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

 

"Why would an innocent man

 

offer up his own confession?" 

 

Self Imposed Public Trial from

 

 Curving Sentences: Selected Poems Vol 2

 

  

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

Steve Day's second collection of selected poems Curving Sentences is now available through Amazon and other retailers.  Book launch performances will be taking place in May 2019 both at St Francis, Ashton Gate and the Alma Tavern Theatre.  He is performing in his own right at St Francis and as a member of Blazing Flame at the Alma Theatre. 

 

Steve Day is a member of the newly formed poetry coalition, BeforePoets, which also includes Julie Tippetts, James Stallard and Phil Madden.  A special live show by BeforePoets is scheduled for June 2019 with a collective anthology published in the Autumn. All details here.

 

Julie Tippetts brings to verse what's she's always brought to music, a disarming gravitas, a kind of soulful leap into the dark.  James Stallard and Phil Madden are very different writers yet they both have voices that breathe a love of language.

 

Click here to hear: Steve Day reading three poems from his book The Edge of England, in duet with Mark Langford playing bass clarinet.  Syd's Body, Connection Blues, I Know No Meaning For The Word Divine. 

 

 


 

 

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."

 

   

  • Steve Day is a member of Blazing Flame Quintet/6.  More info on the link via the Blazing Flame page of this website, click red.  
  • Their previous album, The Set List Shuffle is available on Leo Records as is their new 2019 album Wrecked Chateau. 
  • For all live bookings and other media promotions in the UK/Europe contact Steve Day at: earssteveday(at)gmail(dot) com

 

 

 


 

 

 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).  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).  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:  Ruby Anderson, Rowan Stallard, Bryony Buttercup Day, Jon Ogborne, Steve Gear, Anton Henley, T & T Harvey, Jack Offord, Andrew Watkins, Tony Benjamin, David Walden, Phil The Sound, AD Photos.