Born in August of 1993, Masters began playing and studying classical piano at the age of 5. By the age of 13 he gravitated towards studying jazz music after being exposed to musicians such as Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, and John Coltrane. By 2008, Masters was performing at venues in Detroit in addition to actively participating in programs at Detroit’s Virgil Carr Center and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Jazz Orchestra. It was through those programs that he was able to learn from and be mentored by a legacy of Detroit jazz musicians such as Marcus Belgrave, Rob Pipho, Sean Dobbins, Rodney Whitaker, Rayse Biggs, Geri Allen, and Tad Weed. “Their wisdom and the opportunity to be immersed in the rich community of Detroit’s living jazz culture has laid a strong foundation in my musical path. It has taught me what it really means to play this music, and has provided an authentic place where I can grow. To this day, the musicianship and artistry that lives on in this city still serves as one of my greatest sources of inspiration.”
In 2012, Masters was accepted into William Paterson University’s highly-acclaimed Jazz Studies Program led by one of New York’s elder statesmen of piano, the late great Mulgrew Miller. He was taught through the aural tradition and gained invaluable wisdom from legendary jazz pianist, Harold Mabern. “They were enormous influences of mine in and out of the classroom on both a musical and personal level”.
Since completing his musical studies in 2016, Masters has taken the next step in his musical career by moving to Jersey City, NJ and becoming involved in the community and music culture happening there and in NYC. Since moving to Jersey City, Masters has had the great honor and privilege of working with, and playing alongside, one of the great jazz drummers and band leaders of today, Winard Harper. Masters can be heard playing every Sunday at Moore’s Lounge, as part of Harper’s ongoing “Meet the Artist Series.” This event gives musicians and fans in and out of the community the chance to listen and ask questions of featured artists such as Regina Carter, Dave Stryker, Russell Malone, Rufus Reid, Charlie Persip, Paul West, Antonio Hart, Freddie Hendrix, Lew Tabackin, Stacy Dillard, Wycliffe Gordon, Phillip Harper, Norman Simmons, and more. Masters also currently runs a weekly Friday session at Moore’s Lounge open to all musicians, artists, and talents in the community.
With a personal mission of educating and giving back to his community, Masters teaches lessons privately and works as a music instructor for a pre-kindergarten – 8th grade school in Irvington, New Jersey. “I take great pride in having the opportunity to inspire future generations of musicians.”