The Follen Angels

Performing Jazz, Cabaret, Oldies Pop

Hildy Grossman ( vocals )

a founding member of the Follen Angels, has been called a “natural” jazz singer. She is also an accomplished chanteuse with an impressive range of repertoire. Her performance of international Cabaret songs, in German, French, and Russian has audiences inquiring where she was born. The answer is Chicago! She is equally at home with the American Songbook, Broadway show stoppers, and Classic Rock! Hildy was also the Artistic/Stage Director and Producer of “Devotion Follies” for a decade and has received numerous grants and awards. She is also the lead vocalist on five CDs.

Ken Dantzig ( drums )

is also a founding member of the Follen Angels. He has appeared in clubs and resorts with his own musical organizations and as a guest with other popular groups, show bands, and national headliners. His involvement in Broadway and Jazz Show revues helped pave the way for performing on a Big Band jazz album recorded at RCA Studios. Ken was a radio and television talent and had his own shows in Hartford, Boston, and Providence. His style as a drummer has been compared to Gene Krupa. He thrives on the tension and excitement of a well-polished show. When he smiles and plays, the audience knows that he feels the beat, the emotion, and All That Jazz!”

Rick stone
Rick Stone ( sax )

has performed with the Follen Angels for over seven years and played sax on their latest CDs. He is an amazingly versatile player of wind instruments—sax, clarinet and flute. He has also played and recorded with other outstanding groups such as the Either/Orchestra, the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, and John Tchicai. Rick enjoys teaching young musicians in Brookline Public Schools and at the New England Conservatory.

Paula Markowicz
Paula Markowicz ( vocals, back-up )

has been performing in and around the Boston/Rhode Island area for the last 30 years and is well known for roles in musical theater, including Mother in Ragtime, Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty, Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella in Into the Woods, Miss Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Ann Hampton Calloway in Swing! She also has performed in a concert series with Broadway, movie and TV star, Rex Smith; with American Idol finalist, Clay Aiken, in his Joyful Noise concert; and with Broadway, movie and TV legend, Len Cariou, in Overture Productions’ award-winning Follies in Concert. Paula’s ongoing performances are also with the dynamic powerhouse group, Divas With a Twist! –

Milt Reder
Milt Reder ( guitar )

was mentored by Broadway’s Jule Styne. He went on to co-write songs with Don (Mercy, Mercy) Covay and Bennie (Please Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood ) Benjamin. One of his songs, Red Bandanna, was the first and only song to be performed in English by Latin music superstar Danny Rivera at Madison Square Garden in NYC. He toured and wrote most of the catalog for Roots Rocker Barrence Whitfield and the Savages. Milt worked as sideman and session player for Bo Diddley, Robin Lane, the Blue Hawaiians, Brother Red (with Plas Johnson), and Susan Tedeschi. As the creator of Rear Window studio, he has produced records by Barrence Whitfield, Four Piece Suit, the Groove Juice Symphony, Sugar Twins and others. He also composed and performed on HBO’s “Sex and the City”.

Michael Ball ( bass )

Michael Ball was born in the Midwestern states where he began his career playing bass in clubs and on concert stages with Kansas City greats such as Jay McShann and others. Michael Has shared the stage with such midwest jazz greats as Clark Terry and was very active with touring bands throughout the Midwest. Michael earned a degree at New England Conservatory in Boston where he currently lives. Michael has played in the New England area clubs and concerts with jazz greats Jimmy Giuffre and George Russell to name a few and remains very active in the New England music venue. Michael has Studied bass with world renowned bassist Cecil McBee.

Shinichi Otsu ( keyboard )

Graduated Magma Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music and is now an Assistant Professor in the piano department. He has toured throughout the U.S. and Canada with Greg Piccolo and Heavy Juice as a keyboardist and a musical director, appeared at major music festivals and clubs, including 2005 W.C. Handy Award. He worked for the musical, RENT and has also performed and/or recorded with Jaimoe from The Allman Brothers Band, Jay Geils, Sam Butera’s The Wildest, Marty Allen, Tommy Tune, Jean Carne, Jody Williams, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard and Michelle Willson. He opened for Robert Cray, Dr. John, Al Martino, Roberta Flack, John Scofield and The Sun Ra Arkestra. He has released 7 of his own albums at iTunes and Amazon and “Orifice” was selected for 2012 Musical Top Ten (ranked #6) by the Boston-based music magazine, “The Noise”.