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

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updated 2 months 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. Alan Jack Civilization

    Day 1: October 24, 1969

  2. Colosseum

    Day 1: October 24, 1969

  3. The Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation

    Day 1: October 24, 1969

  4. Burton Greene

    Day 1: October 24, 1969

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

  5. Sunny Murray

    Day 1: October 24, 1969

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

  6. Ten Years After

    Day 1: October 24, 1969

  7. Blues Convention

    Day 2: October 25, 1969

  8. Freedom (9)

    Day 2: October 25, 1969

  9. Renaissance (4)

    Day 2: October 25, 1969

  10. Noah Howard

    Day 2: October 25, 1969

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

  11. Alexis Korner

    Day 2: October 25, 1969

  12. Don Cherry

    Day 2: October 25, 1969

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

  13. Joachim Kühn

    Day 2: October 25, 1969

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

  14. Pink Floyd

    Day 2: October 25, 1969

  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. Patrick Verbeke

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

    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  17. Martin Circus

    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  18. Jean-Pierre Auffredo

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

    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  19. Cruciferius

    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  20. Alan Jack

    NB: entry used as substitute for Alan Jack Civilization band

    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  21. 21

    Ame Son

    Ame Son

    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  22. Blossom Toes

    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  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. GERM (6)

    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  25. 25

    Caravan

    Caravan

    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  26. The Nice

    Day 3: October 26, 1969

  27. Frogeaters

    Day 4: October 27, 1969

  28. Arthur Jones

    Day 4: October 27, 1969

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

  29. Kenneth Terroade

    Day 4: October 27, 1969

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

  30. Clifford Thornton

    Day 4: October 27, 1969

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

  31. 32

    Yes

    Yes

    Day 4: October 27, 1969

  32. Keith Tippett

    Day 4: October 27, 1969

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

  33. The Pretty Things

    Day 4: October 27, 1969

  34. Dave Burrell

    Day 4: October 27, 1969

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

  35. John Surman

    Day 4: October 27, 1969

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

  36. Acting Trio

    Day 4: October 27, 1969

  37. 38

    Zoo (4)

    Zoo (4)

    Day 5: October 28, 1969

  38. East Of Eden (2)

    Day 5: October 28, 1969

  39. Sam Apple Pie

    Day 5: October 28, 1969

  40. Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band

    Day 5: October 28, 1969

  41. Chris McGregor

    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. Gunter Hampel

    Day 5: October 28, 1969

    Gunter Hampel (vib)

  43. Robin Kenyatta

    Day 5: October 28, 1969

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

  44. Steve Lacy

    Day 5: October 28, 1969

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

  45. Fat Mattress

    Day 5: October 28, 1969

  46. Musica Elettronica Viva

    Day 5: October 28, 1969