Primary Instrument: Flugelhorn
TONY GUERRERO has established himself in a variety of areas over the last fifteen years. His work as a contemporary jazz flugelhornist, trumpeter, composer and producer has garnered him both critical success and a world-wide audience. He has toured the United States and much of the world as a headliner in major jazz festivals, concert venues 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 6 solo CDs as well as a variety of special releases and has appeared on countless other artist's recordings (trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, guitar, producer, composer, arranger and more).
Tony is very active as a fundraiser for several charitable and non-profit organizations. Each year he helps organize and hosts the KSBR Birthday Bash, a live concert event featuring approximately 30 headlining jazz artists on stage together to raise money for a local jazz station. He has organized benefits for The SMART Foundation, whose purpose is to fill the void left by disappearing music programs. Tony and his band have also appeared at events supporting Children's Hospital, The OC & LA Philharmonics, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Cancer Society, and many more.
Aside from his work in the contemporary and classic jazz fields he has produced albums in a variety of arenas, from jazz to rock to country. Most recently he has been establishing himself as a producer in the Christian Pop & Worship fields. His own worship songs, most notably (I Will Not Be) Shaken have been recorded and used in churches around the world. He has spoken and hosted at worship conferences in the U.S, South America and Eastern Europe. His monthly Musician's Corner articles for Worship Leader Magazine have also been well received and has recently published a book entitled “Attracting Quality Musicians”, aimed at attracting quality musicians into the ministry. Tony is also Director of Creative Arts at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California (Rick Warren, Senior Pastor) where he works with literally hundreds of musicians and singers on everything from weekly services to recordings to concerts. During Christmas of 2005, Saddleback succesfully presented an original musical by Tony & Shawn King entitled “The Journey”.
Tony spends his spare time writing about and teaching apologetics (evidential studies for the Christian Faith), cooking, drawing (he's had several cartoons published, and you can see some of his artwork here) and varied other interests, including maintaining a large personal collection of Louis Armstrong memorabilia. He and his wife Candice live in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, with their daughter Ella.