Zvonimir Tot is a jazz guitarist, composer, and arranger. His
style is deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, but flavored by his European origin.
Zvonimir holds degrees from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois),
Amsterdam Conservatory (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), and Franz Liszt Academy
of Musical Arts (Budapest, Hungary). He has performed in The United States,
The Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Romania, Croatia, and Yugoslavia.
As a jazz musician, Zvonimir Tot has performed and / or recorded with Johnny
Frigo (violin), Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen (double bass, Denmark), Paul Wertico
(drums), Scott Hamilton (tenor sax), Billy Harper (tenor sax, New York), Larry
Gray (bass), Peter King (alto & soprano sax, Great Britain), Larry Novak
(piano), Mark Colby (tenor sax), Marshall Vente (piano), Deborah Carter (vocal,
USA-Holland), John Engels (drums, Holland), and many others. Zvonimir Tot teaches
at University of Illinois-Chicago, College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, Illinois),
and McHenry County College (Crystal Lake, Illinois). His biography has been
included in the 2005 and 2006 Who’s Who in America, published by Marquis Publishing.
Zvonimir Tot is the hot new voice in the world of jazz guitar
virtuosos. Judy Roberts, Chicago Jazz Magazine.
(Z.T.) ...is an extrovert soloist who plays from the heart.
He improvises with a typical Balkan singing quality, an intense feeling for
the blues, rich imagination, and unbelievably fast fingers. Jeroen de Valk,
Dutch jazz critic, Het Parool, Amsterdam.
... Travels and Dreams is a remarkable disc and Zvonimir Tot
is someone deserving far greater recognition. Rich Friedman, All About Jazz.
Zvonimir Tot's rapid fire guitar sets the pace in this fine
ensemble. His ballad style also highlights this recording with soulful elegance.
(...) 4 stars. John Gilbert, ejazznews.com
His virtuoso guitar technique (...) has much to offer to the
adventurous and serious jazz lover. Prof. Richard Wang, Jazz educator and publicist,
Former President, Jazz Institute of Chicago.
His sound is inspired by all, from Kenny Burrell to Pat Metheny
but yet distinctly his own. Marshall Vente, Jazz Institute of Chicago.
Tot is an inspirational player of the guitar; (...) his largamente
style feels like one big stretch. Ferdinand Maylin, JazzNow.