Tod Vullo was a gifted and versatile jazz guitarist and composer. His ability to adapt to a wide range of styles made him a most sought-after performer. He received significant critical acclaim for his extraordinary musicianship.
Tod was born and raised in Rochester, NY, a breeding ground for jazz talent. He developed his talent substantially in this rich environment before moving to Boston to continue his studies at the Berklee College of Music.
Upon returning to Rochester, Tod organized and led Cabo Frio, a group that later achieved major success touring for MCA Records. While recording their first album, Larry Coryell heard Tod and asked him to join his internationally acclaimed guitar trio.
After his successful New York appearances with Coryell, Tod moved to Houston, Texas and worked extensively with pianist Nat Adderly, Jr. In Houston, Kirk Whalum had the opportunity to hear Tod perform and was so impressed with Tod's playing that he asked for his help in building his new band.
This association with Kirk lasted almost ten years, during which time Tod found himself on the bandstand with such jazz greats as Joe Sample, Wynton Marsalis, Arnette Cobb, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson and Kenny G., among others. But it was Bob James who heard the band and asked them to perform on his album “Bob James 12.”
After leaving Kirk's band, Tod pursued his first love - straight-ahead jazz. While managing and playing at Houston's Blue Moon Jazz Club, Tod played alongside jazz legends like Ray Brown, Gene Harris, Monty Alexander, Emily Remler, Charlie Byrd and Hank Crawford.
Upon his untimely death in 1999,Tod’s only solo body of work was the CD Uh-Huh.