In Columbus he has been member of the Bobby Floyd Project and co-founder of Yumbambe. His quartet was a featured for eight years at Spagio with Dave Powers, Jim Powell and Joe Ong. He also sings and plays regularly with pianist Joe Dunlap. He feels fortunate to have made music with many of the greats of jazz including Byron Stripling, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano and Hank Marr.
He has been a featured vocalist and soloist at the Blue Note with Jorge Anders Latin/Jazz Band, appeared in Bob Kindred and Anne Phillips’ Bending Towards the Light: A Jazz Nativity along with Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Jackie and Roy Kral, Harry “Sweets” Edison and many luminaries. He has performed for venues of all types, stages, orchestra pits, clubs and schools.
As a composer and songwriter he has over 100 compositions. His music regionally is found in the Worthington bicentennial play, The Scioto Company (“Let’s Take a Walk Around Worthington,” “Worthington, Oh Worthington”), and also is composer and lyricist for “Back Where I Belong,” the official song of Licking County, Ohio. A family man, Jim has writes many songs for and about children. His children’s choir piece “We the Children” was performed by the Columbus Girl’s Choir, Colonial Hills Choir in Worthington, and throughout Ohio.
In 1991 Masters created The American Jazz Experience which is an Artist in Schools one-hour informance which he and his quintet have presented to over 200,000 students in central Ohio. He and the ensemble are deeply committed to sharing and perpetuating this American classic music with generations to come. He shares this viewpoint with his partner and the Jazz Arts Group. He is involved with JAG’s Making Choices program and the Jazz Academy.
He served on the faculty of The Ohio State University as jazz trombone instructor and lecturer for thirteen years and two years as vocal jazz instructor at Capital University. Jim appears on the faculty of numerous music camps and festivals throughout the country including the Stanford Jazz Workshop. He created and performed two youth concerts with the Jazz Knights at WestPoint Academy and currently conducts and presents for the Columbus Jazz Orchestra in their young people’s concert series All That Jazz.