member of ASCAP/American Federation of Musicians, Local 47


• Big Shots(ABC)

• Christmas is Here Again (2008)

• Outer Limits

• Poltergeist: The Legacy

• The Magnificent Seven

• Lost Battalion

• Sex and the City

• Witchblade

• Bar Hopping

• Punk’d

• Huff


• Founder of “Picture this Music” sound design library

• Orchestrator and arranger with symphonic performances

• Valued clinician and instructor with university experience

• Skilled studio and touring guitarist with various name acts

• Contributor to other major music libraries with worldwide distribution

• Owner of The Stem Cell- A state of the art writing, recording and mixing facility