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!”

Bob Christopherson ( keyboard )

is an associate professor in the Piano department at Berklee College of Music. He is a pianist, singer, performer, composer, record producer, and perhaps most importantly, a passionate mentor and lifelong student of music. His interest in music began early in life, given that his father was a violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra, and his mother is a concert pianist with a doctorate in music. Christopherson performs frequently throughout New England, and serves as music director for Boston’s Hampshire House. As a sideman, he has performed or recorded with Christine McVie, Chuck Berry, Phil Wilson, and The Platters, among many others. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Berklee, and also studied jazz piano and composition with renowned jazz guru Charlie Banacos.

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.

David Gold
David Gold ( bass on July 18 )

used to play with the outstanding Memphis pianist, bandleader, producer, and educator, James Williams. David also played the stand-up bass with many other piano greats including Cyrus Chestnut, James Williams, and Bob Christopherson. He spent a month in Conakry, the capital of Guinea,West Africa, studying djembe and Malinke rhythms with drum master Famoudou Konaté. For the past year, he has been performing with the Follen Angels.

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”.