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Jerry Gillotti
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Jerry Gillotti, owner of Gilly’s jazz club in downtown Dayton, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017. He was 80 years old. 

Gillotti became a jazz fan while stationed in Germany during his service in the Army from 1956 to 1958.  Upon returning to Ohio, he graduated from the University of Dayton in 1962. He began presenting live music in 1969 when he opened his first business, Jerry Gillotti’s Wedgewood Inn on Patterson Road in Dayton.  In 1972, Gilly’s opened at 801 North Main Street. The club moved to its current location at 131 S. Jefferson Street in the heart of downtown Dayton in 1976.  

Gilly’s has hosted countless notable performers during the club’s 45 year tenure including Roy Meriwether who performed the club’s opening show, George Benson, B.B. King, Bobby Blue Bland, Wynton Marsalis, Stan Getz, Stevie Ray Vaughan and many others.

Jazz Guitarist Russell Malone To Perform In Cincinnati

Sep 7, 2017

Local music journalist and singer Duante Beddingfield interviewed world-class jazz guitarist Russell Malone, ahead of his performance in Cincinnati on Thursday, September 7. They discuss Malone's new release, Time for the Dancers, his influences, and his career both past and present.

During the interview, Malone discussed saxophonist Hank Crawford, one of his influences.

courtesy of Beavercreek High School

The Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz is an annual celebration of jazz featuring performances from multiple bands as well as performances from Ellis Marsalis, Diva Jazz Orchestra and more.  The Beavercreek High School Jazz One Ensemble made a return visit to the WYSO studios to perform live on Excursions ahead of the event. 

The Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz is March 2-4, 2017 at Beavercreek High School. More information at: www.weekendofjazz.org

Many years ago I was spending a quiet Saturday afternoon inside a music listening room at my high school. There were shelves jammed with old record albums in there along with a turntable and a set of headphones. For a young music buff who was just discovering jazz that was my version of heaven.
 

La Frae Sci with members of the Student Big Band
courtesy of La Frae Sci

With 11 time zones and over 200 nationalities, Russia is the largest country in the world. Jazz drummer LaFrae Sci, who received her early musical training in her hometown of Dayton, got to know a region of Russia few tourists see when she took her band there.

Cecil Taylor
Charles Rotmil / via wikimedia commons

The American jazz pianist Cecil Taylor is a pioneer of what is called free jazz—music which often discards notated scores and breaks with meter and conventional harmonic progression. Now 87, his first recordings were released in the 1950s. In the late 1960s and early 70s Taylor taught at Antioch College and recordings from his years in Yellow Springs are found in the WYSO archives.

Keigo Hirakawa, Eddie Brookshire and Fenton Sparks returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions ahead of their International Jazz Day performance at Gilly's.  They talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the legacy of jazz in the Dayton area, their upcoming album and more.

Keigo Hirakawa Trio will perform at Gilly's in downtown Dayton on Saturday, April 30th at 8pm. 

Weekend of Jazz is a celebration of jazz music in regional high schools hosted by Beavercreek High School, which boasts a robust jazz program. Beavercreek High School Jazz One and director Michael Bisig visited the WYSO studios for a full band preview of the upcoming event live on Excursions.

Weekend of Jazz is March 3rd - 5th at Beavercreek High School.  More info is at: weekendofjazz.org

Research And Jazz Keep A Dayton Pianist In Perpetual Motion

Dec 21, 2015
Keigo and Wenbi Hirakawa at home
Dave Barber / WYSO

Keigo Hirakawa is an Ivy League-educated researcher and professor at the University of Dayton. He is also a gifted jazz pianist—and he’s trying to be at the top of his game in both worlds. Hirakawa moved to Dayton from the east coast in 2010. He came here for the job at UD, but he also came here for the music.

“It’s hard to balance family, work and music,” Hirakawa says. “The amount of time that I spend for work—work meaning research—is non stop.”

StoryCorps

On Miami Valley StoryCorps we bring you conversations between local people who went to the StoryCorps booth in Dayton last spring. Today, we hear WYSO's Jazz Night host Dave Barber interview his friend Jerry Gillotti, owner of Gilly's, a jazz club in downtown Dayton.

This interview was edited by Community Voices producer Renee Wilde.

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