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Zvonimir Tot

Zvonimir Tot (z-VON-e-mere TOTE) is a Chicago-based jazz guitarist, composer, and arranger with a style deeply rooted in the jazz tradition but flavored by his European origin. He holds too many university degrees. Tot has performed in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Croatia. He has performed and/or recorded with many world-renowned musicians, including:

-Saxophonists Scott Hamilton, Billy Harper and Peter King
-Violinist Johnny Frigo
-Drummers Ernie Adams and Paul Wertico
-Bassists Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, John Clayton and Hein Van de Geyn
-Trumpeter Orbert Davis
-Pianist Larry Novak and Larry Vuckovich
-Guitarists Philip Catherine, Henry Johnson and Paulinho Garcia
-Organist Joey DeFrancesco
-Vocalists Jackie Allen, Carmen Lundy and Deborah Carter
-Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

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(...) Zvonimir Tot (is) an exceptional jazz guitarist. The fluidity of his technique, the bent-note expressiveness of his pitch and the sleekly melodic quality of his improvisations have earned him wide admiration. Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

When he improvises, Zvonimir evidences many things, from the intensity of a conservatory virtuoso to the serene patience of a Zen guru, and always, the love of lore that characterizes griots and troubadours the world over. Neil Tesser, Jazz critic; author, Playboy Guide to Jazz

Zvonimir Tot is the hot new voice in the world of jazz guitar virtuosos. Judy Roberts, Chicago Jazz Magazine

Tot keeps one-upping himself with every disc he puts out, and Eloquent Silence is a fantastic example of just how brilliant a guitarist, writer and arranger he is

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Chicago, IL

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced students


I teach a limited number of private students at locations in Chicago, western suburbs and via Skype. I have over 20 years of teaching experience at all levels. If you want to major in jazz guitar, you may be able to study with me at University of Illinois-Chicago Please contact me for details. Current position: Assistant Director of Jazz Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago Education: Doctor of Musical Arts (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) Master of Music (Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois) Bachelor of Arts (Amsterdam Conservatory, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Bachelor of Arts (Franz Liszt Academy of Musical Arts, Budapest, Hungary)

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Eloquent Silence
Eloquent Silence
Chicago Sessions
Blue Quest
Blue Quest

Travels and Dreams
Travels and Dreams
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