Sean Peterson is a bassist and composer based in Eugene, Oregon. He performs in numerous genres, including Jazz, Baroque, Funk, and Salsa. In 2015 he released his first album as a leader, "Let It Show," which he composed, arranged, recorded and mixed. In 2014 Sean received his Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. He performs regularly with Halie Loren, Laura Kemp, Torrey Newhart, Carl Woideck and Oregon Bach Collegium. Previously he has performed with Taarka, Eleven Eyes, Beta Collide, The Oregon Jazz Ensemble, Oregon Composers’ Big Band, and The Harry James Orchestra. Sean does it for the love.
Sean is a PhD candidate in musicology at the University of Oregon. He is at work on his dissertation, entitled "Something Real: Rap, Resistance, and the Music of the Soulquarians.” He has presented papers on hip hop producer J Dilla and hip hop band The Roots at regional and national academic conferences. His other projects involve research on intersections and influence between jazz and hip hop music, dynamics of live instrumentation and music technology, rhetorical analyses of jazz performances, and hip hop in musical theater. Sean teaches University classes on Blues History, Rock History, and Hip Hop History, and is the coach and founder of the Hip Hop Ensemble, a for-credit University band which composes, arranges, and performs hip hop music.