3. Devoted to jive. "When I opened, I used to do jazz six nights a week, three sets," Gillotti said in 2010. His passion for the musical genre began during a stint in the Army while stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. He frequented jazz clubs and heard iconic acts such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and the Modern Jazz Quartet.
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4. Greats in the Gem City. Gillotti has brought some of the biggest names in music to the area, including Tony Bennett, BB King, Wynton Marsalis, Pieces of a Dream, Kim Walters, Allan Holdsworth, Marion Meadows, Walter Beasley, Stan Getz, Maynard Ferguson, Stan Kenton and Alex Bugnon.
5. Musical styles. Through the years, Gilly's was also home to a wider variety of musical styles. R&B dance parties, blues and rock acts and a David Bowie tribute band are among the acts that have packed the club.