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


"I am the name the coward


tattooed across his heart." 


Coward from 


 Pairing: Poetry & Music


Freetone Records CD & Booklet FTR006


See Coward in concert from Lunchtime Live


St Francis, Ashton Gate, Bristol, October 2019


Watch A Spell Of Healing, Steve Day's


locked down reading, April 2020. 













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




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




Please Note:   


All 2020 Live gigs involving Steve Day have been postponed due to the Covid 19 crisis.  They will be rescheduled whenever the appropriate time comes to make them happen.


This website will no longer function post 30th June 2020. Steve Day's work will be available on a new website later in the year.




In February 2020 Steve Day and Mark Langford released a new spoken word/music album, Pairing.  On four tracks Julian Dale designs a third language on double bass.  Stuart Maconie (BBC Radio 6, Freak Zone) called Pairing "a fascinating recording".  Hear the track Memory Of The Moon played on Freak Zone, click hereMoon is the penultimate track on the podcast.



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.



Steve Day is a member Day Langford Dale, 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 recordings:

Visitors (Leo LR 567) 

Song Of The Fly (Leo LR 600) 

Strewn With Pebbles (Leo Records LR 645)

Blazing Flame Play High Mountain Top (Leo LR 687)  

Blazing Flame Murmuration (LR 756)

Blazing Flame Quintet The Set List Shuffle (Leo LR 788)

Blazing Flame Wrecked Chateau (LR 855)

Steve Day & Mark Langford + Julian Dale Pairing(Freetone FTR006)



Steve Day poetry:

Day By Day (South West Arts)

The Edge Of England, Selected Poems Vol.1 (Grosvenor House)

Curving Sentences, Selected Poems Vol.2 (Grosvenor House)



Steve Day books: 

Two Full Ears: Listening to Improvised Music (Soundworld)

Ornette Coleman: Music Always (Soundworld)

Free Jazz (Chapter), Masters Of Jazz Saxophone, ed. Dave Gelly (Miller Freeman)

Looks Like Leisure? (Chapter with Nick Fripp) Intellectual Disability & Social Inclusion (Churchill Livingstone)

The Ganelin Trio : A Russian Triptych (Palmyra) not available in UK



Steve Day liner notes for: Anthony Braxton (USA), Antonio Moncada, Carlos Actis Dato (Italy), Paul Dunmall, Keith & Julie Tippett, Loz Speyer, Trevor Watts, Bird Architects (UK), Mark O'Leary (Ireland), Frank Gratkowski (Poland), Slava Ganelin (Russia)



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, David Mowat.