The Sweetheart of New Orleans
Welcome to my place on the web! I'm so glad you stopped by and I hope you'll visit for a while. These are such difficult times with the Covid 19 pandemic that I'm not sure when I'll get to see you in a live performance, again. Stay tuned. I wish you and your loved ones well and PLEASE be safe...STAY HOME.
ALL 2020 CALENDAR EVENTS ARE CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
Generally, it's not easy to meet every one of you at a concert or a festival, so, I hope this place on the web gives us an opportunity to get to know each other just a little more. Come along with me and get a real TASTE OF NEW ORLEANS...
Mmmm-mmmm.. GOOD! Let me entertain you!
Wanda is affectionately referred to as “The Sweetheart of New Orleans” and one of the Crescent City's premier Musical Ambassadors and Grand Marshal who leads her own band, A Taste of New Orleans, performing all over the world. She fuses jazz and blues, funk and soul, R&B, second line, spiritual and show into a ‘Jump on your feet and sing along’ music revival.
Wanda's show business career spans over fifty years and continues today. She can be seen regularly at French Quarter Fest where she has the honor of being the first closing act at Jackson Square with Juanita Brooks and Sadie Blake, when there was only one stage. Wanda carries on the New Orleans Tradition of leading Jazz funerals and parades as a Grand Marshal and she is one the first females to do so. Rouzan was honored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival when her Grand Marshal portrait graced the 1999 promotional poster and program book commemorating its 30th Anniversary. She is part of WWOZ radio's print campaign, “Guardians of the Groove”, where she is featured as Grand Marshal. Wanda graces the stage, yearly, at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, City Park's Twilight Concert Series, ENONAC'S Christmas Extravaganza, Hannah's Klozet Foundation Benefits,
as well as, numerous parties and other special events. Wanda continues to be one of New Orleans’ Treasures.
Acting is Rouzan's love and she was a regular in the second season of HBO's “Treme”, did choreography on the films, Ray & Glory Road and was in the casts of One Mo' Time, Where the Girls Were, A...my name is Alice, Hot Stuff... New Orleans Style, A Night in Old New Old New Orleans, Annie, How to succeed in Business, The Vagina Monologues, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill and more....
She founded the Xavier Prep Alumni Association in 1992 and has served three terms as President creating the XP Alumni Scholarship Fundraiser, “Remember When” a music festival on Magazine St. celebrating its 27th year.
She supports the Sisters of The Holy Family and their entertainment events for Lafon Nursing Home and their Heavenly Host of Stars Gala.
Also, she contributes to Black Cat
Productions Events with Clark Knighten's 4x4 Band and other NOLA guest artists. Come get your party on with us !!
A Taste of New Orleans - Although I had recorded and released records on Frisco Records back in the 1960's (see The Frisco Records Story CD), A Taste Of New Orleans is my first effort at producing my own music. With the accompaniment of the great players of A Taste Of New Orleans. (Phil Parnell, George French, George Porter, Jr., Herlin Riley, Shannon Powell, David Lastie, Al "Shine" Robinson, Papa Don Vappie, Reynard Poche', Wendell Brunious, Norbert Susemihl, Michael Pierce, Michael White, Fredrick Lonzo). We created a record that remains a sentimental favorite of mine. 1989
It's What I Do - This recording is dedicated to the memory of my maternal grandmother, Abigail Pellebon, whose musical efforts during the days of Vaudeville were the inspiration for It's What I Do. Pellebon travelled with the Black Patti Troubadours and sang in New Orleans at the Palace and Lyric Theatres. Musicians on this release included Arranger and Orchestra Leader, Wardell Quezergue, David Torkanowsky, Chris Serevin, Herlin Riley, Bernard "Bunchie" Johnson, Carl LeBlanc, Leroy Jones, Wendell Brunious, Stacy Cole, Jamil Shariff, Fred Kemp, Joseph Saulsbury, Carl Blouin, Jr., Amadee Castanell, and Maynard Chatters. 1994
Where Ya' At?! - Making this CD was one of my greatest joys. As an entertainer who specializes in New Orleans music, It contains Salty Dog, Shake a Hand and Ooo po pa doo, some of my most requested songs. Featured Musicians are Darrell Lavigne-Keys, Bernard " Bunchie" Johnson-drums, June Yamagishi-guitar, Wendell Brunious-trumpet, Fredrick Lonzo-Trombone, Brian "Breeze" Cayolle and Eric Traub- saxophone, Davell Crawford-B3 and Mark Brooks and George French on bass and vocals. 1999.
MAMA ROUX, my last recording, can be purchased at my SweetSHOP here on the website.