As a soloist, John Toula’s virtuoso guitar explores the charm and beauty of the musical adventure called jazz. His trio, JT3, and quartet, JT4, both honor the traditions of this wonderful art form.
While acquiring his bachelors degree at Cleveland State University, John performed several quarters with the university’s Jazz Orchestra, as well as becoming quite accomplished as a classical guitarist at that time. Well-schooled as a musician, he continued his quest for the jazz vocation studying with some of the areas finest teachers. “JT” is a 20-year-veteran full-time performer in Northeastern Ohio’s most well-known high energy dance clubs and corporate hotels. He has appeared in venues that ranged from Top 40, Rock, R&B, as well as Jazz.
However, over the last decade, he has dedicated his artistic journey to his first musical love: Jazz. His successful experiences have found him entertaining at Cleveland’s finest museums, galleries, restaurants, bookstores, and many other private and corporate venues. John tries to honor and respect the traditions of his jazz guitar heros: Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, and Pat Metheny.
Whether you experience him as a soloist, a duo, with the JT3 trio (with bass & drums), or the JT4 quartet (adding a sax or flute to the trio), you will agree his unique renditions of chordal phrasings and tasteful playing is a tremendously pleasant and joyous experience.
- JT Songlist
A great combo for a fabulous evening
We used John Toula for our ceremony and cocktail hour — he was so lovely to work with, nice, respectful and followed exactly what we asked for song-wise!
For our reception The Sunrise Jones was awesome — we got people up on the dance floor immediately after dinner and it was packed for 3+ hours. Everyone loved them!Lindsay Rowan and Adam HerrOct 1, 2016Aloft Cleveland Downtown
Two Grand Slams!
The guitar music by John Toula for the small outdoor wedding was beautiful and lent a nice quaint mood instead of recorded music. And then the Matt Horwich jazz trio under the reception tent was like we were treating our guests to a private concert!!Sara WhiteSept. 25 & 26, 2015Bay Arts & private residence
Rain Didn’t Stop Our Party at Pine Lake Trout Club
Erin Rossi was so helpful in the planning process and helped us find the perfect musicians for our event, John Toula (guitar) for the ceremony and DJ Jeff Kavali for the reception. Both were amazing to work with! John and Jeff were both so flexible and helped keep our guests entertained, despite the rain and impeding flood waters’ best efforts to stop our party. We could not have been more pleased with the music at our event! Thank you all so much for making this the best day of our lives!Kristen PekarekMay 30, 2015Pine Lake Trout Club
JT3 was great. The trio is exactly what we wanted as background music for our corporate reception.Vickie JohnsNov. 13, 2007Windows on the River
Please convey my thanks to John Toula for a great evening of guitar music for my Son’s Rehearsal Dinner… Not only was his music super, but he was quite personable. I will keep him in mind for any other affairs for which we need music. He sure is the guy!!Sally GreulichSept. 13, 2007Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls
The John Toula Trio served as a soft background that was essential for our customer function. They were courteous, professional, exactly what we were looking for, and the music was excellent.Jeanne Moore, Lanxess Corp. Appreciation DinnerAug. 22, 2007Quail Hollow Resort
John was fabulous!Laura Burns, Legend Financial Group, Open HouseJuly 2, 2007Legend Financial HQ
I was exceptionally pleased with Johns JT3.Ellen & John GradyJuly 1, 2007
We loved the entertainment from Jerry Bruno Productions – it was prefectly suited to our event and made our special day even more special!Lisa BizjackJuly 1, 2007