Born: July 16, 1945
Dennis Day's musical career is rooted in his earliest experiences growing up in East Chicago, Indiana, where early musical influences included his family. His mother Irene Day was a highly esteemed gospel singer and his father was an avid whistler who loved to sing and even took singing lessons in Chicago as a young man. Family “sing- alongs” encouraged an early exposure to music that led to singing in youth choirs and music education programs throughout his early schooling and later at Fisk University and eventually the prestigious Manhattan School of Music.
Dennis organized acapella and Doo-Wop groups, singing wherever he could find an audience – under neighborhood streetlights, in festivals, Masonic halls, sock hops, and talent shows. His group from East Chicago performed at Gary Roosevelt High School’s storied annual talent show, which produced the likes of actor Avery Brooks and singers Deniece Williams, Pookie Hudson and the Spaniels, William Warfield, and most notable of all, Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five.
“Versatile Dennis Day possesses an easy distinctive vocal style reminiscent of Brook
Benton, Marvin Gaye or he Platters great lead singer, Tony Williams. But his best
moments are reserved for himself and his own mellow phrasings.” Herb Boyd
“Dennis day puts a contemporary twist on many jazz classics and standards in his CD
“All Things in Time”. He covers many styles within the jazz idiom including bebop,
ballads and the blues. A tremendously talented cast of musicians backs Day.
“Dennis Day is a magna cum laude graduate of the Billy Eckstine/Nat King Cole school
of buttery baritones in Day’s case though ,there’s a healthy dollop of cayenne, plus a
spoonful of grit, blended into the butter.” VOX Jazz Improv Magazine