" Music Should Strike Fire From the Heart of Man, and Bring Tears to the Eyes of Woman"
--Ludwig Van Beethoven
Classical/Flamenco Guitarist James Clarkston is a composer,performer and teacher. His original song "Dos Guitarras" has been played on the national radio show Coast to Coast AM. Guitarist James Clarkston is the Musical Director of the La Jolla Kids Guitar Ensemble and teaches private guitar lessons at La Jolla Music.
Based in San Diego, Guitarist James Clarkston is best known as a solo guitarist with an impeccable reputation. It's no surprise that he has performed for Ex-President George H.W. Bush and Former First Lady Barbara Bush by special invitation.
Celebrities like film and music icon Debbie Reynolds is a fan of Guitarist James Clarkston. She plays his "Portraits of a Guitarist" cd at her dance studio in Hollywood. Guitarist James Clarkston performed her song "Tammy" for her in person at a film festival in her honor. She loved his instrumental guitar adaptation of it!
Guitarist James Clarkston shares something in common with a couple of his famous fans. As it turns out..Debbie Reynolds, ABC News Anchorman Sam Donaldson and Guitarist James Clarkston are all originally from El Paso,Texas. Sam Donaldson watched Guitarist James Clarkston performing at an Italian Restaurant and bought some of his cds. After talking for a while, Sam Donaldson said, "I don't know much about the music business, but you are way too talented to be here in El Paso. You should be in Los Angeles or New York". Living in San Diego allows Guitarist James Clarkston to commute to Los Angeles for hire as a studio musician.
In 1998 Guitarist James Clarkston was considered for live music at The White House. Although the gig did not work out, President Clinton wrote to Guitarist James Clarkston and thanked him for his "La Placita" cd.
Guitarist James Clarkston performed at a VIP reception in honor of "Magic" Johnson.
NOT ONE OF THOSE GIGS CAME FROM A BOOKING AGENT...
People in San Diego can book Guitarist James Clarkston directly! Don't waste your money on a "talent agency" that won't even let you speak to the artists that they "represent". Call Guitarist James Clarkston directly at (915) 345-0769. Booking Agents often charge the client more than double what the artist fee is. Wouldn't you rather cut out the middle man? If you want more bang for your buck call Guitarist James Clarkston! Don't be fooled by self important companies like Music As You Like It, The Acoustic Spot or Sleeping Giant Music...they all just want to take your money and send third rate "talent". Go ahead and shop around, dare to compare. You will not get better, more reliable San Diego talent for your Restaurant, Club, Corporate Event, Cruise Ship or House Party!
In San Diego, Guitarist James Clarkston has performed at the Dia De Los Muertos Festival in Old Town, The Whaley House, Turquoise Cellars, The La Jolla Christmas Parade, Catamaran, Loew's Coronado Bay Resort, King's Inn, Farmers' Market On State Street, Relm Wine.Beer.Bistro in Carlsbad, The La Jolla Open Aire Market, Old Town Artisans Market, Sunset Market in Oceanside, La Valencia, La Jolla Marriott, Humphrey's Half Moon, Sheraton, Spanish Village in Balboa Park, Del Mar Hilton, Bahia Resort, Park Hyatt Aviara, Hotel Del Coronado, Hilton Bay Front, Marina Village, El Cortez, Kona Kai, Town & Country Hotel, Grand Colonial La Jolla, La Jolla Cove Suites, Country Inn & Suites, Hacienda Hotel, Omni San Diego, Holiday Inn Bayside, Hyatt Regency La Jolla, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, Westin Gaslamp.
Guitarist James Clarkston also performs at retirement centers such as Vi at La Jolla Village, Bayview Senior Assisted Living, Merrill Gardens and Casa de Manana Retirement Community.
Guitarist James Clarkston has appeared on the local San Diego News several times including NBC San Diego 7 KSND, San Diego 6 CW XETV-TDT, CBS San Diego 8 KFMB, and ABC 10 KGTV.
Guitarist James Clarkston is currently ranked as the #1 Classical/Flamenco Guitarist in San Diego by Reverbnation.
Guitarist James Clarkston performs as a one man show with a wireless guitar that allows him to stroll. The backing tracks that he uses are a recording of himself playing every note on every instrument!
Guitarist James Clarkston has recorded 12 cds which are available for purchase at all of his shows. Purchase them on this website one song at a time.
"La Placita" "Enchanted Canyon" "Christmas Guitar Classics" "Infinite Possibilities" "Christmas Guitar Classics II" "Portraits of a Guitarist" "To El Paso, with Love" "Fiesta Mexicana" "James Clarkston Rocks On!" "Saloon" "Let It Be..James Clarkston" "Pop Goes..James Clarkston"