JAZZ : Party Weapon: Guerrero Warfare

Bill Kohlhaase is a free-lance writer who regularly covers jazz for the The Times Orange County Edition

Tony Guerrero loves to throw a party. When his recent album, “Another Day, Another Dream” was released last April, the fluegelhornist gathered a host of his friends to jam and play selections from the recording. On Wednesday at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, Guerrero will be at it again.

“After being out on the road and playing concerts in clubs the size of the Coach House, it’s great to be home and throw these big jam-session parties with lots of people I know,” says the 25-year-old musician, whose album spent a good part of the summer and fall on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart.

For the record:

12:00 AM, Dec. 18, 1991 For the Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday December 18, 1991 Orange County Edition Calendar Part F Page 2 Column 1 Entertainment Desk 1 inches; 23 words Type of Material: Correction
Chick Corea will not be among the musicians at Tony Guerrero’s All-Star Christmas Show tonight at the Coach House, as incorrectly indicated in last week’s O.C. Live!

“Big” is the operative word. Guerrero will have more than 20 musicians joining him in various contexts during the party, including Chick Corea, saxophonist Eric Marienthal, singer Kevyn Lettau, keyboardist Rob Mullins, valve trombonist Mike Fahn, guitarist Grant Geissmann and bassist Charles Meek.

“Playing with Grant (Geissmann) and Charles (Meek) is always a special thrill for me,” Guerrero says. “They both played major roles on (fluegelhornist) Chuck Mangione’s ‘Feel So Good’ and ‘Children of Sanchez’ recordings. Those are the two albums that got me interested in playing jazz.”


Though most of the program will be dedicated to Guerrero’s own material, in keeping with the season a handful of holiday tunes will also be played. Keyboardist, singer and longtime Guerrero associate Bill Cantos is arranging a medley of Christmas music for Lettau. Though she’s best known as a Brazilian-influenced singer, Lettau, who was raised in Berlin, will sing “Silent Night” in German.

Guerrero also promises straight-ahead numbers with bassist Brian Bromberg and keyboardist Mullins (the three have recently teamed for acoustic outings at the Cafe Lido and other venues), contemporary excursions with Marienthal and Geissman and, in the big finale, his rousing, out-of-the-tradition number “Bucket-Head Shuffle,” with as many of the participating musicians as will fit on stage. Also on tap is contemporary Christian vocalist John Gibson and the usually country-minded vocalist Kelly Rae Alcott.

“I like bringing in all kinds of different elements when doing these shows,” Guerrero says. “I enjoy so many different types of music that if I had to stick to the same format all the time, I’d get bored.”

What: The Tony Guerrero All-Star Christmas Party.


When: Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 8 p.m.

Where: The Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano.

Whereabouts: San Diego Freeway to the San Juan Creek Road exit. Left onto Camino Capistrano. The Coach House is in the Esplanade Plaza.

Wherewithal: $15.


Where to Call: (714) 496-8930.