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About Tim Masters

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Tim Masters is a native Washingtonian who has been actively involved in jazz radio for over 33 years. He began his work in radio as a blues, news, and classical music programmer while attending school in Boston, Massachusetts. From 1982 to 1997, Tim was host/producer of Jazz Masters with Tim Masters on Washington’s WDCU-FM. After WDCU’s license was sold to the C-SPAN cable networks in October ’97, Jazz Masters was heard on Annapolis-based WRNR-FM from May 2000 to August 2001. Tim joined WPFW 89.3 FM in April 2007 and is currently the Host/Producer of the Thursday edition of "Night Jazz" (Jazz Masters Edition), from 8 to 10pm ET.

Tim began his professional association with jazz as a researcher for the Grammy Award-winning Time-Life Giants of Jazz series, interviewing such legends as Eubie Blake, Count Basie, Dexter Gordon, McCoy Tyner, Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Mary Lou Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams and many others. As a writer he has contributed feature articles on blues legend Muddy Waters and Washington’s own R&B pioneer Clarence "Bull Moose" Jackson to the Washington City Paper. Tim has also written liner notes for numerous jazz CDs and is a founding board member of the Jazz Foundation of America.

Tim’s early education in jazz came from listening to legendary Washington radio host Felix Grant whose “Album Sound” program was heard nightly on WMAL-AM for more than 40 years. Tim had the honor of working alongside his mentor when Grant joined WDCU’s staff in the mid-1980s.

Tim Masters joined the JazzTimes community on Sep 23, 2011