The pH Factor Big Band was formed in January of 2008 and was formerly known as the Musicworks Jazz Orchestra. Paul Harshman is the musical director and leads the group. His focus on exciting and challenging repertoire has drawn a highly talented ensemble of musicians that enjoy performing great big band compositions at the highest level. The players are
some of the finest in the area and the band has a nice mixture of established and younger musicians that gives the group great chemistry. Together, the band strives to entertain the audience and itself by exploring a wide range of music from composers and arrangers such as Bill Holman, Fred Sturm, Maria Schneider, Astor Piazzolla, Peter Herbolzheimer, Chico O'Farrill, Jim McNeely, Tommy Newsom, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Carter and Stan Kenton.
Mat Montgomery has been composing for over 10 years. His music has been inspired by other Seattle area composers like Marius Nordal and Jim Knapp as well as pulling inspiration from outside of jazz, including rock, dubstep, and Indian classical music. His music explores the wide array of sounds available from a traditional big band instrumentation.
released August 4, 2017
Director: Paul Harshman
Reeds: Jory Tindall, Kathy Kronmal, Brian Bermudez, Adam Rupert, Alan Lund
Bones: Terry Freeman, Todd Nordling/Randy Ruback, Jamie Paulson, Grant Ausley
Trumpets: Dennis Haldane, Eric Jellison, Thomas Morgan, Mat Montgomery
Rhythm: Jacob Yackshaw, Bass, Ed Littlefield, Drums, Emily Cheever, Piano
Recorded at Avast Studios in Seattle, WA
Engineered by Adam Burd
Mixed by Adam Burd and Mat Montgomery
Mastered at Black Belt Mastering by Levi Seitz
Cover Art by Michelle Poole