Terry Day

Terry Day

1940 (age 7576)

Origin United Kingdom
Occupation(s) Musician, teacher
Instruments Piano, Keyboards, percussion, Bamboo pipes, cello, mandolin
Associated acts Alterations (band), Continuous Music Ensemble, London Improvisers Orchestra, The People Band
Website http://www.terryday.co.uk/

Terry Day (born 17 October 1940)[1] is a musician specialising in free improvisation, a poet and a visual artist.[2] He is a founding member of the Continuous Music Ensemble and The People Band.[3] Some of his musical partners include Derek Bailey, Steve Beresford, Phil Minton, Evan Parker, Charlotte Hug, John Russell, Rhodri Davis, Misha Mengelberg, Tony Oxley, Marten Altena, Phil Wachsman and John Tchikai. He is a member of the improvising, genre-hopping quartet Alterations,[4] active from 1977 to 1986 and reforming in 2015.[5] Terry Day plays many instruments including piano, keyboards, alto & soprano saxophones, bamboo pipes, drums, percussion, cello, mandolin, home made instruments, balloons, toys (blowers, whackers & pluckers), African thumb piano, voice, Chinese flutes, plastic trumpet, crackle box.[6]

Terry Day is self taught but from a musical family: his father was a drummer and his brother Pat was a child prodigy and played with Graham Bond.[7]

Discography (partial)

Solo and Collaborative Albums


  1. "Oral history of jazz in Britain". British Library. British Library. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  2. "Terry Day ← People ← Cafe OTO". www.cafeoto.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-05-17.
  3. "LondonJazz: Feature: The People Band". www.londonjazznews.com. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  4. Bell, Clive. "Clive Bell: What's so funny 'bout British improvising? - The Wire". The Wire Magazine - Adventures In Modern Music. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  5. "Steve Beresford ← People ← Cafe OTO". www.cafeoto.co.uk. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  6. "Terry Day's Biography — Free listening, videos, concerts, stats and photos at Last.fm". www.last.fm. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  7. Balls, Richard (2011). Sex and drugs and rock 'n' roll: The Life Of Ian Dury. London: Omnibus Press. p. 63. ISBN 1849387729.
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