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Zvonimir Tot

Clinical Associate Professor, Jazz Guitar

Zvonimir Tot

Courses Taught

  • MUS 202: Theory of Music IV
  • MUS 204: Ear Training IV
  • MUS 180: Applied Jazz Guitar


Doctor of Musical Arts, Jazz Studies, Musicology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Music, Jazz Studies, Composition, Northern Illinois University
Bachelor of Music, Jazz studies, Composition, Amsterdam Conservatory (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
Bachelor of Music, Jazz Studies, Music Education, Franz Liszt Conservatory (Budapest, Hungary)


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 has performed in the United States, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Macedonia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, and Spain. Tot has performed and/or recorded with many world-renowned musicians, including:

– Saxophonists Chris Potter, Scott Hamilton, Billy Harper, Jamey Aebersold, Eric Alexander, and Peter King
– Violinists Johnny Frigo and Stefan Milenković
– Drummers Ernie Adams, Paul Wertico and Byron Landham
– Bassists Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and John Clayton
– Pianists Larry Novak and Larry Vuckovich
– Harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy
– Guitarists Philip Catherine, Henry Johnson, and Paulinho Garcia
– Organists Joey DeFrancesco and Bobby Floyd
– Vocalists Patricia Barber, Jackie Allen, and Carmen Lundy

Zvonimir Tot has recorded six CDs as a leader: Sarabande Blue (in production, 2019–2020), Standards Live at the Jazz Showcase (Groove Art Records, 2016), 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. Tot is also the author of the book Jazz Guitar Harmony—The Melodic Approach, published by Jamey Aebersold Jazz in 2016. Zvonimir Tot has been appointed as Fulbright Specialist in 2018. He is an endorsing artist for Godin electric/MIDI guitars, Taylor acoustic guitars, D’Addario strings, Acoustic Image amplifiers and Raezer’s Edge speakers.