Bassist Christian McBride discovered his love for jazz and the bass from an early age: his father Lee Smith and great uncle Howard Cooper, both renowned bass players from Philadelphia, were his mentors. McBride studied at Julliard. He recorded and performed with many jazz legends and ensembles, such as McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny, as well as artists from other genres, among which Sting and James Brown. Before age 40, he had already played, as a sideman, on over 300 recordings. Besides all that, McBride is also co-director of The National Jazz Museum in Harlem, New York. After 15 years of studying big band charts, experimenting and writing, McBride developed sufficient material for a CD, recruiting some of New York's best players. The result was The Good Feeling (2011), for which he wrote six original pieces. In 2013, he brings his big band to Curaçao.