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.