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

 

 

"I have now come to understand,

 

like all other things in life, free

 

speech has a price, paid because

 

to keep silent would come with an

 

even higher cost." 

 

Speak from

 

 The Edge OF England: Selected Poems Vol 1

 

ISBN 978-1-78623-166-6 

 

 

  

  

  

Steve Day's new poetry collection is now available in paperback through Amazon and other retailers as well as direct through this website. The book will be launched at The Greenbank Hotel, Bristol, BS5 6DP on Wednesday 30th May 2018 (8.00pm start) with a spoken word performance, plus music from Julian Dale, Peter Evans & Mark Langford. The evening is joint hosted with the fine Bristol poet, James Stallard; other special guests to be announced.  All donations to Amnesty International.  

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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."

 

 

He 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 'live' series ended in late January 2018 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.   

 

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 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); his 2017 book is Listening to the music of The Ganelin Trio: A Russian Triptych (not available in the UK). 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, 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, David Walden & Phil The Sound.