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Ohio Club Gilly’s Celebrates 30 Years

The enduring jazz and blues nightclub Gilly’s in Dayton, Ohio celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Gilly’s owner Jerry Gillotti (pictured) gained an interest in jazz in the army from a fellow soldier who bunked next to him while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. After taking in the music of jazz clubs in Germany, Gillotti returned to the States in 1958 and started searching for local jazz, eventually deciding to open a jazz club.

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