Tony Guppy was born in Trinidad & Tobago , which is also the birth place of the
His interest in the steelpan started through the influences of his elder brothers,
mainly Herman Guppy - ranked among the best manufacturers and Master Tuners of the
Guppy has fine tune his craft remarkably well by honing his skills with a host of prime
music entertainers in Trinidad & Tobago such as ; Calypso legend, Aldwyn Roberts A.K.A
'Lord Kitchener' the "Grand master of Calypso". Len 'Boogsie' Sharpe, Theron Shaw,
Ruiz Brothers, Sean Thomas, and jazz pianist, Ralph Davies.
* Guppy is a past winner of the the prestigious "National Steelpan Solo skill Contest" held
in Trinidad & Tobago.
He has toured north, south and central america in cities like Houston, Las Vegas,
New York, Florida, california, Columbia, Costa Rica and Mexico. including a number
of islands in the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
* In addition to his North and South American touring credentials, he has also toured Korea, Germany, Denmark and Sweden and other European Countries.
Tony Guppy curently lives in Japan and continues to tour and perform extensively as a freelance
artist with various ensembles throughout Japan.
* Guppy dedication and love for music as well as his high level of mastery on the instrument
continues to take the Steelpan instrument to higher level of recognition which leads to a better
understanding and appreciation for the steelpan as a musical instrument and not just another
His ability to embrace and perform a very broad range of musical styles has lead to collaborations
with various top musicians/artist from Africa, USA and Japan such as, Toku (jazz), Matsuoka Naoya,
Carlos Kanoh (Latin), Mamadou Doumbia (African), American bassist, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions,
Paul Jackson from 'The Headhunters'(Funk)", Def Tech (J Pop), Yoshi Shimada as well as
"Japan's Superstar Guitarist" Char....
... Bassist, Takahashi Getao (Crystal Jazz Latino), Kenji 'JINO' "Hino", Sakamoto Ryuta,
Wada Akira, Murakami "Ponta "Shuichi, Hideaki Kanazawa, Shiho (Fried Pride), Gen Ogimi,
Hiroyuki Noritake, Dairo Miyamoto (Pink Bongo Band), vocalist, Charito, just to name a few.
Music Festival Appearances -
*2008 Guro Arts Valley Festival (Seoul,Korea)
2009 Ueno Jazz Inn (Tokyo)
2009 Yokohama Jazz Promenade
2009 Mori Fes 10th Anniversary (Hiroshima)
2010 Sunset Jazz Festival (Nagasaki)
2011 6th Jazz Nanjo Festival (Okinawa)
Guppy has appeared on Radio and TV stations, Nihon TV, NHK, Cable TV
(CS TV). In 2006 he was featured in a Special Documentary on the
music and culture of Trinidad & Tobago for Japan's Sky Perfect tv.,,
and has also played on a Radio Commercial for Kirin beer.
* Guppy is also an Instructor and owner of the " Guppy Steelpan School" in Yokohama, Japan.