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, Portugal, 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 teaches at University of Illinois at Chicago. He has recorded five CDs as a leader: Standards Live at the Jazz Showcase (Groove Art Records, 2015), 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. He is an endorsing artist for Godin electric/MIDI guitars, Taylor acoustic guitars, D’Addario strings, Acoustic Image amplifiers and Raezer’s Edge speakers.