- The Sweetheart of new Orleans -
WANDA ROUZAN - Critical acclaim says that Ms. Rouzan is not just a “Taste of New Orleans”, but, a “Whole Meal”. Wanda, the Sweetheart of New Orleans and one of the Crescent City’s premier musical ambassadors, leads her own band, “A Taste of New Orleans” performing all over the world. She can, also, be seen regularly with Norbert Susemihl’s New Orleans All-Stars featuring Louis Ford and Jason Marsalis. Singer, actress, choreographer, grand marshal and educator, Wanda is the quintessential, Big Easy performing artist. Her show business career spans nearly fifty years. She appears regularly at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Tulane University’s Commencement, and as a regular in the upcoming season of HBO’s “Treme”. Wanda has three recordings with the fourth, Mama Roux, soon to be released in 2011. Visit her on facebook or on her website, www.wandarouzan.com. 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 & A Taste of New Orleans will keep you moving and fill your heart and spirit. Ms. Rouzan has a Master’s Degree and teaches Theatre Arts at Audubon Charter School.She is forever grateful giving thanks to her God, loving family and fantastic fans while she continues to promote the culture, music and tradition of her beloved New Orleans. M….M….Good!
See, as a child I grew up singing with my sisters, Barbara and Laura (The Rouzan Sisters). We'd be singing in the kitchen, on the front porch, anywhere anybody would listen. I was called Wanda Lee then or simply my nickname, Huckle-Buck. I used to sing and do the huckle-buck dance as well as eat huckle bucks (frozen cups), as many as I could as often as I could on a hot New Orleans day. The Rouzan Sisters were Frisco Records recording artists, a small local independent label. In the 60's we backed up Danny White on "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" and later had our own single, "Men of War". Growing up as one of New Orleans Gumbo People has been special, real special. That New Orleans tradition, family and entertainment is my life!
Wanda Rouzan, THE SWEETHEART OF NEW ORLEANS MUSIC, is best known as one of the crescent city’s premier musical ambassadors. Wanda is usually seen leading her band, “A Taste of New Orleans”, as well as singing with other bands and orchestras, performing at night clubs, festivals, conventions, casinos, river boats and cruise ships. She has toured the United States, Australia, Europe, Brazil and Japan, taking her music all over the world. Wanda fuses Blues and Jazz, Gospel and Soul, into a ‘Jump on your feet and sing along’ music revival. Ms. Rouzan’s performances will fill your heart and spirit. Her show business career has been greatly influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Dinah Washington, Irma Thomas, Mahalia Jackson and Ellyna Tatum, New Orleans’ First Female Grand Marshal. She carries on the New Orleans Tradition of leading Jazz Funerals and parades and Wanda is one the few females to do so. Rouzan was honored by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival when her Grand Marshall portrait graced the 1999 promotional poster and program book commemorating its 30th anniversary.
Musical Theater plays a prominent part in Wanda’s career. She’s a veteran performer in Tours of Vernel Bagneris’ Musical “One Mo’ Time”. She was also recognized for performances in “A...My Name Is Alice”, and the CAC’s 1960’s hit musical, “Where the Girls Were”, where she regularly received standing ovations for her portrayal of Tina Turner. The ovations continued for her brilliant performance as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” with Ellis Marsalis for which she received the Gambit’s ‘Big Easy’ Best Actress Award. She has also received a ‘Big Easy’ award for Best Female Performer and continues to be recognized as one of New Orleans’ Treasures. Wanda served as honorary music chair for the 2000 Gambit Big Easy Entertainment Awards. Hear her music on Huckle-Buck Records: "It's What I Do", "A Taste of New Orleans" and "Where Ya At?!".
Ms. Rouzan has a Masters Degree, teaches drama to talented youngsters in the New Orleans Public Schools and takes great pride in her New Orleans community. She does volunteer work for numerous non-profit organizations, churches, and schools by donating her time and talents. Wanda serves on various boards and is always ready and willing to help or assist whenever called upon. She has entertained thousands throughout her career in this country and around the world and has truly been an Ambassador for the City of New Orleans.