New Orleans-based vintage French jazz band, Pardon My French! began as a collaboration between NYC swing guitarist Pete Roze’ and Memphis-born actress/singer Caroline Fourmy. They loved the sound of Edith Piaf and Charles Trenet tunes and soon expanded their repertoire to include Serge Gainsbourg, Eartha Kitt, and Pink Martini favorites. With the addition of New Orleans native and traditional jazz star Joshua Gouzy on bass and classical composer, accordion, and world music aficionado Michael Ward-Bergeman on accordion, the quartet began playing house concerts and intimate venues throughout New Orleans. An album and video later, they found themselves touring (and having to learn French!!)
Pete has worked on the national and international tours of “Big River”, “The Color Purple”, “Ave Q,” and “Ring Of Fire.” He has also performed with jazz veterans of the famous big bands and small combos including Eddie Barefield of Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald; Doc Cheatham of Chick Webb, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Cab Calloway; Max Kaminsky & Jess Stacey of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, and John Lewis of The Modern Jazz Quartet. Right out of college, he taught guitar and ensemble classes to underserved at risk youth at NYC’s premier youth center The Door- a center of alternatives in Greenwich Village, and in New Orleans continues to play with incredible musicians of many genres.
Caroline is a Memphis native who has lived in and loved New Orleans for the past ten years, singing with such groups as The Dapper Dandies, Johnny Dilks and the Highway Kind, The Danah Abbott Band, and her very own Moonshine and Caroline. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Steppenwolf's Theatre programs and has been a singer, actress, and lover of French since she was very small. She continues to sing with the First Grace Gospel Choir and writes her own music when not appearing in such films as Pitch Perfect, Supercon, and Shock and Awe.
A New Orleans native, Joshua Gouzy is an upright bassist and current member of more than nine New Orleans-based bands. An alumni of both Loyola University of New Orleans and the University of New Orleans, Joshua performs both locally and internationally with premier local musicians whose talent and professionalism are of the highest caliber.
Michael Ward-Bergeman is a passionate performer, songwriter and composer. His sensitive and creative approach to music making has led to performances, recordings and collaborations with musicians and composers from across a wide range of genres and cultural backgrounds.