Free Jazz in Amougies: Research on the Schedule of the Festival Actuel, October 24-28, 1969

By acousticalswing
updated over 3 years ago

The list below reflects in progress research on the Festival Actuel, held in Amougies, Belgium, October 24-28, 1969.

It is an attempt at reconstructing the actual schedule of the festival, substantially different from what posters advertised, and at documenting the personnel of the jazz groups featured.

Dates used correspond to beginnings of evenings, but concerts ran late into the night. Best efforts have been made to place "pop" and "new music" groups correctly in the schedule, but personnel is not included. In two instances (Indescriptible chaos rampant and We Free), band members entries have been used as substitute for bands without discogs pages.

Information on personnel, instruments, and running order has been gathered from contemporary press coverage of the festival (Actuel, Jazz Magazine, Rock & Folk, and Down Beat) and the viewing of the Amougies Music Power and Amougies European Music Revolution films. For instrument abbreviations, see jazzdiscography.com. Data compiled by Pierre Crépon.

  1. Day 1: October 24, 1969

  2. Day 1: October 24, 1969

  3. Day 1: October 24, 1969

  4. Day 1: October 24, 1969

    Burton Greene (hag, p), Beb Guérin (b), Claude Delcloo (d)

  5. Day 1: October 24, 1969

    Byard Lancaster (f, ss, as), Frank Wright (ts), Alan Silva (b), Sunny Murray (d)

  6. Day 1: October 24, 1969

  7. Day 2: October 25, 1969

  8. Day 2: October 25, 1969

  9. Day 2: October 25, 1969

  10. Day 2: October 25, 1969

    Noah Howard (as), Frank Wright (ts), Bobby Few (p), Muhammad Ali (d)

  11. Day 2: October 25, 1969

  12. Day 2: October 25, 1969

    Don Cherry (f, t, p, oth), Ray Draper (tu), Johnny Dyani (b), Okay Temiz (d)

  13. Day 2: October 25, 1969

    Joachim Kühn (as, p), Jean-François Jenny-Clark (b), Jacques Thollot (d)

  14. Day 2: October 25, 1969

  15. Day 2: October 25, 1969

    Joseph Jarman (ss, as, eg, oth), Roscoe Mitchell (ts, oth), Lester Bowie (t, oth), Malachi Favors (b, eb, oth)

  16. NB: entry used as substitute for Indescriptible chaos rampant band (not on discogs)

    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  17. Day 3: October 26, 1969

  18. NB: entry used as substitute for We Free band (not on discogs)

    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  19. Day 3: October 26, 1969

  20. NB: entry used as substitute for Alan Jack Civilization band

    Day 3: October 26, 1969

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    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  22. Day 3: October 26, 1969

  23. Day 3: October 26, 1969

    Anthony Braxton (reeds, cbc, oth), Leo Smith (t, per), Steve McCall (d), Leroy Jenkins (mcs, vn)

  24. Day 3: October 26, 1969

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    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  26. Day 3: October 26, 1969

  27. Day 4: October 27, 1969

  28. Day 4: October 27, 1969

    Arthur Jones (as), Ric Colbeck (t), Bobby Few (p), Beb Guérin (b), Claude Delcloo (d)

  29. Day 4: October 27, 1969

    Kenneth Terroade (ts), Bobby Few (p), Beb Guérin (b), Claude Delcloo (d), Alan Silva (vn), Djibrill Toyé (perc)

  30. Day 4: October 27, 1969

    Kenneth Terroade (f), Clifford Thornton (shn, c), Joseph Jarman (as), Muhammad Ali (Cm), Beb Guérin (b), Claude Delcloo (d)

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    Day 4: October 27, 1969

  32. Day 4: October 27, 1969

    Lyn Dobson (ss), Elton Dean (as), Marc Charig (fh), Nick Evans (tb), Keith Tippett (p), unnamed, unnamed

  33. Day 4: October 27, 1969

  34. Day 4: October 27, 1969

    Ted Daniel (t), Dave Burrell (p), Norris Jones (b), Muhammad Ali (d)

  35. Day 4: October 27, 1969

    John Surman (bcl, ss, bar), Barre Phillips (b), Stu Martin (d)

  36. Day 4: October 27, 1969

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    Day 5: October 28, 1969

  38. Day 5: October 28, 1969

  39. Day 5: October 28, 1969

  40. Day 5: October 28, 1969

  41. Day 5: October 28, 1969

    Evan Parker (ss, ts), Mike Osborne (as), John Surman (bar), Mongezi Feza (t), Chris McGregor (p), Barre Phillips (b), Stu Martin, Louis Moholo (d)

  42. Day 5: October 28, 1969

    Gunter Hampel (vib)

  43. Day 5: October 28, 1969

    Robin Kenyatta (as), Norris Jones (b), Fred Braceful, Louis Moholo (d)

  44. Day 5: October 28, 1969

    Steve Lacy (ss), Norris Jones (b), Louis Moholo (d), Irène Aebi (vc)

  45. Day 5: October 28, 1969

  46. Day 5: October 28, 1969