Phil DiRe, Influential Founder of Buffalo Jazz Ensemble, Dies at 80

Phil DiRe, founder of the Buffalo Jazz Ensemble, died on May 26 at the age of 80. Influencing the lives of many, the years 1972 to 1980 represent some of the most momentous years in Phil’s life, as well as the lives of others during that timeframe. 

It is not to say other years did not matter and did not become pillars in Phil’s life.  But it to say that Phil, as a musician, influenced the lives of many musicians and the history of jazz in Buffalo during this time.

Sabu Adeyola and Phil

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