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

 

"King of The Rain said to me, 'What I do, I do for free, I don't need a salary to drown you.'" 

 

 

King Of The Rain is a track from The Set List List Shuffle by Blazing Flame Quintet to be released by Leo Records in the Summer of 2017.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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 contributes monthly reviews and regular articles to the online What's New magazine hosted by www.sandybrownjazz.co.uk   His latest book, about the legendary Russian ensemble, The Ganelin Trio, will be published this year, though currently there are no plans to do so in the UK.  

 

Steve Day is a member of Blazing Flame Quintet, their new album, The Set List Shuffle is now available on Leo Records.  They are currently playing a number of selected dates in the UK.  In April they made their debut at The Vortex in London to a fantastic reception and will be playing Bristol Old Vic Theatre (free admission) on Monday 29th May at 12.00 mid-day presenting Over The Brow, a ten minute contemporary improvised jazz opera.  They are also playing two full sets at Cafe Kino on Friday 2nd June. An update can be found on the Blazing Flame page of this website, click red.  

 

For enquiries in relation to bookings: earssteveday(at)aol(dot)com

 

 

 

 

 About Steve Day:  

 

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

 

Francesca Odila Bellino (All That Jazz):  ".....simply amazing.... music to be enchanted by ..... 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 own 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).     

 

Taran's Free Jazz Hour (2) have produced a pod-broadcast featuring the two opening tracks from Murmuration.  The whole show is click to listen.  The Flame are featured at 1:14.35 on the timer.   There is another Taran's Free Jazz Hour (1) broadcast click featuring two tracks from High Mountain Top.  This programme also features Taran Singh giving a superb reading of Langston Hughes' Six-Bits Blues

                                      

 His books include:

 

Ornette Coleman: Music Always and Two Full Ears: Listening to Improvised Music, (Soundworld), now described as indie classics. 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 (Sicily), Carlo 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, Aaron Standon, Anton Henley & Andrew Watkins.