Blue on Blues
Dennis Escobedo is the screenwriter of Bookworm, Advice For Teenage Outcasts, Last Summer of Nathan Lee, & The Unlucky.
Last Summer of Nathan Lee will make its world premiere at CAAMFest 2023 in San Francisco directed by award winning director Quentin Lee, produced by Margin Films.
Advice for Teenage Outcasts is in development with award winning director B Kelley (The Real Thing) and Sophie Giannamore (The L Word, Transparent) set to star.
Dennis' plays The Poet of Columbus Avenue and Charlotte Second Chance have been performed in NYC Off-Broadway (Pan Asian Rep), Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Stanford University.
Officer Jarvis Selby, Pasadena Police Officer
Officer Shelby hails from New Orleans, La. He is a graduate of Crenshaw High and attended HBCU, Texas Southern University studying Criminal Justice. Officer Shelby is a Pasadena Police negotiator, outreach officer and a training officer for the department.
Rickey Woodard is an American jazz saxophonist. born in Nashville, Tennessee. From 1980, he spent seven years with the Ray Charles band. A member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Woodard has recorded with Frank Capp and is a member of Jeannie and Jimmy Cheatham's Sweet Baby Blues Band.
In 1993, he embarked on a series of yearly visits to the Peterborough Jazz Club in England, billed with veteran British jazz musicians such as Dick Morrissey, John Burch, and Tony Arche.
Mel Colins, Jazz, Blues singer
Mel Collins was born and raised in Hacienda Heights, CA, just outside Los Angeles. The youngest of four children, she was surrounded by music from the start. Her mother played "a little piano" and her father played the organ at their church in Los Angeles. He was also the Director of the So. Cal. State Youth Choir, a renowned gospel choir that Mel spent many nights listening to. From an early age, she idolized Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson, and sang in her church choir. But she never considered a career as a vocalist until she attended Citrus College, where she entered as a communications major and was also taking acting courses. She loves to tell stories. Her first love was acting, not singing. She got into musical theatre by combining her two loves. So began Mel's career in musical theatre. She has enjoyed starring roles in numerous productions including Ain't Misbehavin', Smokey Joe's Café, and the touring company of Purlie. She also landed a full-time gig at Disneyland in the standing production of Animazement. She continues to perform regularly at Disneyland in multiple roles (singing everything from Christmas carols to jazz standards to "The Circle of Life"), an affiliation that has lasted over 15 years. It was at Disneyland in her role as Queeny, backed by the Royal Street Bachelors, that Mel found herself singing jazz standards made famous by her childhood idols, Ella and Nancy.
Adam Ledbetter, Pianist
Adam Ledbetter was born into a creative family bot his first performance experience as a 3-year-old soloist in a community choir directed by his mother. At 10 he began taking formal piano lessons and within a few months he was working as the church’s full-time musical director. Growing up in that role allowed him to fine tune his musical instincts while his classical studies gave him a keen proficiency at the piano.
This combination led to many musical experiments of mixing influences as diverse as Busta Rhymes and Chopin. In his early teens he inherited his father’s jazz record collection which led to a lifelong love of bebop and the blues. Having broad tastes from the beginning, Adam’s musical talents include rap, piano, production and composition.
Adam is just as at home giving a solo piano recital as he is freestyling on the mic. As an MC he has been featured on work by Lightheaded, Omega Watts, Jabee, Sean C. Johnson and many more. Adam believes music is a spectrum and for him styles of music are instruments in his band and their best when they play together.