Sacramento Live: Trumpeter Anthony Coleman in Folsom

Trumpeter, keyboardist and composer Anthony Coleman II has been giving Sacramento a sonorous long goodbye as he plays his final gigs around town before heading back to New York.

Though a Sacramento native, Coleman cut his teeth in the inaugural class at the Brubeck Institute of Jazz before attending Manhattan’s New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Coleman had returned to Sacramento to raise his young son near relatives, but decided there was more opportunity back East. For his last local show (which can’t really be his last show in town) at Folsom Lake College’s Scott-Skillman Recital Hall, Coleman has assembled a strong seven-piece ensemble with some notable young musicians – including tenor saxophonist Reagan Branch, guitarist Arlyn Andersen and baritone saxophonist Byron Colborn – for a multi-themed evening.

The band will play two sets. The first gives a nod to some of the greatest trumpeters in the jazz lineage; names such as Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Lee Morgan and Clifford Brown will be celebrated. In the second set, Coleman’s group will play some of his originals and the band’s versions of some surprising contemporary tunes.

After the show, Coleman will join his partner, Cave Women drummer Vanessa Cruz, and their son on the East Coast, where one of his first shows back in New York City will be with Sacramento’s Ross Hammond (who frequently forays out of town).

Anthony Coleman II and his band. 8 p.m. today at Scott-Skillman Recital Hall, Harris Center, Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom. Tickets: $10-$15. For more information, call (916) 608-6888 or go to

Getting ghost

Henry James’ “The Turn of the Screw” holds an influential place in the realm of literary ghost stories.

The much-copied and -adapted original 1897 novella tells the story of a young English governess who comes to a remote country estate to care for two young children. The governess soon begins seeing visions of what she believes are ghosts belonging to previous residents of the mansion.

The story’s still-debated ambiguity (sexual and otherwise) and its taut, tension-filled plot have fascinated readers and critics since its publication.

SacImpulse presents Jeffrey Hatcher’s acclaimed minimal two-person stage adaptation at the Ooley Theatre for a Halloween week run with Kayla Berghoff as the governess and Jerry Lee as all the other characters, including the young children.

Performances at 8 p.m. today, Saturday, Wednesday, Thursday, next Friday and Nov. 2 at the Ooley Theatre, 2007 28th St., Sacramento. Tickets are $20 general. “The Turn of the Screw” is recommended for teens and adults. Find more information at .

Witch hunting

Arthur Miller’s 1953 drama parable “The Crucible” was ostensibly about the 1693 Salem witch trials, but widely viewed as a bitter criticism of the Joe McCarthy-led House Un-American Activities Committee, whose 1947 hearings led to U.S. government blacklisting of accused communists.

Miller’s play has become an evergreen of American theater, and Falcon’s Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College will stage the play with Peter Mohrmann directing. Performances take place in Three Stages Harris Center for the Arts on campus.

10 College Parkway in Folsom. Opening tonight and continuing 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 10. Additional performances: 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. Friday ; 10 a.m. Nov. 8; and 2 p.m. Nov. 9. Tickets: $5-$15. For more information, go to or call (916) 608-6888.