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Zvonimir Tot

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, Germany, Belgium, 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, Jamey Aebersold and Peter King
  • Violinists Johnny Frigo and Stefan Milenkovich
  • Drummers Ernie Adams, Paul Wertico and Byron Landham
  • Bassists Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, John Clayton and Hein Van de Geyn
  • Pianists Larry Novak and Larry Vuckovich
  • Harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy
  • Guitarists Philip Catherine, Henry Johnson and Paulinho Garcia Organist Joey DeFrancesco
  • Vocalists Patricia Barber,Jackie Allen and Carmen Lundy

Zvonimir Tot is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at University of Illinois at Chicago and currently teaches jazz guitar, harmony, ear training, counterpoint and ensembles. He is the founder and owner of Groove Art Records, as well as full member of ASCAP, GRAMMY, Jazz Education Network (JEN), and American Composers Forum. Tot has recorded four CDs as a leader: Eloquent Silence (Chicago Sessions, 2009), Unspoken Desire (Groove Art Records, 2007), Blue Quest (Groove Art Records, 2007), and Travels and Dreams (Groove Art Records, 2004), as well as numerous CDs as a sideman for various labels. Tot has composed over fifty jazz compositions for ensembles ranging from duo to sextet. Since 2005, Zvonimir Tot’s biography has been included in Who's Who In America, published by Marquis Publishing. He is an endorsing artist for Godin electric/MIDI guitars, Taylor acoustic guitars, D'Addario strings, Acoustic Image amplifiers and Raezer's Edge speakers.

Website: www.zt-music.com