SOUNDS GOOD, FEELS GOOD is Big Beat’s swinging, high-energy party of original, pop, funk, soul, R&B, and gospel tunes performed by a 19-piece orchestra made up of the some of the finest up-and-coming East Coast musicians who are destined to populate the upper echelons of the jazz firmament. BIG BEAT is a band comprising mostly younger musicians who have taken up the big band mantle, imbuing the music with a contemporary edge while still hewing to the traditional big band spirit. The co-leaders and founders of the band are four young men who all graduated with Master’s Degrees in Jazz Arranging from William Paterson University in New Jersey. They are bassist CHARLIE DOUGHERTY, saxophonist PHIL ENGSBERG, trombonist CALEB RUMLEY, and pianist RYAN TOMSKI. In addition to their mastery of their respective instruments, each one is a top-notch arranger and composer. The band also features vocalist ALLISON MCKENZIE, a young woman with a powerful but lyrical voice that easily bridges the jazz and pop worlds. She is a superb songwriter and contributed four original tunes to this album. Based on the modern jazz tradition, Big Beat’s innovative arrangements bring the big band sound into the 21st Century. With McKenzie’s soaring vocals and the band’s tight-knit, spot-on musicianship, SOUNDS GOOD, FEELS GOOD, as the name indicates, is an album that undoubtedly sounds good and feels good.