Trumpet Player Tony Guerrero, who began playing trumpet at the age of nine, was born in Newport Beach, California and grew up in Santa Ana, California. Due to the early inspiration of his junior high music teacher, Mark Takeuchi, Tony Guerrero fell in love with music and began to pursue it as a life-long passion.
Tony Guerrero's high school and college years were full of self-study, private trumpet lessons and self-propelled band projects where he began to experiment with composition. His early love of artists such as Led Zeppellin and KISS had instilled a taste for rock'n'roll, and the music of professional smooth jazz artist and flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione introduced Tony to the idea that he could play rock-based music on the trumpet and flugelhorn.
By the time Tony began college at California State University in Fullerton, he was working six nights a week in local jazz clubs with much older and seasoned jazz musicians who took him under their wings. Eventually, it was his own band, VISION, that caught the eye of a new original music label called White Light Productions. This led to the signing of his first record deal and to a long-lasting relationship with manager Lucille Hunt.
Tony's career as a noted jazz recording artist began with the release of his first CD TIARA in 1988. This debut recording project introduced the world to his flugelhorn sound and his writing. The disc featured the talents of special guests Grant Geissman, Phil Keaggy, Max Bennett, Merry Clayton, Denny Correl and more, and gained national airplay on the strength of the hit "L.A.'d". Tony began his first forays into the touring world at this time, playing to new audiences around the country.
In 1989, Tony Guerrero released "Different Places," a popular radio favorite that featured the hit songs "Slam Shack," "Pancho," "Mangione" and more, as well as a veritable who's who of the new smooth-jazz scene, including Richard Smith, Norman Brown, Steve Reid, Brandon Fields, Brian Bromberg, Bill Cantos, Greg Vail and others. At this time, Tony was one of the only jazz flugelhorn players on the smooth jazz market.
In 1991, the release of his disc "Another Day, Another Dream" cemented his reputation as a leading and recognizable voice on the flugelhorn. This smooth jazz disc featured the talents of smooth jazz artist Gerald Albright, Rob Mullins, Brian Bromberg, Bill Cantos and many more and was hugely popular on smooth jazz radio and with fans. His version of Quincy Jones' "The Secret Garden" received not only jazz station airplay but was featured in urban market stations right along side of Janet Jackson songs! The songs "Amorado" and "Another Day, Another Dream" were also widely popular. Tony's touring schedule took him around the United States, Western & Eastern Europe, the South Pacific, Latin America & South America, culminating with a headline spot at the CanCun International Jazz Festival playing to over 25,000 people!