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Jazz Bilzen

Jazz Bilzen
Genre Rock, jazz, pop, etc.
Location(s) Bilzen
Years active 1965-1981

Jazz Bilzen was a recurring multi-day open air jazz and pop festival that took place from 1965 to 1981 in the Belgian city of Bilzen. Jazz Bilzen was the first festival on the continent where jazz and pop music were brought together. Therefore, Jazz Bilzen is sometimes called the "mother of all European festivals".


  • History 1
  • Lineups 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Like the Rock Werchter.


A few of the pop artists that performed at the festival included Boudewijn de Groot, Van Morrison, John Cale, Lou Reed, Cat Stevens, The Pretty Things, MC5, Jan Akkerman, Jeff Beck, Al Stewart, Mungo Jerry, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Jango Edwards, Kevin Ayers, Golden Earring, Alvin Lee, Focus, Machiavel, Soft Machine, Camel, Badfinger, Procol Harum, The Moody Blues, Group 1850, Magma, Ian Gillan Band, Wishbone Ash, Spencer Davis Group, T. Rex, Fairport Convention, Third World War, Supercharge, Armand, Kevin Coyne, Aerosmith, Whitesnake, The Faces, AC/DC, Rory Gallagher, Black Sabbath, Screaming Lord Sutch, Cos, Burnin' Plague, Mott the Hoople, Cuby + Blizzards, Ian Hunter, Herman Brood, Black Sabbath, Ekseption, The Holy Modal Rounders, Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias, Black Oak Arkansas, Rick Wakeman, Humble Pie, Taste, Ginger Baker, Medicine Head, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Japan, Nils Lofgren, The Move, Colin Blunstone, Lindisfarne, Beggars Opera, Supersister, Eire Apparent, JSD Band, Michael Chapman, Greenslade, Blossom Toes, Shocking Blue, Ted Nugent, Inner Circle, Curved Air, Man, John Miles, CCC Inc., Barclay James Harvest, Marsha Hunt, Slade, Zen, The Kinks, Wizzard, Stray, The Troggs, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, The Jam, The Police, Elvis Costello, Raymond van het Groenewoud, The Kids, Ramones, The Clash, The Cure, Girlschool, Blondie, The Damned, Uriah Heep and Deep Purple.[1] Some of the jazz and other greats who made their appearances, were Toots Thielemans, Clark Terry, Ornette Coleman, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Dutch Swing College Band, Elvin Jones, Memphis Slim, Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Brian Auger, John McLaughlin, Yusef Lateef, Slide Hampton, Archie Shepp, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Han Bennink, Herman van Veen, Champion Jack Dupree, Eddie Boyd, Alexis Korner, Ralph McTell, Dan Ar Braz, Alan Stivell, James Brown, Ike & Tina Turner, Reverend Gary Davis, Arthur Conley, Jan Hammer, Klaus Doldinger, Dexter Gordon, Stanley Clarke, Charles Lloyd, Passport, Freddie Hubbard, Peter Brötzmann, Jean-Luc Ponty, Cecil Taylor, Nucleus, Larry Coryell, Steve Shorter, Marc Moulin, Philip Catherine, Gato Barbieri, Joe Henderson, Weather Report. [2]

Notable non-appearances amongst invited artists included Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, The Nice, Jack Bruce, Mimi Fariña, Elton John, Badger, Pentangle, and ELO.[3]

See also


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  3. ^ NIJSSEN, Koenraad; "Jazz Bilzen: tijd voor muziek (en veel meer) (1965-1981)", Davidsfonds Leuven, 2009.

External links

  • Brian Auger & Trinity (Live at Jazz Bilzen 1969) HD
  • Deep Purple - Mandrake Root (Live in Bilzen 1969) HD
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