Since his first solo release in 1988, Tony Guerrero has established himself in a variety of areas. His work as a contemporary jazz flugelhornist, trumpeter, composer, and producer has garnered him both critical success and a worldwide audience. He has toured the United States and much of the world as a headliner in major jazz festivals, concert halls, and clubs and has enjoyed commercial radio success not only with his own releases but with music he's written for other artists. To date, he has released twelve solo CDs, some of which have charted on the Billboard Top 20, as well as a variety of special releases. He has appeared on around 200 albums as either producer, composer, arranger or as a musician performing on either trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, guitar and more. Guerrero’s work as a musician and composer can also be heard in movies and on television.
Guerrero’s resume reads like a who’s who of contemporary music. He’s worked with a diverse roster of artists, including jazz legends Freddie Hubbard, Tom Scott and Joe Sample, rock icons Brian Wilson, Paul McCartney, Slash and Billy Idol, pop sensations Chance the Rapper, The Jonas Bros and the quadruple-platinum soundtrack to Disney's High School Musical, as well as Hollywood icons Dick Van Dyke, Jane Lynch, Merv Griffin and more. (See below for details or visit his Resume for a complete list.)
Guerrero began playing trumpet at Jefferson Elementary (Santa Ana, CA) at the age of nine. It was the inspiration of his McFadden Junior High (Santa Ana, CA) music teacher, Mark Takeuchi, that led him to fall in love with music and pursue it as a life-long passion. Guerrero began experimenting with learning other instruments with the encouragement of Takeuchi. In his eighth-grade year, Guerrero joined fellow students to form a rock trio called “Rad”. Guerrero played drums and the group performed at school dances performing rock classics by Led Zeppelin, KISS, Eric Clapton and more.
While attending Saddleback High School (Santa Ana, CA), Guerrero was encouraged by band director, Walter Houston, to compose and arrange music for the school band and orchestra. While still in high school, Guerrero had the opportunity to take over the school’s fledgling jazz band when its volunteer conductor moved away. His tenure was short-lived, but it gave him valuable experience in band leading. It was in this band, shortly before he took it over, that Guerrero was introduced to the music of Chuck Mangione, an artist that would eventually help define his own writing and playing style and to whom Guerrero would often be compared.