Welcome to my place on the web! I'm so glad you stopped and I hope you'll visit for while. It's not easy to meet every one of you at a concert or a festival, soI 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 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 and also does City Park's Twilight Music Series, as well as, numerous parties and 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 25th year.
She supports the Sisters of The Holy Family and their entertainment events for Lafon Nursing Home and their Heavenly Host of Stars Gala.
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, we created a record that remains a sentimental favorite.
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. Enjoy!
Where Ya' At?! - Mixing and making of my new CD is done and it's 0fficial release will be in latter April during the French Quarter Festival (April 20). My calendar is up and really full. So come see me whenever you can fit it into your busy schedule. Drop me a line in advance to let me know you're coming, and I'll keep an eye out for you. March 24th is a day to mark on your calendar for I will be performing at Irma Thomas' Birthday Celebration at Jazzland, the New Orleans Jazz Historic Park and other school and church fairs. I will be away March 30-April 1 for the Tulip Festival in Washington State. Also, I've added a new Notes From A Diva page here, where I'll have more news, thoughts, musings, and highlights from the road, wherever I'm performing. As always, I love hearing from my fans... please tell me what you think of this website - just click on the Contact Me link wherever you see it! - Love, Wanda