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Stageworks Hudson Presents Spencer Day: From Gas Station Attendant to Master of Song [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Spencer Day sings from the heart.

Spencer Day sings from the heart.

Story by Larry Murray

From the moment you first hear him sing, there is something about Spencer Day that brings you back to a simpler America, one where teens like me would make date money taking odd jobs and the Great American Songbook was in full bloom. Nat “King” Cole, Parry Como and Dean Martin were the crooners along with Frank Sinatra, who made the Great American Songbook what it is.

Long after those days were past, Spencer Day was born, not surprisingly in just another small town (in Utah) on June 28, 1978. Following his parents’ separation, he lived with his grandparents in Arizona. After working in a gas station, he moved to California. Perhaps it is because Day started out working traditional jobs that he has not only remained humble, but there is also an essential remnant of innocence in every song he sings that reaches out and makes contact with your heart and, yes, even your soul. He’s just released his fourth album, The Mystery of You, and has been at this music-making for more than a decade, and as he grows older, his music matures along with him, with a resonant deepness that continues to connect.

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Real Good for Free: Spencer Day @ Hudson Waterfront Park, 8/21/09

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Spencer Day (Photo: Harris t. Hartsfield)

Spencer Day (Photo: Harris t. Hartsfield)

A year ago, Spencer Day was singing at the Tanglewood Jazz Weekend. Now, with his new album slated to drop on Tuesday, September 8, the up-and-coming vocalist-songwriter-pianist is headed into the Hudson Waterfront Park in Hudson for a free concert at 7pm on Friday, August 21.

The new 14-song album, “Vagabond,” marks Day’s debut for the Concord Jazz label, but he doesn’t seem too concerned about sticking strictly to the confines of jazz.

“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.

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