Steve Day is a writer, poet, musician, working within jazz/contemporary music and literature.

 

".... a place where we can all be safe, let the dragon eat the snake, turn and turn until it takes he who possesses the power of the dragon to remain hidden." 

Ouroboros  

Ouroboros is a song cycle currently in construction using a text by Steve Day.  It is partly based on the Egyptian legend of Ouroboros The Dragon depicting the circular pattern of life, death and rebirth.  Blazing Flame Quintet hope to eventually perform the finished work integrated within a bespoke contemporary dance performance.  The title song references Wen-yen (I Ching).  

 

 

 


 

 

 

Steve Day is a writer, poet and percussionist and among the few independent British jazz writers to be quoted in the definitive 'Penguin Guide to Jazz' (Cook/Morton). "Writer Steve Day spins out a complicated conceit in his liner-notes, aligning this group (Anthony Braxton's Ninetet) with the 'Birth of the Cool' band and Braxton's new music with Miles Davis's innovations of the 50's. Temperamentally, it's probably difficult to imagine two musicians further apart, but it's clear that Miles has become an important resource and quiddity for Braxton in the later 90's and Day's analysis, lateral as it is, ends up absolutely on the money."

 

 

His latest book, Listening to the Music of The Ganelin Trio - A Russian Triptych, is published by Palmyra in St Petersburg.  At the book-launch all promo copies sold out and it is now in a second imprint.  There has also been a first showing of a new film about The Ganelin Trio.  At the moment there are no plans for UK distribution of the book or the film.  Steve Day also regularly contributes to the on-line magazine, What's New, hosted by

www.sandybrownjazz.co.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Day is a member of Blazing Flame Quintet, their album, The Set List Shuffle is now available on Leo Records.  During 2017 the band played a number of selected dates in the UK.  In April they made their debut at The Vortex in London.  In May they presented Over The Brow at the iconic Old Vic Theatre in Bristol.  Other highlights included Ashburton-Live, Chew Valley Arts Project and their 3 date series at Cafe Kino in Bristol.  Their current 'live' series ended in January with performances at The Theatre Shop, Clevedon and The Speakeasy (Hotel Toorak), Torquay.  New dates for 2018 will be available shortly.  More info on the link via the Blazing Flame page of this website, click red.   

 

Steve Day can be contacted at: earssteveday(at)gmail(dot)com

 

FouGou Media handle all live bookings and other media promotions for Blazing Flame Quintet in the UK/Europe.

 

Please contact: FouGou Media: Tel. 01803 898570 or 07967 790358 

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About Steve Day:


Anno (Music Zoom) Italy:  ".... a poet reciting, singing inspired verses." 

 

 

Zdenek Slaby (His Voice) Czech Rebuplic: ".... I also admit I am fascinated by his concept.  Maybe he takes on some of the stress of this crazy world.  Like a flame that can burn a guard."

 

 

Barry McRae (Jazz Journal):  "He includes himself in the world around him.  The important point is that Day is a real writer." 


 

Francesca Odila Belliono (All That Jazz):  ".... this is beautiful as only stories told in poetry know how to be."


 

Joshua Breakstone (Jazz guitarist, commenting on a review):  "Your knowledge of my background, of the group itself, as well as your comments from a historical perspective on the three tunes you focused on was fabulous.... I learned a lot from what you had to impart...." 

 


Steve Day has recorded three CD's for Leo Records under his own name: Visitors (LR 567), Song Of The Fly (LR 600) and Strewn With Pebbles (LR 645) and with the original Blazing Flame collective, Blazing Flame Play High Mountain Top (LR 687) and Murmuration (LR 756).  The new album by Blazing Flame Quintet is The Set List Shuffle (LR 788).

 

 

His books include: 

 

Ornette Coleman: Music Always and Two Full Ears: Listening to Improvised Music, (Soundworld).  He contributed the chapter Free Jazz to Masters of Jazz Saxophone, edited by Dave Gelly, (Miller Freeman Books) and produces liner notes for labels such as Leo, FMP and Splasch.  Musicians include: Anthony Braxton (USA), Antonio Moncada (Silcily), Carlos Actis Dato (Italy), Paul Dunmall, Loz Speyer's Inner Space (UK), Frank Gratkowski (Poland) and Mark O'Leary (Ireland).

 

Photograph credits on this website:  Jon Ogborne, Steve Gear, Anton Henley, T & T Harvey, Jack Offord, Andrew Watkins, Tony Benjamin & Phil The Sound.