ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rhodes Spedale is a renowned jazz pianist, author, educator, historian, and radio personality. He is a
native of Plaquemine LA and a long time resident of New Orleans LA. He began playing piano at the
age of seven under the instruction of Anna May Babin. While attending Pomona College in Pomona
CA, he was a student of the late jazz pianist, Hampton Hawes, for two years. He also studied under
renowned New York pianist, John Mehegan.
After serving in the Army at The Presidio in San Francisco CA, Spedale returned to New Orleans in
1966 and slowly worked his way into the local jazz scene. In 1972, he began producing a Sunday
evening program, Jazz Sketches at WWNO, a local jazz radio station. This program explored all
forms of jazz, from traditional to avant garde, and ended in 1985. He then hosted Jazz From Congo
Square on WWOZ until 1990.
Rhodes has played in a number of local clubs, hotels, and restaurants over the years, including the
Club Second Line, The Mint Julep Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, The Esplanade Room at the
Royal Orleans Hotel, Royal Sonesta Hotel, Pontchatrain Hotel, Westin, Intercontinental, Le Meridien,
Bourbon Orleans, Antoine’s Restaurant, Arnaud’s Restaurant, Charley G’s, Restaurant Jonathan,
and the Empire and Bombay Clubs. He has been a regular performer at the French Quarter Festival
since its inception, and Rhodes has played at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Spedale has written on jazz and his reviews and articles appear in a number of publications, including
Jazz Times, Jazz Forum, Reviews a’ la Mode, New Orleans Magazine, New Orleans Arts Council
Newsletter, and in liner notes for Concord Jazz. A larger undertaking was published in 1984 when he
authored A Guide to Jazz in New Orleans. A Guide to Jazz highlights the historical, as well as modern
jazz musicians who hail from New Orleans, and includes many first hand accounts by the author, as
well as a number of photographs of musicians who are discussed throughout the book.
Spedale’s current group, The Rhodes Spedale Trio, includes himself, David Carbonara on bass, and a
variety of local drummers including Dicky Taylor (of the Dukes of Dixieland Band), Mark Morris, and
David Hansen. He also currently appears with Jim Campbell's The Gentle Jazz, and occasionally
with Warren Clark's French Quarter Jazz Band.
Among the many musicians Spedale has performed with are: Tony Bazley, Germaine Bazzle, Al
Belletto, James Black, Pud Brown, The Jim Campbell Orchestra, Jerry Christopher, Betty Comora,
The Dukes of Dixieland Band, Carl Fontana, Bob Havens, Bill Huntington, Connie Jones, Clyde Kerr, Jr.,
Marilyn King, Tony Klatka, Ronnie Kole, David Lastie, Jack Maheu, Steve Masakowski,