Jerry Gillotti enters Walk of Fame, September 26, 2013
(Published: September 05, 2013)
Jerry Gillotti , the legendary Dayton jazz promoter and owner of Gilly's, has been selected for induction in to the Dayton Walk of Fame. He will join honorees from Dayton's history like Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Charles Kettering, the Wright Brothers and many more. From the press release:
"Jerry Gillotti (1937-) Jerry Gillotti attended Dayton's Chaminade High School before graduating in 1962 from University of Dayton as a business major. His career started out on the radio. Always a people person, Jerry decided to buy the Wedgewood Inn in 1970 where he began to book jazz performers - mostly regional acts.
In 1972, Jerry and his brother bought the Green Derby on North Main Street and Jerry moved full blown into the jazz world, becoming one of the greatest jazz and blues promoters in the United States. After a successful run on North Main Street, Jerry moved Gilly's to the Dayton Transportation Center. In addition, Jerry hosted a Sunday morning jazz show for several years on WING Radio.
There were many big names that were booked at Gilly's including; Tony Bennett, Diane Schuur; BB King; Wynton Marsalis; Art Blakey; Dexter Gordon; Bill Evans; George Benson Herbie Hancock and many, many more. Throughout the US, jazz lovers know of Gilly's in Dayton.
Jerry, not one for a lot of personal attention, was recognized by the University of Cincinnati conservatory Of Music with the prestigious William Lawless Jones Award for his contributions to the region's jazz culture.
Jerry continues to promote acts and brings in his once ‘newly discovered artists', now big headlines in the jazz and blues world of music. Gilly's is known as one of most significant jazz clubs in the country."
The Wright-Dunbar organization sponsors the Walk of Fame and the event : www.wright-dunbar.org. I am proud to say that I nominated him.
Please spread the word. I have no idea how to contact all the performers who owe so much to Jerry, but perhaps you can help. Thanks
Gary J. Leppla
2100 S. Patterson Blvd.
Dayton, Ohio 45409