Vagabond marks Spencer Day’s first release on Concord Jazz and cements his reputation as a balladeer for the new century. The 14-track album will be available in stores & online September 8th. “I wanted to create a musical hybrid,” says Day. “I’ve drawn from the Great American Songbook quite a bit in the past, but I really wanted to infuse this album with a more contemporary aesthetic, and also draw on some influences from the early ‘60s, like Burt Bacharach, Roy Orbison and Dusty Springfield. I wanted to create a sound that could stand alone and not be easily put into one category, but at the same time appeal to a broad range of listeners.”
Spencer Day has enjoyed a musical career remarkable even for someone twice his age. He has appeared on national television four times and performed at some of the finest venues in the United States. His velvet baritone and original compositions have earned him acclaim from coast to coast. His voice inspires comparisons to Harry Connick Jr., and his compositions to those of Cole Porter, Paul Simon and Rufus Wainwright. Critics call Spencer Day “the male counterpart to Norah Jones”; yet, Spencer’s musical style is all his own, fusing jazz, contemporary, and folk/country genres.
Largely self-taught, Day’s work reveals the influences of composers from Gershwin to Lennon and McCartney. In his music, one can hear the vulnerability of Chet Baker or Jeff Buckley and the phrasing and swing of Ella Fitzgerald. “I want to create a passionate fusion of all the musical styles that have inspired me,” Day says. “As I grow as an artist, I hope to continue paying homage to the great artists who have shaped my style and sensibilities. I want to create music that is smooth and sophisticated, but teeming with raw emotion and fire under the surface. It is in life's contradictions where the most beautiful things are created.”
A self-proclaimed perfectionist and workaholic, Day has been devoting himself to his career, and his hard work is paying off. In 2008, he will be a featured performer at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival and the Singapore Sun Festival. He is a perennial favorite in the Bay Area, headlining at Yoshi's, the Rrazz Room, the Great American Music Hall, and the Herbst Theatre.
In New York City, Spencer received rave reviews in Time Out and Backstage magazines and performed to wildly enthusiastic audiences at the Town Hall, Joe’s Pub, the Jazz Standard, and the Canal Room. He has headlined at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., The Sheldon Concert Hall in St Louis, and the Dakota in Minneapolis.