Tony Guerrero (born September 20, 1966) is a musician, songwriter, and producer. His career as a jazz trumpeter has spanned over twenty years starting with the release of his first CD, Tiara, in 1988. He has since released seven solo albums, several of which garnered critical praise, Top 20 jazz radio play, and earned him a worldwide audience. His songs have been recorded by jazz artists around the world including contemporary stars, Brian Bromberg and Greg Vail, and he has toured as a headliner and guest artist throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, South America, and the South Pacific. He has played on albums from dozens of other artists and recorded and/or performed with artists as diverse as Freddie Hubbard, Tom Scott, Brian Wilson, Billy Idol, Slash, Phil Keaggy, David Pack, and countless others. His work as a producer has placed him in a wide variety of styles from jazz, rock, country, Christian, and musical theater.
Guerrero's latest CD releases are "Blue Room"-2010 (which spent about five months on the national jazz charts) "Apasionado"-2008, a collection of original Latin/Brazilian themed music featuring Grant Geissman, Bill Cantos, Brian Bromberg, Eric Marienthal and more, and "This IS The Hi-Fi Quintet"-2008, a band project paying homage to the retro-lounge music of the 1950s–60s. Both CDs are available on iTunes and via his website, as are many of his recordings.
In 2010, Tony was asked to create big band arrangements for two John Tesh CDs (John Tesh Big Band & John Tesh Christmas Big Band). These albums were followed by numerous national tours (for which Tony held the solo trumpet chair with a 12 piece big band) and a well-received PBS special.
In 2014, Tony was brought on as music director for Emmy Award winning actress Jane Lynch's national cabaret tour, "See Jane Sing". Tony's band, The Tony Guerrero Quintet", accompanies Jane along with actress Kate Flannery (The Office) and singer Tim Davis.
From 1999 until 2010, Guerrero served as the Director of Creative Arts and/or Music Director for Saddleback Church (Rick Warren, pastor) where he oversaw hundreds of musicians, singers and artists in everything from weekly services to concerts and productions. In 2005 & 2006, Saddleback Church premiered a large scale musical theater production of The Journey, a Christmas musical co-written by Guerrero, and 2007 saw a new original production called "The Christmas Station". Guerrero recently served as music director for Rick Warren's "Saddleback Civil Forum On the Presidency" with John McCain and Barack Obama. He is frequently asked to speak on various aspects of church music in conferences and at churches around the world.
As an author, Guerrero has written monthly articles for Worship Leader Magazine and has published his own book entitled Attracting Quality Musicians. He has also had several of his cartoons published in various publications over the years. Guerrero also maintains a large collection of Louis Armstrong memorabilia at his home in Southern California which he shares with his wife Candice and their two children, Ella and Nico.
- Bonacich, Drago. "Tony Guerrero: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 24 September 2011.