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

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. 1
    Alan Jack Civilization
    Day 1: October 24, 1969
  2. 2
    Colosseum
    Day 1: October 24, 1969
  3. 3
    The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation
    Day 1: October 24, 1969
  4. 4
    Burton Greene
    Day 1: October 24, 1969

    Burton Greene (hag, p), Beb Guérin (b), Claude Delcloo (d)
  5. 5
    Sunny Murray
    Day 1: October 24, 1969

    Byard Lancaster (f, ss, as), Frank Wright (ts), Alan Silva (b), Sunny Murray (d)
  6. 6
    Ten Years After
    Day 1: October 24, 1969
  7. 7
    Blues Convention
    Day 2: October 25, 1969
  8. 8
    Freedom (9)
    Day 2: October 25, 1969
  9. 9
    Renaissance (4)
    Day 2: October 25, 1969
  10. 10
    Noah Howard
    Day 2: October 25, 1969

    Noah Howard (as), Frank Wright (ts), Bobby Few (p), Muhammad Ali (d)
  11. 11
    Alexis Korner
    Day 2: October 25, 1969
  12. 12
    Don Cherry
    Day 2: October 25, 1969

    Don Cherry (f, t, p, oth), Ray Draper (tu), Johnny Dyani (b), Okay Temiz (d)
  13. 13
    Joachim Kühn
  14. 14
    Pink Floyd
    Day 2: October 25, 1969
  15. 15
    The Art Ensemble Of Chicago
    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. 16
    Patrick Verbeke
    NB: entry used as substitute for Indescriptible chaos rampant band (not on discogs)

    Day 3: October 26, 1969
  17. 17
    Martin Circus
    Day 3: October 26, 1969
  18. 18
    Jean-Pierre Auffredo
    NB: entry used as substitute for We Free band (not on discogs)

    Day 3: October 26, 1969
  19. 19
    Cruciferius
    Day 3: October 26, 1969
  20. 20
    Alan Jack
    NB: entry used as substitute for Alan Jack Civilization band

    Day 3: October 26, 1969
  21. 21
    Ame Son
    Day 3: October 26, 1969
  22. 22
    Blossom Toes
    Day 3: October 26, 1969
  23. 23
    Anthony Braxton
    Day 3: October 26, 1969

    Anthony Braxton (reeds, cbc, oth), Leo Smith (t, per), Steve McCall (d), Leroy Jenkins (mcs, vn)
  24. 24
    Day 3: October 26, 1969
  25. 25
    Caravan
    Day 3: October 26, 1969
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