Muckenthaler Cultural Center’s Jazz Festival returns after yearlong hiatus

"Cowbop," featuring Bruce Forman is set to perform on May 13.
(Courtesy of Muckenthaler Center)

The Muckenthaler Cultural Center’s Jazz Festival is set to return on May 13 through June 17.

The center has held virtual and private art exhibitions, created art kits for local families, co-hosted drive-in movie theater showings with Frida Cinema and completed its sculpture garden within the past year. However, its facilities have been closed with limited capacity.

The six-week run marks the first live shows in its outdoor amphitheater since the start of COVID-19, which set off an unprecedented closure.

The Barbara Morrison Group is set to play on May 27.
(Courtesy of Muckenthaler Center)

Some of the festival’s performances include jazz-country fusion band called Cowbop featuring Bruce Forman, the L.A. Jazz Quartet featuring Larry Koonse, vocalist Barbara Morrison, Grammy-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe and vocalist Don Most, who is also known for his acting role on “Happy Days.”

The full season lineup is available online as well as tickets, which will be paperless. Capacity for the festival remains limited. Social distancing and face masks will be required. Although the center is encouraging vaccinations, they are not required to attend the outdoor festival.

If you go

What: Jazz Festival
Where: 1201 W. Malvern Ave., Fullerton
When: Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. on May 13, May 20, May 27, June 3, June 10, June 17
Cost: $150 for a season pass or $35 per performance
Info: (714) 738-6595;

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