Friends of Dean Martinez
Friday, September 21, 7:30 p.m., free
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, LA, 310.440.7300
Since 1993, Friends of Dean Martinez have brought the influence of Ennio Morricone scores to dive bars and other assorted indie rock refuges. Having done time in Arizona, California and Texas, the band forges images of the Southwest into expansive, primarily instrumental rock pieces. Bill Elms’ pedal steel guitar rolls like tumbleweed into great sonic shapes against a score that plays like a rush of warm wind. Most recently, the band provided the score for Richard Linklater’s film adaptation of Fast Food Nation. There is no cover charge for this performance, but reservations are required.
Wednesday, September 26, 8 p.m., $28-60
Royce Hall, 340 Royce Drive, Westwood, 310.825.2101Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz musician Ornette Coleman is one of very few people who could actually live up to the term “legend.” Since 1959, the 77-year-old saxophonist and composer has crafted a prolific recording career known for innovation. His 1960 album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation inadvertently named a genre, and his music has gone on to influence artists in both the jazz and rock disciplines. This performance at UCLA’s Royce Hall will feature music from Coleman’s latest release, Sound Grammar, as well as the debut of new pieces from this visionary