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


"The sentence that sentenced me


was like a swift spear


passin' through the drum


to pin a pause in thin air."  


Silent Way from 


 Pairing: Poetry & Music


Freetone Records CD & Booklet FTR006 












ISBN 978-1-78623-454-4   CURVING SENTENCES




ISBN 978-1-78623-166-6   THE EDGE OF ENGLAND 



In February 2020 Steve Day and Mark Langford release a new spoken word/music album, Pairing.  Eleven poems of alchemy and insight captivated by deep bass clarinet and piano. On four tracks Julian Dale designs a third language on double bass. 


Steve Day's second collection of selected poems Curving Sentences is now available through Amazon and other retailers. Over the last 12 months he has performed at a wide range of venues including Colston Hall, Amnesty Garden Party, Lunchtime at St Francis and regular visits to The Greenbank, Easton. 


In 2020 Day and Langford will be at an even wider range of venues in the UK.  The opening concert at The Old School Room, Chew Magna on Friday 21st February was hailed as "a powerful combination of words and music".  (EBL) The next gig is at The Greenbank, Bristol BS5 6DP on Friday 13th March 2020.





Steve Day is also a member of the poetry coalition BeforePoets and the band Blazing Flame. 


Click here to hear: Steve Day and Mark Langford's duets based on three poems from the book The Edge Of EnglandSyd's Body, Connection Blues, I Know No Meaning For the Word Divine.


He 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."


About Steve Day:

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



Zdenek Slaby (His Voice) Czech Republic: ".... 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).  Blazing Flame Quintet's albums are The Set List Shuffle (LR 788) and the new 2019, Wrecked Chateau (LR 855).  Note: the band is now known simply as Blazing Flame. 


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).  His 2017 book (Listening to the music of) The Ganelin Trio: A Russian Triptych is not available in the UK.


Steve Day 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, Keith & Julie Tippett, Loz Speyer's Inner Space, Trevor Watts, (UK), Frank Gratkowski (Poland), Slava Ganelin (Russia) and Mark O'Leary (Ireland).


Photograph credits on this website:  Claudio Ahlers, Ruby Anderson, Rowan Stallard, Bryony Buttercup Day, Jon Ogborne, Steve Gear, Anton Henley, Jack Offord, Andrew Watkins, Tony Benjamin, David Walden, AD Photos.