We love to play music together, especially jazz music. We love having an appreciative audience that enjoys listening. We are... interested in providing jazz entertainment in multiple types of settings including clubs, weddings, cruises, restaurants, private parties, and festivals.  We can perform as a duo of piano and bass for background ambience events as well as a trio with your choice of horn or drums or vocals. Our full group is a quintet or sextet with piano, bass, horns, drums, and vocals.  Call us now for your event:  504-220-0477 


Rhodes Spedale 

is the pianist and co-leader of LIVE JAZZ GROUP.

Rhodes is a veteran pianist on the New Orleans jazz scene having performed as a solo pianist for many years at the Royal Orleans Hotel and other venues and as a member of various jazz groups as well as his own.

With his own trio he recorded several recordings live from New Orleans premier jazz club Snug Harbor including "Snug Harbor Sessions", "Touchstones and Torch Songs", and "S,Mardi Gras at Snug Harbor". He has also played and recorded traditional Dixieland piano on "The Gentle Jazz" recording with Clarinetist Norman Meyer and bassist Jim Campbell. He has played over many years with various musicians including Alto saxophonist Al Belleto's quartet featuring Drummer John Vidacovich, Trombonists Carl Fontana and Mark Mullins, Trumpeters Connie Jones, Eddie Bayard, Richard Sudhalter, Clarinetists Jack Maheu, Pud Brown, and Don Suhor, the Dukes of Dixieland, vocalist Luther Kent, as well as his own groups Jazz from Congo Square and the Night Bloom-in' Jazz Men.


He has played with his own and various other groups for almost every French Quarter Jazz Festival since its inception.


Over the years he has been active writing about jazz from reviewing records, writing jazz columns for various publications such as New Orleans Magazine, Jazz Times, the Polish Magazine Jazz Forum. In 1984 he published a book “A Guide To Jazz In New Orleans" and for 15 years he hosted a jazz radio show twice weekly at WWNO and WWOZ entitled "Jazz Sketches" and "Jazz From Congo Square". In 1985 he hosted The New Orleans Jazz Club program on WWL. He has served on the board of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Louis Armstrong Cultural Development Fund, and he also served as a member of the State of Louisiana Music Commission. For several years he was a guest lecturer at Loyola's School of Music Jazz Studies program.

Lil Josephine 

is a veteran performer of many jazz idioms. Her  main instrument is electric bass (fretless and fretted). She was one of the original members of Some Like It Hot, the traditional Dixieland band on upright bass and bass drum for over 8 years.


She alternated between electric guitar, standup bass and electric bass at various venues with renowned jazz guitarist Warren Battiste, who was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2001.


She has played at many venues in the New Orleans area including Turtle Bay, Spotted Cat, Maison, The Bombay Club,  Tipitinas, Preservation Hall, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and French Quarter Festivals, as well as numerous private and corporate events.


In May 2013 she founded LIVE JAZZ GROUP.   She currently performs with LIVE JAZZ duo along with pianist Rhodes Spedale weekly at Evangeline Nola Restaurant in New Orleans as well as other private and public events with the LIVE JAZZ GROUP


Lloyd Cambre is a second generation New Orleans Musician.


He is the Percussionist Premier Drummer for internationally recognized Classical Jazz Pianist Ronnie Kole.

Lloyd Cambre received his Bachelor of Music Degree from SLU and his Master of Music Education Degree from Vandercook College of Music in Chicago.

His forty years of playing have included performing with Jimmy Dorsey, Dr. John, Frankie Ford, Warren Covington, Allen Toussaint, Tommy Dorsey, The Baton Rouge Symphony, famed jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, The Coasters, Al Belletto Quartet and Big Band, Myron Floren, Big Tiny Little from the Lawrence Welk Orchestra and Florence Henderson.


He has toured with Dukes of Dixieland and internationally with the Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians on their Community Concert Tour with the Pied Pipers and Gary Crosby. He has performed throughout Central and South America on numerous tours with the Jazz Professors. He has played for the Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Ships, the Mississippi Queen, American Queen and Delta Queen River Boats, and the Treasure Chest, Treasure Bay, Grand, Harrahs, President, and Magic Casinos.

He is active in the New Orleans Music scene and always looks forward to playing his hometowns two biggest musical events: The French Quarter Festival and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.


She is a born and raised New Orleanian bringing a  style of jazz with vocalese akin to the style of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross.  She has toured with Donald Harrison, among other stellar musicians including backup vocals for Stevie Wonder when he performed in New Orleans before the pandemic.  She is also the featured vocalist for the group TETRAD.  Gingerbread has New Orleans musical heritage as her great uncle was Clarinetist Joseph "Cornbread" Thomas. 

GIO: George Blackmon


Gio is a multifaceted vocalist and instrumentalist who sets the bar for other jazz vocalists. His singing of the standards, improvisation, and ability to engage the listener’s attention is unique and reveals a true depth and feeling for jazz tunes. He is a jazz singer. He is frequently a special guest vocalist with LIVE JAZZ GROUP.


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Jazz Music for all types of events:  festivals, corporate, private. clubs, restaurants, cruises.

Piano, keyboard, bass, drums, vocalists, and horns available.
Rhodes Spedale 504-220-0447