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Smooth Jazz Trumpet Player Tony Guerrero of Orange County, California


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.

Orange County Trumpet Player Tony Guerrero Trumpet Player 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.

Trumpet Player Tony Guerrero

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!

From 1999 until 2010, Tony served as the Director of Creative Arts (Music Director) for Saddleback Church (Rick Warren, pastor) where he oversaw hundreds of musicians, singers and artists in everything from weekly worship services to concerts and various church productions. In 2005 & 2006, Saddleback Church premiered a large scale musical theater production of The Journey, a Christmas musical co-written by Tony, and 2007 saw a new original production called "The Christmas Station." He is frequently asked to speak on various aspects of church music in conferences and at churches around the world. As an author, Tony has written monthly articles for Worship Leader Magazine and has published his own book entitled Attracting Quality Musicians.

Over the years, Tony has kept active in the studio as a guest on countless other artist's CDs and in concerts and club dates all over the world. He has continued to release solo CDs, including "Now & Then" (1995), "Mysterie" (1996), "Ballads" (2001), "Smooth Jazz At Midnight" (2002), "Christmas Songs w/ Bill Cantos" (2003), and has become established as a producer and composer in a variety of markets.

He is currently enjoying the success of his new band "The Hi-Fi Quintet" which pays homage to America's classic music from Louis Armstrong to The Rat Pack and just released sophomore CD, "This IS The Hi-Fi Quintet" in 2008.

His latest CD, "Blue Room," has received numerous rave reviews and substantial radio airplay around the country, spending nearly six solid months on the National Jazz Charts.



As a jazz trumpet player, Tony is particularly drawn to play along books. Tony uses a lacquer finished Yamaha Professional Model Xeno Trumpet and a Yamaha16C4 trumpet mouthpiece. Tony's flugelhorn is a Professional Model 8315G Yamaha Flugelhorn and he prefers a Getzen 3C flugelhorn mouthpiece to complete this set-up. Regarding the Yamaha brand, Tony states, "While I've had a relationship with them for years and have tried other horns I like, I've never found any I like better and have turned down offers to endorse other brands." You can read Tony's recent article Doubling on Flugelhorn in the educational articles section of The Woodwind & Brasswind Store online!


Tony Guerrero Discography At CD Universe




To contact Tony Guerrero ... you can visit Tony's website at TonyGuerrero.com and email him off his website.








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