>> Dayton icon Jerry Gillotti, Gilly’s nightclub owner, dies
Wednesday night, hundreds of people turned out to show their appreciation for the Kettering resident who they said brought jazz to life in Dayton.
“I'm going to miss this facility. There’s not a lot of facilities that brought the type of entertainment that he did bring in here. He used to bring in top-shelf bands,” Rodney Brown of Huber Heights said.
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On Wednesday, the entertainment was free, no performers were paid, and the staff also were not paid. The only thing that cost money were drinks at the bar, but any money was to be given to the Gillotti family, Melia said.
“There’s going to be a lot of tears tonight, and I’m kind of waffling myself right now. It’s an emotional time but it’s also a celebration of what he was able to accomplish,” Melia said. “Dayton is a place where if you want something to happen you have to make it happen yourself and Jerry did that in spades.”
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